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*Britain set for defeat over Juncker as Dutch, Swedes switch. BRUSSELS, June 25- Britain's slender hopes of securing Italian support in its campaign to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming European Commission president crumbled on Wednesday when Germany offered Rome a gentler interpretation of EU budget rules.
LONDON, June 25- Just weeks before her trial on phone-hacking charges was due to start, Rebekah Brooks got some crushing news: the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm learnt that her main defence lawyer could no longer represent her.
PARIS, June 25- For the boss of General Electric, the trials and tribulations of doing business in France are summed up in the lyric of an old Rolling Stones' song: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need."
LONDON, June 25- Britain said on Wednesday it would push the European Union to improve the way it sets financial rules, promising to protect London's role as a global financial sector and demanding better assessments of the impact of new regulations.
LONDON, June 24- On July 7, 2011, at the height of Britain's phone-hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks announced the closure of Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, The News of the World. That evening, she sat with senior colleagues in a restaurant in London's Chelsea Harbor, fighting back tears.
*Cameron apologizes for hiring Andy Coulson. LONDON, June 24- Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment.
*Scandal shocked Britain's political elite. LONDON, June 24- Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment.
LONDON, June 24- Rebekah Brooks, who once ran Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into the phones of celebrities and crime victims, as well as bribing officials in the hunt for exclusive news.
LONDON, June 24- The acquittal of Rupert Murdoch's protegee over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid is a relief for the 83- year-old tycoon and his businesses, although his 40 year spell over British politics is probably still broken for good.
LONDON, June 24- Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in the hunt for exclusive news.
PARIS, June 23- Observing the build-up to this week's European Union summit, which is due to nominate the next president of the executive European Commission and draw up a policy agenda for the next five years, is like watching a slow-motion train wreck.
DUNDEE, Scotland, June 22- Gordon Brown, once ranked Britain's most unpopular prime minister in half a century, may yet emerge as the man who convinces Scots to reject independence. But in the industrial towns of Scotland where the fate of the United Kingdom will be set by 1 million as yet undecided voters in a Sept. 18 referendum, few rival Brown's influence.
BRUSSELS, June 19- The hardline Islamist group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq is probably training and directing foreign fighters to carry out attacks in Europe and elsewhere, the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator said on Thursday.
LONDON, June 18- When Britain elects a new government in May next year, business faces a difficult choice: Conservatives who could pull the country out of the European Union, or Labour waving the threat of tougher regulation.
LONDON, June 17- Britain and China signed deals on Tuesday worth more than 14 billion pounds during a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, with energy and finance dominating the trade agenda.
*More budget leeway key for Italy's support for Juncker. BRUSSELS/ ROME June 17- The European Union, supported by Germany, is working to meet an Italian demand to shift focus from austerity towards growth, in a deal that could help cement Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president.
*More budget leeway key for Italy's support for Juncker. *Germany supports Italy's push for more room for budget manoeuvre.
*China keen to put rights row behind it. LONDON, June 17- A $20 billion liquefied natural gas deal and a move to strengthen London's position in offshore yuan trading will crown a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Britain on Tuesday.
MOSCOW, June 17- Oil major BP will sign a deal worth around $20 billion later on Tuesday to supply China National Offshore Oil Corporation with liquefied natural gas, BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley said at a conference in Moscow.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will arrive in London on Monday evening for talks on billion-dollar trade deals.