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  • LONDON, Feb 27- The stark choice faced by Britons in May's national election is summed up nowhere more clearly than by the two men vying to be finance minister. The Conservatives' George Osborne, 43, and Labour's Ed Balls, 48, have helped define what their parties stand for. "We are getting a genuinely significant choice," said Paul Johnson, director of the Institute...

  • *Morgan Stanley colleagues pay glowing tributes. LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 26- The man synonymous with the "light-touch" regulation which allowed Royal Bank of Scotland to spiral out of control before its 45.5 billion pound government rescue looks set to guide it back to private hands. Davies, then deputy governor of the Bank of England, was asked to create a new city...

  • *Liberal Democrats bidding for second stint in coalition. SHEFFIELD, England, Feb 5- Britain's Deputy Prime Minister has two battles to win by May. Nick Clegg's centrist Liberal Democrats will have been in coalition government with the centre-right, anti-welfare state Conservatives for five years when the next general election comes around.

  • LONDON, Feb 4- Germany must relax its insistence on austerity and stoke domestic demand so struggling euro zone nations like Greece can grow their way out of crisis, the man who could be Britain's finance minister after May elections said. On Britain, the opposition Labor party's finance minister-in-waiting said Prime Minister David Cameron's planned...

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 28- British finance minister George Osborne will announce on Monday that he will scrap a tax on inherited pension savings as he lays out the Conservative Party's pitch to win the next election on the back of its economic policies.

  • PARIS/ BRUSSELS, Sept 19- Scotland's vote against independence offers lessons for British politicians and their European partners faced with a referendum on whether to stay in the EU which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised for 2017..

  • EDINBURGH/ LONDON, Sept 19- When 3.6 million Scots voted on Thursday on whether to leave or stay within the United Kingdom, they were answering one simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country?

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland has chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, spurning independence in a historic referendum that had worried allies and investors, results showed on Friday with more than two thirds of the vote declared. Supporters of the United Kingdom have won 54 percent of the vote, according to Reuters calculations, and that share could climb.

  • *PM Cameron and Elizabeth II expected to comment. EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland has voted against breaking from the United Kingdom in half its constituencies home to nearly one third of the electorate, early results from a divisive independence referendum showed. Scotland's final verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time on Friday.

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland voted against breaking apart the United Kingdom in four small constituencies, early referendum results showed on Friday, as Scots agonized over the fate of their country following a divisive independence campaign.

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scots agonized over the fate of their country on Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom.

  • *London offers more powers if Scotland stays. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307- year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences. The gap is sufficiently close that if the pollsters have got it marginally wrong, Scotland could go its own way.

  • *London offers more powers if Scotland stays. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307- year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences.

  • *Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307- year-old union with England and become an independent nation or stay within the United Kingdom- a decision which could have consequences across the globe.

  • *Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307- year union or back secession. "This is an historic day for Scotland.

  • *Polling stations open at 0600 GMT on Thursday. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307- year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.

  • *Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. *Polling stations open at 0600 GMT on Thursday. EDINBURGH, Sept 17- On the eve of Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307- year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.

  • *London pledges Scotland health spending powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Britain promised to guarantee Scotland's high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.

  • GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept 15- Once mocked for claiming to have saved the world after the 2008 financial crisis, former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown may now have the fate of Scotland in his hands.