Housing market gathers pace in March – RICS

LONDON (Reuters) - British house prices unexpectedly picked up speed in March and sales reached a six-year high, a survey showed on Thursday, suggesting the market is still firmly on the rise, after recent...

20 hurt in mass stabbing at US high school

An American student stabbed 19 teenagers and a security guard in a bloody 30-minute rampage in the classrooms and hallways of a Pennsylvania high school, officials said. At least four students were critically injured in...

Government allows G4S to bid for work again

By Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - Security group G4S will again be considered for government contracts after ministers said on Wednesday they were satisfied with the firm's efforts to overhaul itself following a series of...

UK warns it may not buy electricity from an independent Scotland

By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - Britain may not buy electricity from an independent Scottish state if imports from alternative markets are cheaper, the UK government has warned, putting further pressure on Scotland five months...

Half A Billion Pounds ‘Wasted’ On Anti-Flu Drugs

Half a billion pounds has been wasted stockpiling two ineffective anti-flu drugs, according to researchers. A study claims there is "no good evidence" Tamiflu and Relenza stop the spread of the infection or prevent the...

US Navy to test electromagnetic gun aboard high-speed vessel in 2016

As the US Navy touts the capabilities of its new, high-powered electromagnetic rail gun, the service has announced its goal of testing the weapon at sea in 2016. The rail gun, often likened to something...

Lawmakers call on oil and gas producers to ditch ‘dirty, bloody dollar’

A group of Lower House MPs are urging Russian oil and gas producers and traders to stop using the US dollar. They say this means sharing profits with the USA, and making Russia vulnerable...

FSB foils activities of 304 foreign spies in 2013 – Putin

President Putin has highlighted the success of Russia's internal security service in counter-intelligence. Speaking at the FSB executive council he said that fighting extremism is the agency's top priority. “The situation remains complicated, the terrorist...

GCHQ cleared of illegal activity, but questions on snooping approvals ‘overuse’ linger

While Britain’s intelligence agencies do not circumvent UK law or carry out “indiscriminate mass intrusions” of law-abiding citizens, they may be overusing authorizations to access private communications data, a government-appointed commissioner says. Sir Anthony May,...

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