Ankle tag monitoring for binge drinkers in London

London, July 31 : London mayor Boris Johnson Thursday launched the first scheme in Britain that will enforce alcohol abstinence among offenders who binge drink through compulsory use of ankle tags.

Ebola outbreak not a global threat: Report

London, July 31 : The deadly Ebola virus does not pose a global threat, a latest report has claimed, adding that as long as the virus continues to infect people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, there is small risk of more long-distance export of the disease.

'Ebola could be a threat to Britain'

London, July 31 : The fatal Ebola virus, which has killed hundreds of people since February, could be a threat to Britain, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Britain prepares to meet Ebola threat

London, July 30 : Authorities in Britain will soon hold an emergency meeting to discuss the "threat" posed by the Ebola virus that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa, a government official said Wednesday.

British drink too much, ignorant: Survey

London, July 30 : Britons are largely viewed as heavy drinkers and ignorant of other cultures, according to a survey by the British Council.

Britain to toughen immigrant benefits rule

London, July 29 : British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new plan that will allow the government to cut European Union (EU) migrants' entitlement to benefits after just three months of claims, media reports said Tuesday.

Britain to join NATO military exercise

London, July 29 : Britain will send a battle group to take part in a major military training in October as part of a NATO package to reassure its allies in eastern Europe, the British defence ministry said Monday.

Indian-origin boy's death to be independently probed in Scotland

London, July 26 : An independent probe has been ordered into the case of an Indian-origin woman who battered her three-year-old son to death in Scotland, media reported.

Bikini diets dominate people in Britain: Survey

London, July 26 : Summer holidays prove to be a powerful motivation for several women to lose weight or get in shape, according to research by health and fitness brand Fitbit.

Bradley Wiggins says he is done with cycle road racing

Glasgow, July 25 : England's cycling star Bradley Wiggins said he was done with road racing and would never participate in the Tour de France.

British-Indian author longlisted for Man Booker Prize

London, July 23 : A novel written by a British Indian author has made it to the first long list of the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction for this year.

Stella McCartney to design Great Britain's team kit for 2016 Olympics

London, July 23 : Stella McCartney has again been chosen to design the Great Britain's official team kit for the 31st Olympic Games to be held in Rio in 2016.

MH17 black boxes arrive in Britain for analysis

London, July 23 : The black box recorders from the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in Britain for data downloading and analysis, the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said Wednesday.

New tell-all book claims Clinton's phone sex calls were used by Israel for blackmail

London, July 23 : A new "tell-all" book has claimed that British spooks eavesdrpped on Bill Clinton's steamy phone sex with Monica Lewinsky and it was also used for blackmailing by Israel.

Queen's Gold Cup 2013 winner horse tests positive for banned substance

Washington, July 23 : The horse of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has failed a drug test, it has been revealed.

Indian student wins damages for illegal detention at Heathrow

London, July 23 : An Indian student has won 3,500 pounds ($5,967) in damages for her illegal detention at Heathrow Airport in London, media reported.

MH17 black boxes arrive in Britain

Kiev, July 23 : The two black boxes of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in Britain Wednesday for analysis, Ukraine's investigation commission said.

Deficit in engineering skills hitting British companies

London, July 23 : British companies are struggling to fill an estimated 2.74 million job openings this decade due to a deficit in engineering skills, according to Engineering UK, a non-profit that promotes the profession.

Dream come true for Buttler, surgery time for Prior

London, July 22 : New England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler finally gets the Test status after serving as a One-Day cricketer and this, he says, is a "dream come true".

Prince George celebrates first birthday

London, July 22 : Prince George turned one Tuesday and his parents thanked everyone for their warm wishes.

Obama affirms strong ties with Britain

Washington, July 22 : US President Barack Obama and Ed Miliband, leader of the British opposition Labour Party, Monday affirmed the strong ties that bind the US and Britain, the White House said in a statement.

Meet the feline obsessed man who claims he can read cats' mind

London, July 21 : A cat fanatic from England has claimed that he has formed the power to read the minds of cats and solve their everyday problems.

Freida Pinto to address Britain's Girl Summit

London, July 21 : Actress Freida Pinto will address and give the closing speech at the world's first Girl Summit hosted by the British government along with its Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Tuesday.

England in trouble as Indian pacers make inroads

London, July 20 : India took complete control of the second Test by reducing England to 105 for four on day four at the Lord's here Sunday.

MH17 tragedy 'huge blow to our allies': David Cameron

London, July 20 : British Prime Minister David Cameron Sunday said the tragedy of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash was "a huge blow" to Britain's allies and urged European countries to take real actions to face the "implications" of events unfolding in eastern Ukraine.

Prince George starts taking baby steps

London, July 20 : Prince William and Kate Middleton's son, who will celebrate his first birthday July 22, has started walking.

London hotel haunted, say England cricketers seeking change

London, July 20 : In a bizarre development, several England cricketers have requested a change of rooms, saying their five-star London hotel is haunted.

'Glee' makers lose appeal over copyright infringement

London, July 20 : After challenging a ruling over the hit TV musical "Glee", executives behind series have lost a copyright appeal in Britain.

'Saturday, 19 July' best day ever to have 'sex'

London, July 19 : A survey has revealed that Saturday, July 19 is the day in the decade when Britons have most sex because of the perfect combination of the day, the date and the month.

Liam Gallagher to sell off NY apartment

Los Angeles, July 19 : British rocker Liam Gallagher is selling off his luxury apartment here.

Boycott rules out Cook ever making it as 'tactical captain'

London, July 18 : Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott is reportedly of the opinion that Alastair Cook would not make it as a 'tactical captain'.

British PM seeks thorough probe into MH17 crash

London, July 18 : British Prime Minister David Cameron Friday urged all governments concerned to "get to the bottom of what happened and how it happened" to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.

Former England defender Ferdinand signs for QPR

London, July 18 : Free agent Rio Ferdinand has agreed a one-year deal with newly promoted Premier League club Queens Park Rangers.

British cyclist banned for abnormalities in biological passport

London, July 18 : British cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke was banned for two years after abnormalities were found in his biological passport, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said.

Ajinkya Rahane saves India the blushes

London, July 18 (IANS/RAY) A technically immaculate, temperamental flawless and a face-saving effort from Ajinkya Rahane saved the day for India on the first day of second Test against England at Lord's here Thursday.

India vs England: Second Test, Day 1, scoreboard

London, July 17 : The following is the scoreboard at stumps on Day 1 of the second Test between India and England at Lord's here Thursday:

Brit couples 'crave sex 5 times a week'

London, July 17 : A large number of British couples have admitted that they are unhappy with their sex life and want to have four times more sex than they are currently having.

Major crackdown on paedophiles across Britain; over 600 arrested

London, July 17 : Police arrested 660 people, including several doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers during a nationwide crackdown on paedophile networks in Britain, Asian Lite, a newspaper for the British-Asian communities, reported.

Imperial War Museum to open new WWI gallery

London, July 17 : The Imperial War Museum here will open its permanent "New First World War Galleries" to the public Saturday, marking the 100th anniversary of the war.

Brit man breaks world record by climbing ladder taller than Everest

London, July 16 : Roofer Keith Saunders recently smashed the world record for ladder climbing at Salisbury Fire Station.

Woman gives birth in British courtroom

London, July 16 : A heavily-pregnant woman gave birth to a baby girl in a court in Britain after going into labour in the witness room, a media report said.

Priti Patel, Modi supporter, is UK minister

London, July 16 : An ardent fan of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has became the treasury minister in the British government.

David Cameron reshuffles cabinet ahead of general elections

London, July 16 : British Prime Minister David Cameron undertook a major cabinet reshuffle Tuesday, appointing more women ministers in his cabinet ahead of the general elections next year.

Jimmy Anderson charged with ICC code violation

London, July 15 : England fast bowler James Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by India team manager Sunil Dev following an alleged incident that took place on the second day of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge.

British Indian MP appointed exchequer secretary

London, July 15 : Indian-origin British MP Priti Patel has been appointed exchequer secretary to the Treasury department dealing with tax policy in a major cabinet reshuffle announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday.

Philip Hammond named new British foreign secretary

London, July 15 : Britih Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday named Philip Hammond the Foreign Secretary and Michael Fallon as the Defence Secretary.

School-going rapists avoid jail in Britain

London, July 15 : Two schoolboys in Britain, who raped a 10-year-old girl, escaped being sent to jail Tuesday because of their young age.

Turned away by hospital, Indian-origin woman gave birth

London, July 15 : An Indian-origin woman in labour was turned away from a hospital's maternity unit in Britain - only to give birth 40 minutes later in her mother's living room, a media report said.

Britain's William Hague steps down as foreign secretary

London, July 15 : British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday he will stand down as foreign secretary after four years to serve as leader of the British House of Commons.

Church of England favours women bishops

London, July 14 : In a historic first, the Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops. The General Synod gave final approval to legislation introducing the change by the required two-thirds majority, BBC reported.

Meet the UK woman who failed her driving test 110 times

London, July 14 : A UK woman has failed her driving theory test 110 times.

Toddler sans nose, can sneeze and catch a cold

London, July 14 : A toddler in Britain has a rare medical condition because of which she was born without a nose. Though the baby-girl does not have any sense of smell, she can still cough, sneeze and catch a cold.

British Museum unveils World Conservation Centre

London, July 12 : The British Museum has unveiled its new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at its central London site.

Prince William admits family life is his 'silver lining'

Washington, July 11 : Prince William referred to his wife and child as his "silver lining" in his life, as he recalled his mother Princess Diana's tragic death while he was only 15, at Buckingham Palace recently.

Britain faces mass strike by public sector workers

London, July 10 : Britain is witnessing one of the biggest strikes by public sector employees in three years with up to one million people expected to take to the streets to protest pay freeze and pension changes as part of austerity measures, media reports said Thursday.

Jessie. J buys bike for cerebral palsy sufferer

Los Angeles, July 10 : British singer Jessie. J spent $3,740 on a specially-built bicycle for a child suffering from cerebral palsy.

Over 50 million children infected with tuberculosis:Study

Sheffield (United Kingdom), July 9 : A new study quantifying the global TB burden among children points to a huge undiagnosed reservoir of TB.

London to be world's top tourist destination, finds survey

Singapore, July 9 : London is likely to become world's top tourist city with the most international overnight visitors, according to a survey.

British Indian girl's death an 'open conclusion', says court

London, July 9 : An inquest into the mysterious death of an eight-year-old British Indian girl has found it to be a case of "open conclusion", a media report said Wednesday.

Britain urges for de-escalation of violence in Israel, Gaza

London, July 9 : British government Tuesday appealed for de-escalation of violence in southern Israel and Gaza, urging all sides to show restraint.