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Scottish independence gets boost from Hong Kong's money markets

In a week that has seen Britain discuss the very future of the pound sterling and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong's money changers have provided an unwitting boost to the Scottish independence movement by offering a separate - and more favourable - rate for Scottish pound notes.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 5:50am

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world

Residents of the windswept archipelago in the South Atlantic have hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant “YES” made of four-wheel drives ahead of the vote.

10 Mar 2013 - 10:42am 1 comment

British PM David Cameron urges Scots not to split from union

In his latest attempt to convince Scots ahead of a referendum on independence next year, Cameron urged Scotland to avoid breaking the nation apart, saying that it had the best of both worlds as things are.

10 Feb 2013 - 10:46am

Hong Kong beats UK, US on 'human freedom' index

Hong Kong ranks third-best globally for "human freedom", topping such well-established democracies as the United States and United Kingdom, according to the research from the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank. The mainland stood at 100th.

10 Jan 2013 - 8:33am 12 comments

Give up the Falklands, Argentina’s Kirchner tells UK

Argentina’s president called on Britain on Thursday to relinquish control of the Falkland Islands, accusing London of taking part in an act of “blatant colonialism” in claiming the wind-swept archipelago.

4 Jan 2013 - 6:13pm

UK launches interview scheme to crack down on bogus students

Consular staff will interview more than 100,000 prospective students hoping to study in Britain as the UK government moves to stop bogus students from entering the country, says the interior minister.

14 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Abortion in Ireland returned to spotlight by death

About 10,000 people marched through Dublin and observed a minute's silence in memory of an Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Accountant Robert Brown fights to prove he is Princess Margaret's son

A Jersey accountant is restarting his legal battle to find out if he is the late Princess Margaret's secret illegitimate son.

Robert Brown, 57, said he was prepared to spend up to £100,000 fighting for access to sensitive documents relating to the will of Queen Elizabeth's sister.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:12am

Briefs, November 7, 2012

Brother of parliament speaker assassinated

BEIRUT - Gunmen shot and killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in the capital, Damascus, the state-run news agency reported on Tuesday. The Sana news agency said Mohammed Osama Laham, brother of Parliament Speaker Jihad Laham was killed. AP  

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

The quintessential British experience at Boconnoc House

After a 10-year renovation, Boconnoc House in the Cornwall countryside is back to its former glory. Kylie Knott meets the estate's interior designer who has her creative sites fixed on Asia.

2 Nov 2012 - 12:04am