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Next says UK recovery not yet sustainable

By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economic recovery is being driven by an unsustainable pick up in consumer borrowing which could be derailed by higher interest rates, according to the head of retailer Next, a prominent supporter of the prime minister's Conservative Party.

British cinematographer Oswald Morris dies aged 98

British cinematographer Oswald Morris, who won an Oscar for "Fiddler on the Roof" and worked with legendary directors including Stanley Kubric and John Huston, has died at the age of 98, former colleagues announced. The father of three passed away at his home in Dorset, southern England, on Monday, the British Society of Cinematographers said in a statement. "He had been suffering recently and was happy to move on, which he did contentedly at his home... but it is a great loss to us all," said the society, which he helped found.

NFL: Panthers Newton to undergo ankle surgery

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his sore ankle, the National Football League team announced. The Panthers' team doctor will conduct the surgery to alleviate soreness that Newton has suffered from since the end of the last season. The surgery involves tightening the ankle ligaments which have become stretched. The 24-year-old Newton's rehab is expected to last four months which would make him available in time for the beginning of training camp.

Robot Snowden promises more US spying revelations

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden emerged from his Russian exile Tuesday in the form of a remotely-controlled robot to promise more sensational revelations about US spying programs. The fugitive's face appeared on a screen as he maneuvered the wheeled android around a stage at the TED gathering, addressing an audience in Vancouver without ever leaving his secret hideaway. "There are absolutely more revelations to come," he said. "Some of the most important reporting to be done is yet to come."

Early George Harrison guitar leads Beatles memorabilia auction

(Reuters) - An electric guitar played by George Harrison on British television prior to the Beatles' "invasion" of the United States will go on the auction block along with a rare album cover signed by the Fab Four, Julien's Auctions said on Monday. Harrison's black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 electric guitar is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000 at an auction on May 16-17 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.

UK minister slams concentration of privilege in government

British Prime Minister David Cameron's education minister on Friday condemned the concentration of privilege in the government, saying it was "ridiculous" that so many of the premier's inner circle went to the elite Eton school. Education Secretary Michael Gove, a member of Cameron's Conservative party who himself attended a private school in Scotland, said the situation was unique among developed nations.

Crimea means more to Russia than Falklands do to Britain: Lavrov

LONDON (Reuters) - Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands mean to Britain, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after holding last-ditch talks on the region with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry. The two men were meeting in London ahead of a referendum in Crimea to decide whether the Ukrainian region will become part of Russia, a vote that has sparked tension between Moscow and the West.

British socialist stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88

Tony Benn, the totem of the British left who spearheaded the movement against the Iraq war, died Friday at the age of 88, his family said. A Labour cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s, Benn was a widely respected orator who clashed with his party's leadership over its drift away from the radical socialism he espoused.

Diana leaked royal directory to UK tabloid, court hears

The late Princess Diana leaked a royal phone directory to the now defunct News of the World tabloid, its former royal editor told Britain's phone-hacking trial on Thursday. Clive Goodman said that Diana sent him the contacts book by post in 1992, the year she separated from her husband Prince Charles, the heir to the throne. "She was going through a very, very difficult time," Goodman told London's Old Bailey court, where he is on trial for paying public officials for royal directories.

Princess Diana leaked royal directories to Murdoch tabloid, court hears

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's now defunct British tabloid the News of the World told a court on Thursday the late Princess Diana had given him a directory of royal phone numbers to get back at her then husband Prince Charles. Clive Goodman said the confidential directory which contained numbers of senior members of Britain's royal household was delivered to the newspaper's offices in 1992 when Diana was growing increasingly bitter about her husband.
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