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By Oleg Vukmanovic and Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - British Gas and EDF Energy , two of Britain's largest household energy suppliers, bowed to pressure from regulators and rivals by cutting domestic gas prices on Thursday. A 57-percent drop in wholesale gas prices since this time last year has put pressure on Britain's Big Six energy suppliers to pass on cost savings to retail customers. "Seeing all of the big suppliers mirror each other with small cuts in the face of falling wholesale prices will raise questions in many people's minds about whether competition is working in this market," Richard Lloyd, executive director at consumer group Which?
By Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States is pressing allies on Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria's civil war. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to start talks on Thursday afternoon in Brussels with more than two dozen defense ministers, including from key ally Saudi Arabia, which has held out the possibility of sending special forces into Syria.