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Germany releases Tunisian suspect in Berlin truck attack

BERLIN/ROME (Reuters) - Germany on Thursday released a Tunisian man detained on suspicion of involvement in the truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market last week, and Italian police searched houses in and around Rome where the main suspect may have spent time.


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Posted 2016/12/29 17:35:19

London street artist Pegasus paints memorial for George Michael

LONDON (Reuters) - Street artist Pegasus has paid tribute to George Michael with a mural of the Wham! singer, who died on Sunday aged 53.


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Posted 2016/12/29 17:20:01

Corbyn accuses May of acting like Henry VIII over Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is acting like Tudor King Henry VIII in refusing to commit to giving parliament a vote on the deal to leave the European Union, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said.


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Posted 2016/12/29 14:48:36

Battered Toshiba out of easy options to plug nuclear hole

TOKYO (Reuters) - Faced with the prospect of a multi-billion-dollar writedown that could wipe out its shareholders' equity, Japan's Toshiba is running out of fixes: it is burning cash, cannot issue shares and has few easy assets left to sell.


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Posted 2016/12/29 12:12:02

UK house prices rise in December, slowdown likely in 2017 - Nationwide

LONDON (Reuters) - British house prices rose faster than expected in December, but the pace of growth is likely to slow in 2017 amid uncertainty about economic developments, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/29 09:40:00

UK business morale hits 18-month high, but outlook murky - Deloitte

LONDON (Reuters) - Morale in large British companies hit an 18-month high in the fourth quarter, bolstered by robust economic growth and recovering fully from a slump that followed the Brexit vote, a survey showed on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/29 00:07:19

EU voters upset but say no inclination to follow Brexit - poll

LONDON (Reuters) - European Union voters in France, Germany, Italy and Greece think their countries are heading in the wrong direction but there is not yet any Europe-wide inclination to follow Britain towards exiting the bloc, according to a poll published on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/29 00:02:39

In parting shot at Israel, Kerry warns Middle East peace in jeopardy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel's building of settlements on occupied land was jeopardizing Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustration with America's longtime ally weeks before he is due to leave office.


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Posted 2016/12/28 21:57:58

Germany holds Tunisian for possible link to Berlin attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - German authorities have detained a Tunisian man they suspect of involvement in the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week that killed 12 people, prosecutors said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2016/12/28 19:04:33

Bradley Wiggins calls time on glittering career

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's most decorated cyclist Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement on Wednesday after a stellar career during which he won most of the sport's biggest prizes.


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Posted 2016/12/28 16:54:35

Britain cracks down on illegal nail-salon workers in fight against modern slavery

LONDON (Reuters) - British immigration officers have raided nearly 300 nail salons and arrested 97 people, mostly from Vietnam, for suspected immigration offences as part of a drive to tackle modern slavery, the Home Office said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2016/12/28 13:12:45

Blast in Afghan capital wounds member of parliament

KABUL (Reuters) - A bomb attack targeted a member of Afghanistan's parliament in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, wounding him and several other people, officials said.


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Posted 2016/12/28 12:59:10

Turkey and Russia have ceasefire plan for Syria, says Ankara

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia have prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said, adding Ankara would not budge on its opposition to President Bashar al-Assad staying in power.


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Posted 2016/12/28 12:45:59

Israel postpones vote on new East Jerusalem homes before Kerry speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pulled back from approving hundreds of new homes for Israelis in annexed East Jerusalem on Wednesday before a speech in which the U.S. Secretary of State was to give further voice to international opposition to settlement building.


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Posted 2016/12/28 12:18:12

On Pearl Harbor visit, Abe pledges Japan will never wage war again

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a symbolic visit to Pearl Harbor with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, commemorating the victims of Japan's World War Two attack and promising that his country would never wage war again.


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Posted 2016/12/28 10:38:56

British banks approve fewer mortgages in November - BBA figures

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of mortgages approved by British banks fell slightly last month after hitting a five-month high in October, while consumer credit continued to expand strongly, industry figures showed on Wednesday.


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Posted 2016/12/28 09:54:10

Russia officials admit sports doping, say not state-sponsored - NYT

(Reuters) - Russian officials for the first time have admitted to mass doping in the country's sports system but dismissed suggestions that the "institutional conspiracy" was state-sponsored, the New York Times reported.


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Posted 2016/12/28 09:32:35

Wing flap fault main theory behind Black Sea Russian jet crash

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators looking into the crash of a military plane that crashed, killing all 92 on board, believe a fault with its wing flaps was the reason it plunged into the Black Sea, an investigative source told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.


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Posted 2016/12/27 20:43:16

ECB tells Monte dei Paschi it needs to raise 8.8 billion euros

MILAN (Reuters) - The European Central Bank has told Monte dei Paschi it needs to plug a capital shortfall of 8.8 billion euros (7 billion pounds), higher than a previous 5 billion euro gap estimated by the bank, the lender said on Monday, confirming what sources told Reuters.


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Posted 2016/12/27 00:31:19

New Egyptian law establishes media regulator picked by president

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will pick a chairman and members of a new media council under a law passed on Monday, giving the body the power to fine or suspend publications and broadcasters and give or revoke licences for foreign media.


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Posted 2016/12/26 23:24:20