Syrian rebels, government say new deal in works to secure Aleppo evacuation

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of Syria's east Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday after demands from pro-government forces that people also be moved out of two villages besieged by insurgents.


Posted 2016/12/17 15:33:52

Supporters, opponents of embattled Park stage big rallies in Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - Supporters of South Korean President Pak Geun-hye rallied on Saturday for her reinstatement while opponents gathered to repeat their demands that the leader impeached over a corruption scandal step down immediately.


Posted 2016/12/17 14:53:18

Seven candidates to compete in French left-wing presidential primaries

PARIS (Reuters) - Seven candidates will run in next month's French left-wing primaries seeking to win the nomination for next year's presidential election, the organisers said on Saturday.


Posted 2016/12/17 12:31:27

Tsipras says Greece people have made enough sacrifices

(Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a speech in Berlin to a congress of European leftist parties on Saturday that it was time for his country's creditors to understand that the Greek people have made enough sacrifices.


Posted 2016/12/17 12:15:41

Exclusive - Foreign banks in Britain pay fraction of tax rate

LONDON (Reuters) - Some of the biggest foreign investment and commercial banks operating in Britain paid an average tax rate of just 6 percent on the billions of dollars of profits they made in the country last year, a Reuters analysis of regulatory filings shows.


Posted 2016/12/17 11:05:07

Prison Officers regain control over rioting inmates in UK jail disturbance

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Prison officers regained control of inmates at a prison in Birmingham, England on Friday more than 12 hours after rioting broke out among some 300 prisoners.


Posted 2016/12/16 23:50:59

British Airways says cabin crew to strike over Christmas

(Reuters) - British Airways said on Friday it was "appalled" by trade union Unite's decision to call a strike involving one of its five cabin crew fleets on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Dec. 26).


Posted 2016/12/16 22:52:46

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villages

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of two Shi'ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters.


Posted 2016/12/16 15:02:13

Breakthrough in Japan, Russia islands row eludes PM Abe, Putin

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of talks on Thursday, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two.


Posted 2016/12/16 14:40:18

IS shows no sign of weakening as Mosul battle enters third month

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters have stepped up counterattacks on Iraqi forces in Mosul amid bad weather as the U.S.-backed offensive to capture their last major city stronghold in Iraq enters its third month.


Posted 2016/12/16 13:31:35

Actavis UK raised drug prices 12,000 percent, watchdog finds

(Reuters) - Drug maker Actavis UK broke competition law by raising prices of hydrocortisone tablets by more than 12,000 percent, Britain's competition watchdog said in a provisional ruling on Friday.


Posted 2016/12/16 11:27:30

EU agrees on approach to Brexit talks, May left out in cold

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed their plan for Brexit negotiations on Thursday, pledging to move swiftly and stick together to ensure Britain does not cherry pick a sweet deal that might inspire others to unstitch the bloc.


Posted 2016/12/16 10:22:03

UK business confidence recovers in November - survey  

LONDON (Reuters) - British businesses turned more optimistic in November about the country's economy although they are still not as confident as they were before June's Brexit vote, a survey showed on Friday.


Posted 2016/12/16 07:44:43

London rents fall for first time since 2010 - lender

LONDON (Reuters) - London rents, which are amongst the highest in the world, have fallen this year for the first time since 2010 as landlords rushed into the rental market before a tax increase in April, a report published on Friday showed.


Posted 2016/12/16 06:21:51

Traces of explosives found in Egyptair crash - investigators

CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - Egyptian investigators said on Thursday traces of explosives had been found on the remains of victims of an Egyptair flight that crashed en route from Paris to Cairo, but French officials warned against drawing conclusions on the cause of the crash.


Posted 2016/12/15 23:40:36

Study finds UK sugar tax could save thousands from obesity, diabetes

LONDON (Reuters) - A planned levy on sugary drinks due to be introduced in Britain in April 2018 could significantly reduce the number of people who become obese and develop diabetes and tooth decay, scientists said on Thursday.


Posted 2016/12/15 23:34:08

EU leaders agree to give Parliament role in preparing for Brexit talks - Tusk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders have agreed to invite representatives of the European Parliament to participate in meetings to prepare for Britain's departure from the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday.


Posted 2016/12/15 23:30:53

Italy prepares to pump 15 billion euros into ailing banks - sources

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's government is ready to pump 15 billion euros (£12.5 billion) into Monte dei Paschi di Siena and other ailing banks, sources said, as the country's third-largest lender pushes ahead with a private rescue plan that is widely expected to fail.


Posted 2016/12/15 23:06:21

EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions until mid-2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to extend the bloc's main economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine for six months until mid-2017, diplomats said.


Posted 2016/12/15 22:57:53

Yahoo under scrutiny after latest hack, Verizon seeks new deal terms

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc came under renewed scrutiny by federal investigators and lawmakers on Thursday after disclosing the largest known data breach in history, prompting Verizon Communications Inc to demand better terms for its planned purchase of Yahoo's internet business.


Posted 2016/12/15 22:43:23