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Full Brexit in January 2021 as EU sets transition deadline

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants a transition period after Brexit to end no later than the last day of 2020, according to the European Commission's negotiating directives agreed on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/12/20 13:10:08

Britain might need to raise tax revenues to fix deficit - IMF

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain may need to raise more money from taxes to bring down its budget deficit after relying heavily on keeping a tight grip on public spending, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/12/20 12:40:18

FTSE dips ahead of U.S. tax bill final vote

LONDON (Reuters) - UK shares dipped on Wednesday along with other European bourses ahead of a final vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow Donald Trump to sign massive tax cuts into law.


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Posted 2017/12/20 10:28:57

UK employers downbeat on economy, less confident about hiring - survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Fewer British employers plan to hire extra staff next year due to one of the gloomiest economic outlooks since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, a monthly recruitment industry survey showed on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/12/20 08:20:18

Thales agrees 4.8 billion euro Gemalto takeover, Atos throws in towel

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defence group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto for 4.8 billion euros (4.23 billion pounds) , trumping an earlier bid by fellow French firm Atos to expand in the fast-growing digital security market.


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Posted 2017/12/17 20:15:41

Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

(Reuters) - Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists "at any time".


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:48:22

U.N. to vote Monday on call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a draft resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said, a move likely to face a Washington veto.


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:27:21

SPD leader wants Merkel to relinquish finance ministry - Handelsblatt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz wants Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to leave the powerful finance ministry to his centre-left party in coalition talks, a report in business daily Handelsblatt said.


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:17:17

Female British embassy worker found strangled near Beirut

BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - A female British embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday.


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Posted 2017/12/17 19:15:07

Kremlin says U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin said.


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Posted 2017/12/17 17:38:31

Brexit will not be derailed, says May ahead of crunch cabinet meetings

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would not be derailed from leaving the European Union, laying the groundwork for difficult meetings this week in which she will try to unite a divided cabinet behind her vision for post-Brexit Britain.


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Posted 2017/12/17 10:56:30

U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognised the city as Israel's capital.


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Posted 2017/12/16 21:59:00

More than half of Britons now want to stay in EU - poll

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A poll has found that 51 percent of Britons would now keep European Union membership while 41 percent want to leave the bloc, a near reversal of last year's referendum result.


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Posted 2017/12/16 21:41:57

Exclusive - Bankers may get notes to help push industry line on Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Bankers may be given a cribsheet to help the industry push for close ties with the European Union following Brexit, according to a document drawn up for the organisation that promotes Britain as a financial centre.


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Posted 2017/12/16 20:52:51

Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.


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Posted 2017/12/16 19:29:41

Austrian conservatives bring far right into government

By Kirsti Knolle, Shadia Nasralla and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich


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Posted 2017/12/16 18:54:47

China, UK vow to bolster economic cooperation, speed up stock connect plan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Britain have vowed to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues, including speeding the introduction of a London-Shanghai stock connect programme.


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Posted 2017/12/16 09:55:39

Britain looking at distinct trade deal with EU - Hammond

BEIJING (Reuters) - British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Saturday it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for a future trade deal with the European Union, rather than copying existing arrangements like the Canada-EU deal.


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Posted 2017/12/16 09:33:09

Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a "sustained cessation" of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.


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Posted 2017/12/16 02:10:22

Prominent Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A prominent Australian opposition senator, Sam Dastyari, said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese-aligned interests in Australia.


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Posted 2017/12/12 08:42:17