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EU steps up planning for no-deal Brexit

EU steps up planning for no-deal Brexit

December 14, 2018 3:17 pm

Brussels: EU leaders agreed Thursday to step up preparations for Britain crashing out of the bloc next March without a deal, with the European Commission to publish a plan next week. At a summit in Brussels, the leaders of the 27 EU member states called for work on “contingency preparedness” — Brussels jargon for no-deal […]

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Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU

Britain’s May sees no ‘immediate breakthrough’ at EU

December 13, 2018 9:10 pm

Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May warned she expects no “immediate breakthrough” on her Brexit deal at Thursday’s EU summit Thursday and confirmed she would step down before the 2022 general election. “I don’t expect an immediate breakthrough but what I do hope is that we can start to work as quickly as possible on […]

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Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN

Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN

December 13, 2018 9:07 pm

Rimbo (Sweden): UN chief Antonio Guterres announced Thursday a series of breakthroughs in talks with rivals in the Yemen conflict, including a ceasefire for a vital port. In a highly symbolic gesture on the seventh and final day of the UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam […]

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UK lawmakers due to vote on Brexit bill in January

UK lawmakers due to vote on Brexit bill in January

December 13, 2018 8:39 pm

London: British lawmakers will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal in January, according to a schedule published Thursday by the leader of the lower house of parliament Andrea Leadsom. The coming week has been filled by other draft legislation, with parliament then breaking for the holidays until January 7. May has promised to […]

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Rolls-Royce to switch work to Germany over Brexit

Rolls-Royce to switch work to Germany over Brexit

December 12, 2018 8:00 pm

London: Rolls-Royce on Wednesday said it was switching to Germany from the UK its design-approval of large aircraft engines after Prime Minister Theresa May delayed parliament’s vote on the Brexit deal. “Rolls-Royce notes the decision by the UK government to delay the vote on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration,” the company said in a trading update. May has postponed a historic vote in parliament […]

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Alstom, Siemens offer Brussels merger concessions

Alstom, Siemens offer Brussels merger concessions

December 12, 2018 3:18 pm

Paris: French and German engineering giants Alstom and Siemens said Wednesday they had offered EU regulators concessions they believed would meet concerns over the planned merger of their railway businesses. The European Union, citing the possible impact on competition, launched an in-depth investigation earlier this year into the merger of the rail activities at Alstom, the state-controlled maker of France’s iconic […]

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Gunman on run after killing three at Strasbourg Christmas market

Gunman on run after killing three at Strasbourg Christmas market

December 12, 2018 10:03 am

Strasbourg (Fra): A gunman killed at least three people and wounded a dozen others at the famed Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday before fleeing the scene, authorities said. A manhunt was underway after the killer opened fire at around 8 pm (1900 GMT) on one of the city’s busiest streets, […]

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UK PM Theresa May wins confidence vote over Brexit deal

May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal

December 11, 2018 10:08 pm

Berlin: Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May embarked on a tour of European capitals on Tuesday in a desperate bid to salvage her Brexit deal, a day after delaying a parliamentary vote on the text to avoid a crushing defeat. May had breakfast with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague before heading to […]

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India's renewable energy performance hailed in new global report

India’s renewable energy performance hailed in new global report

December 10, 2018 11:28 pm

Katowice (Poland): India’s performance in the renewable energy sector has been hailed in a new global report on climate change but it cautioned against the country’s move to build new coal-fired power plants, saying that may pose a risk of offsetting positive developments it has made in the field of green energy. “With comparably good ratings in emissions […]

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Flemish nationalists quit Belgian government Minister

Flemish nationalists quit Belgian government: Minister

December 9, 2018 7:55 pm

Brussels: Belgium’s Flemish nationalist party said on Sunday it will quit the ruling coalition, leaving Prime Minister Charles Michel as the head of a minority government after a row over a UN migration pact. Interior Minister Jan Jambon of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) confirmed on Sunday that he and the party’s other ministers would step down. “It’s clear,” he told national broadcaster RTBF, […]

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