- By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom's Supreme Court will deliver its ruling next Tuesday on whether Prime Minister Theresa May can begin leaving the European Union without parliament's assent, potentially giving lawmakers a chance to have a vote on Brexit. May has said she would trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the formal means of exiting the bloc, by the end of March and on Tuesday detailed her vision for a clean break with the EU by quitting its single market.
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- The first train on an inaugural China-Britain freight service arrived in London on Wednesday after a 7,500-mile journey, marking a fresh milestone in China's push to build commercial links across Europe and Asia. The train pulled in to Barking in East London after an 18-day journey from Yiwu, a wholesale market town in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. It had passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, finally crossing under the English Channel into B
- The Guardian
May's Brexit plan could 'rip Britain apart', warns Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, says nothing less than privileged access to the single market will do. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA. Heather Stewart. Wednesday 18 January 2017 09.08 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email; View more ...
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- Network Rail are warning people not to do the same.
- Daily Mail
3 quakes shake Italy, isolating towns blanketed under snow
ROME (AP) — Three strong earthquakes shook central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, striking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and further isolating towns that have been buried under more than a meter (3 feet ...
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PMQs recap: Theresa May clashes with Jeremy Corbyn over her Brexit speech
Labour's leader branded the Prime Minister the "Irony Lady" for ducking MPs and she was compared to TV comedy Little Britain. Watch the full exchange. Share. ByDan Bloom. Updated 13:02, 18 JAN 2017. News. Share. Video thumbnail, Theresa May faces ...
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Merkel to face German voters on September 24
Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election, as she seeks a fourth term facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx. The decision, adopted by Merkel's right-left ...
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- BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiations about Britain's future relationship with the remaining 27 European Union members can only start once the British government has invoked Article 50 to start the divorce talks, a German government spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Asked about British Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that Britain would leave the EU's single market, government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer declined to comment. ...
- By William Schomberg and Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - British workers saw their pay grow at the fastest pace in more than a year in the three months to November, official data showed on Wednesday, adding to signs that the country's economy ended 2016 strongly despite the shock of the Brexit vote. The jobless rate remained at an 11-year low of 4.8 percent and the employment rate stayed at all-time record high, the Office for National Statistics said. Policymakers have said they will not be r
- The Guardian
Pearson profit warnings wipe almost £2bn off its value
Pearson plans to sell its Penguin Random House stake as shares plunged after a profit warning. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA. Mark Sweney · @marksweney · email. Wednesday 18 January 2017 07.27 EST First published on Wednesday 18 January 2017 ...
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The Gambia's Yahya Jammeh's term extended by parliament
The Gambia's parliament has extended President Yahya Jammeh's term, which is due to end on Thursday following his defeat in elections, by 90 days. It also approved his decision to declare a 90-day state of emergency in the tiny West African state.
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- A 26-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender after a 16-year-old girl was found dead on a path. Leonne Weeks' body was discovered near Lordens Hill in the Dinnington area of Rotherham on Monday morning. This is the second arrest in the case, after an 18-year-old from Dinnington was detained on Monday night on suspicion of murder.
- Global consulting firm McKinsey & Co signed a long-term lease for a new office in London, signalling its commitment to Britain at a time when the country's coming withdrawal from the EU means some groups are relocating staff away from the UK. McKinsey announced a deal on Wednesday to take 100,000 sq ft (9,300 sq metres), plus an option for a further 130,000 sq ft, in the Post Building in London's West End from 2018. The firm will be moving from its Jermyn Street offices in central London whe
- Boris Johnson has warned the French president not to hit the UK with a "punishment beating" for Brexit. The Foreign Secretary said it was not in Francois Hollande's interests to "administer punishment beatings" in the "manner of some World War Two movie" after the president indicated France would not accept better conditions for the UK outside the single market. It came after the Prime Minister told EU leaders in her key Brexit speech that offering a bad deal to punish the UK for its decision to
- Brexit Secretary David Davis has revealed he won £1,000 betting that the UK would leave the European Union.
- STRASBOURG (Reuters) - EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday he would seek a balanced deal for Britain and the European Union during London's exit negotiations. "I will do everything so that this negotiation ends with a balanced solution while fully respecting our rules," Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek and Robin Emmott)
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MPs block Brexit don't like final deal David Davis
David Davis has dismissed fears that Britain is not ready for a Brexit showdown with the EU today - pointing out that the country had managed to win the Second World War. The Brexit Secretary ramped up tensions by condemning 'voices' in the bloc ...
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Britain may not be free from all EU rules until 2021, says Brexit Secretary David DavisHerald Scotl
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Metro evacuated in Rome after quakes hit central Italy
Tremors have been felt across Rome this morning after the region was hit by three earthquakes in under an hour. The quakes struck about 65 miles north east of the Italian capital - and just four miles from the town of Amatrice, which was flattened by a ...
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- The Oscar-winning actor said there is still a way to go, but progress is being made in the right direction.
- British police investigating allegations of widespread child sex abuse at soccer clubs dating back to the 1970s said on Wednesday they had now identified 184 potential suspects and 526 victims, adding other sports had also been implicated in the scandal. Police forces across the country launched inquiries after former player Andy Woodward revealed in November he had been abused as a boy by a youth team coach, prompting other ex-professionals to come forward with allegations. Victims say the scal
Russia extends residence permit for disgraced contractor Edward Snowden
RUSSIAN authorities have extended a residence permit for US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a post on ...
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Chelsea Manning: Obama reduces sentence of Wikileaks source
US President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
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Dan Evans beats Marin Cilic in Australian Open for biggest grand slam win
Dan Evans beat the world No7 Marin Cilic to proceed to the third round of the Australian Open. Photograph: Mike Frey/BPI/REX/Shutterstock. Australian Open. Dan Evans beats Marin Cilic in Australian Open for biggest grand slam win. • Evans beat world ...
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EE mobile firm fined £2.7m for overcharging customers
Mobile operator EE has been fined £2.7m by the telecoms regulator, Ofcom, for overcharging tens of thousands of customers. The watchdog found that the UK's biggest mobile network broke a billing rule on two occasions. Users who called its 150 customer ...
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Missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague's mum reveals he and his pregnant girlfriend were members of swinging website - The SunThe Sun
Missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague's mum reveals he and his pregnant girlfriend were members of swinging website
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- Rising inflation weighed on the financial outlook of British households in January, a survey showed on Wednesday, an early sign that price pressures caused by sterling's fall after the Brexit vote may be starting to worry consumers. The monthly Markit Household Finance Index fell to 43.9 from 45.2 in December, with price pressures playing a "key role" in dampening morale among households. Britain had one of the world's fastest-growing advanced economies last year but the Bank of England has fore
- The gap between rising inflation and wage increases is being maintained, in what amounts to positive news for consumers in the latest employment figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that wage levels, excluding bonuses, rose by an annual rate of 2.7% in the three months to November - the strongest increase since August 2015. The announcement is useful for economists, who had expected a slightly weaker increase, as it suggests that rising prices are not yet eroding consumer s
- Belfast Telegraph
Partial Supreme Court victory for disabled over wheelchair spaces on buses
0 Comments; Share. Partial Supreme Court victory for disabled over wheelchair spaces on buses. BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Disabled travellers have won a partial victory at the Supreme Court in their battle for priority use of wheelchair spaces on buses.and more »
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Pearson plans Penguin Random House sale as shares dive after profit warning
Pearson plans to sell its Penguin Random House stake as shares plunged after a profit warning. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA. Mark Sweney · @marksweney · email. Wednesday 18 January 2017 04.30 EST Last modified on Wednesday 18 January 2017 ...
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Gambia Shudders as Defeated Leader Tightens Grip Before Inauguration
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- The number of people in work in Britain fell for a second time in a row in the three months to November, official data showed on Wednesday, a latest suggestion that the Brexit vote may be making employers nervous about hiring. Reflecting the largely resilient picture in Britain's labour market since the shock decision to leave the European Union last year, the unemployment rate held at an 11-year low of 4.8 percent, in line with the median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists. The unemployme
EE fined £2.7million for overcharging THOUSANDS - Can YOU claim your money back?
MOBILE CARRIER EE has been fined £2.7million for overcharging tens of thousands of its customers. But can EE customers claim back any money from the mobile phone firm? By Aaron Brown Aaron Brown. PUBLISHED: 09:27, Wed, Jan 18, 2017 ...
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- A man is being treated in hospital after he was shot in both legs in west Belfast, police have said.
- Britain's Brexit minister David Davis said the government had received positive responses from Brussels after Prime Minister Theresa May set out her priorities for upcoming negotiations on leaving the European Union. "Some of the other responses we got back from Brussels overnight reflected that, that this was a positive response, something that they were, I think they were hoping for, frankly," Davis told BBC radio on Wednesday. May said in a speech on Tuesday that Britain would seek the greate
- Shares in Premier Foods have dropped 16% after it warned on profits - reporting weak quarterly sales and price pressures from the slump in sterling's value. The maker of Mr Kipling cakes and Bisto gravy said it was cutting its full-year trading profit forecast by 10% after third quarter sales came in weaker than expected despite a strong December.
- The telecoms regulator has fined EE £2.7m for billing errors affecting 40,000 customers. OFCOM said the mobile network broke a "fundamental billing rule" twice, meaning they were overcharged by around £250,000 in total. Its investigation, launched last month, found the firm was guilty of either "carelessness or negligence" because it had decided not to reimburse the majority of affected customers until OFCOM intervened.
- David Davis has said he would make "no apology" for the Prime Minister's threat to EU leaders that a bad Brexit deal would be "an act of calamitous self-harm". The Brexit Secretary told Sky News Theresa May was right to set out "ambitious" plans for a deal with the EU and that it would be in their "best interests" to do a deal that worked for both. In her key Brexit speech on Tuesday, Mrs May warned the EU that "no deal was better than a bad deal" and made clear she would be happy to work away.
- Sunday World
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- The star of the show, Donald, is obviously none other than Kim.
- Thousands of UK holidaymakers are set to be flown home from The Gambia due to growing political unrest. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is warning against "all non-essential travel" to the west African nation due to potential military intervention following presidential elections on 1 December. With fears the main international airport could be shut at short notice, holiday company Thomas Cook will lay on additional flights from the capital Banjul today to bring 985 package trip customers ho
- The widow of explorer Henry Worsley plans to take his ashes back to the edge of Antarctica so he can be buried beside his hero Ernest Shackleton. Next week will mark a year since the 55-year-old died while trying to become the first person to travel across Antarctica unaided. In her first television interview since her husband's death, Joanna Worsley told Sky News that the idea of taking his ashes to South Georgia, the gateway to Antarctica, made her and her children smile.
- The Prime Minister will face tough questions from MPs after confirming Britain will quit the single market. Theresa May has set out plans for a "bold and ambitious" free trade agreement that would allow the UK to do business with its 27 former partners without paying "huge sums" into EU coffers. Unveiling a 12-point plan for Brexit talks on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said the UK would quit the single market and the European Court of Justice and promised MPs a binding vote on the final deal.
- Daily Mail
Trump sexual assault accuser announces she's suing him
... Allred said she would seek to depose Trump under oath and could also seek to subpoena recordings of Apprentice tapings; Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement: 'More of the same from Gloria Allred. There is no truth to this absurd story'.
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- (Reuters) - British companies spent 2.1 percent more on advertising last year, according to an industry forecast, after a strong fourth quarter, although spending on advertising is set to fall 0.7 percent in 2017 as Brexit uncertainties weigh. The IPA Bellwether report, which is researched and published by IHS Markit on behalf of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, said it had revised up its 2016 forecast from a previous estimate for a rise of 1.9 percent. It maintained its 2017 forec
- The Foreign Office has defended its advice to tourists in Tunisia after being criticised for not warning British travellers of the terror risk before a gunman opened fire on a beach in Sousse. Seifeddine Rezgui murdered 38 people in June 2015, 10 of them killed on the beach before he headed into the upmarket Riu Imperial Marhaba in search of more victims. Thirty of those killed were British and their inquests are being held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
- Nearly 1,000 UK holidaymakers are set to be flown home from The Gambia due to growing political unrest. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is now warning against "all but essential travel" to the west African nation due to potential military intervention following the Presidential elections on 1 December. The reaction comes after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won last month's election.
- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Theresa May's comments on Brexit make a second Scottish independence referendum "more likely". The Scottish Government had submitted compromise proposals to Downing Street that suggested methods for keeping Scotland in the EU single market, whatever happened with the UK.
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