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December 18, 2016 2:29 PM Post-Brexit UK could stay partial member of EU Customs Union, indicates Liam Fox

International Trade Secretary says UK’s relationship with the Customs Union is not necessarily binary. The UK could remain a partial member of the EU Customs Union after Brexit, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has signalled. Dr Fox insisted Brexit was not like a “boiled egg” and there were more options than going for either a hard or soft withdrawal 52

December 17, 2016 12:54 PM Turkish bus attack: 13 off-duty soldiers killed by car bomb

A suicide car bomb in central Turkey has killed 13 soldiers aboard a bus and wounded 56 more, officials say. The blast destroyed the bus carrying soldiers visiting a local market in the city of Kayseri. An army spokesman said civilians may also have been injured. No group has admitted carrying out the attack, but Turkish officials say it bears the hallmarks 45

December 17, 2016 10:55 AM Supporters of impeached SKorean leader clash with protesters

Supporters of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye clashed with anti-Park protesters Saturday, as large crowds of demonstrators again gathered in Seoul to demand the scandal-ridden leader's immediate ouster. The historically large weekend protests over an explosive corruption scandal pushed South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament to vote this month 44

December 16, 2016 10:14 AM Ukraine commends EU step to secure association deal

KIEV Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday praised a European Union decision which paves the way for final agreement on a cooperation accord between Ukraine and the bloc. The accord still needs to overcome reservations on the part of the Netherlands. But Kiev believes that the so-called association agreement will help the former Soviet republic 49

December 16, 2016 9:44 AM Lawyers for South Korea's Park say impeachment vote is groundless

SEOUL Lawyers for embattled South Korean President Park Geun-hye struck a defiant note on Friday, saying a parliamentary vote to impeach her had no legal basis and should be overturned by the Constitutional Court. Park was indicted in a Dec. 9 vote by a wider-than-expected margin of 234 to 56, setting the stage for her to become the country's first democratically 45

December 16, 2016 2:03 AM Will Trump move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem?

'It’s hard to come up with a single act that would make the Middle East burn more than it is burning right now,' a former peace negotiator says. Donald Trump wasn’t the first winning candidate to call for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but unlike previous presidents, he just might keep his promise. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made similar 69

December 15, 2016 2:18 PM Mozambique bails out major bank to save banking system

MAPUTO Dec 15 Mozambique's central bank has bailed out the country's fourth largest commercial lender in a move it said was needed to prevent the failure of its banking system. The African country has been grappling with a liquidity crunch, exacerbated by the International Monetary Fund and foreign donors cutting off support over loans that were not approved 37

December 15, 2016 11:54 AM Britain's May sets gracious tone before Brexit briefing

BRUSSELS Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday it was right for EU leaders to discuss Brexit without her over dinner, setting a conciliatory tone before she updates them on Britain's preparations for leaving the bloc. At the start of a summit when EU leaders will for the first time have dinner without the British prime minister, May sought to reinforce 34

December 15, 2016 9:12 AM France's Valls would give more power to parliament if elected president

PARIS Would-be Socialist French president Manuel Valls on Thursday proposed to hand more power to parliament by limiting a government's rights to force through legislation without a parliamentary vote. Valls himself used the so called Article 49.3 of the constitution to force through a controversial labor reform this year while he was prime minister 30

December 15, 2016 6:13 AM Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK's ambassador

A post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal might take 10 years to finalise and still fail, Britain's ambassador to the EU has privately told the government. The BBC understands Sir Ivan Rogers warned ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not be done until the early to mid-2020s. He also cautioned that an agreement could be rejected ultimately 46