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Iraqi troops retreat after Mosul hospital battle


BAGHDAD Iraqi troops who seized a hospital deep inside Mosul believed to be used as an Islamic State military base have retreated after a fierce counter-attack, giving up some of their biggest gains in a hard-fought seven-week campaign to recapture the city.

UK housing, hiring stay resilient despite Brexit vote - surveys

LONDON British house prices hit a seven-month high in November and companies hired more workers, surveys showed on Thursday, suggesting the economy remained resilient five months after Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

UK, Money Home, Money 11:15am GMT

ECB to extend money printing, consider signal about its end

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank will extend its already generous asset buys on Thursday, aiming to boost stubbornly weak inflation, but with much of its firepower exhausted it may also debate sending a token signal about the eventual end of such purchases.

11:51am GMT

May says wants orderly Brexit but admits it will be complex - FT

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said she wants a smooth and orderly Brexit but admitted that the negotiation to leave the European Union will be complex, the Financial Times reported.

7:01am GMT

Indonesian quake toll passes 100 as rescuers struggle

PIDIE JAYA, Indonesia Indonesian medical teams struggled on Thursday to treat scores of people injured in a 6.5 magnitude earthquake a day after more than 100 people were killed in the worst disaster to hit the province since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. | Video

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Pakistan mourns 47 killed in air crash, as investigators seek answers

ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, including a famed rock star-turned-Muslim evangelist, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster.

World, Middle East 11:39am GMT

Sports Direct warns tough times ahead after Brexit knocks profit

LONDON Sports Direct ended a tough 2016 with a warning that trading was not going to get any easier next year after a slump in first-half profit, sparking another fall in its shares.

11:15am GMT

May slaps down Johnson over Saudi comments

LONDON British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was not setting out government policy when he said Saudi Arabia and Iran were stoking proxy wars across the Middle East, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.

1:12pm GMT

South Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park; vote due Friday

SEOUL South Korea's parliament introduced a bill on Thursday to impeach President Park Geun-hye, setting the stage for a historic vote to oust the embattled leader engulfed in an influence-peddling scandal.

7:31am GMT

Britain's watchdog bans ads for unhealthy foods on kids media

LONDON Britain's advertising regulator announced new rules on Thursday banning advertising of food or drinks high in sugar, fat or salt in children's non-broadcast media, bringing standards in line with what is already required for television.

7:34am GMT
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