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Britain's new concessions are not enough, EU leaders tell May


BRUSSELS European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough.

Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy as it threatens with formal independence

MADRID Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. | Video

World, Spain 4:16pm BST

UK Brexit bill not scheduled for debate in parliament next week

LONDON Britain's parliament will not discuss the key European Union withdrawal bill next week, the leader of the lower House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said on Thursday, amid concerns the government is struggling to manage divisions over its contents.

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BP ‍Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to retire next year

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has informed the oil company's board of his intention to retire, it said on Thursday.

3:55pm BST

Air Berlin and EasyJet said to announce deal on Friday - reports

BERLIN The insolvent German carrier Air Berlin and EasyJet are expected to announce a deal on Friday for the purchase of up to 25 A320 aircraft, German media reported on Thursday.

UK third-quarter retail sales growth weakest in four years as inflation bites

LONDON British retail sales slowed unexpectedly sharply in September, dragging quarterly growth to its weakest annual rate since 2013 and suggesting consumer demand remains uncertain as the Bank of England nears its first rate rise in a decade.

UK, 11:07am BST

Britain will legislate Northern Irish budget unless power-sharing deal reached - minister

LONDON A written agreement to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland must be forthcoming by Oct. 30 or else Britain's parliament will have to legislate a budget for the province, the minister for the region said on Thursday.

UK 3:21pm BST

Juncker puts on charm over scallops for eurosceptic eastern EU states

BRUSSELS Leaders of four eurosceptic governments in the east of the European Union sat down for a nearly three-hour dinner with the head of the bloc's executive in an effort to narrow their differences on issues from migration to labour rules.

4:31pm BST

EU leaders to recommit to Iran nuclear deal whatever Trump decides

BRUSSELS European Union leaders will on Thursday reaffirm their full commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, regardless of whether an increasingly critical United States pulls out.

World, Middle East 2:56pm BST

Obama hits campaign trail for first time since leaving White House

Former President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, venturing out to support Democrats in two governor's races that could offer a clue about the national mood before next year's midterm elections.

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