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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure


SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, South Korea's and U.S. militaries said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state's main ally, China.

U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

UNITED NATIONS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force.

1:58am BST

Japanese PM Abe asks May for 'smooth Brexit' for business

LONDON Japanese leader Shinzo Abe asked Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday to ensure a smooth Brexit to allow Japanese companies to continue to operate as the United Kingdom exits the European Union.

UK, Japan 12:29am BST

EU leaders unite on Brexit demands, for now

BRUSSELS European Union leaders will endorse a stiff set of divorce terms for Britain at a summit on Saturday, rejoicing in a rare show of unity in adversity, but well aware that may start to fray once negotiations begin.

12:11am BST

More small housebuilders needed to fix UK's 'broken' market - report

LONDON Britain will not fix its "broken" housing market unless it ends the dominance of the biggest housebuilders by supporting smaller providers to ramp up the rate of construction, a parliamentary committee warned on Saturday.

UK 12:27am BST

No free lunch in Brexit negotiations - Germany's Schaeuble

BERLIN Britain must understand that it won't have advantages over its 27 peers in the European Union once negotiations over its exit from the bloc are concluded, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in remarks published on Saturday.

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Conservatives resurge as Scots shun new referendum on independence - poll

EDINBURGH Nearly half of Scottish voters do not want another referendum on independence and the issue appears to be driving up support for the Conservatives ahead of a June election, according to a YouGov poll published in The Times newspaper on Friday.

28 Apr 2017

Holocaust comments drag on Le Pen's French presidential bid

PARIS/CHATELLERAULT, France Marine Le Pen's bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when her designated stand-in as National Front party leader stood down to defend himself against charges he shares the views of Holocaust deniers. | Video

28 Apr 2017

Brazil protesters, police clash in first general strike in decades

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA Brazilian protesters torched buses, clashed with police in several cities and marched on President Michel Temer's Sao Paulo residence on Friday amid the nation's first general strike in more than two decades. | Video

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France, Germany want new Turkey ties but dodge EU membership

VALLETTA France and Germany sought a new deal with Turkey on Friday to repair relations with President Tayyip Erdogan but would not say whether the Turkish leader's new powers and his crackdown on opponents had ended the country's EU ambitions.

World, Middle East 28 Apr 2017
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