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Few compromises at Brexit talks, minister says UK can survive without deal


BRUSSELS/LONDON The European Union and Britain offered few compromises at their first full round of Brexit talks which ended on Thursday, and the pound fell on worries that British ministers were prepared to walk away without a deal. | Video

Brexit on WTO terms would not be the end of the world - Fox

GENEVA Britain leaving the European Union without a new trade deal would not be the end of the world, although failing to keep existing open relationships could have global repercussions, Britain's trade minister said in an interview on Thursday.

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Vince Cable becomes leader of Liberal Democrat Party

LONDON Veteran lawmaker Vince Cable was elected unopposed to lead Britain's pro-European Liberal Democrat Party on Thursday, promising to restore the party's influence and use it to argue for a softer exit from the European Union.

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Euro soars after Draghi comments, world shares up again

NEW YORK The euro strengthened to its highest level in nearly two years against the U.S. dollar on Thursday after Europe's central bank chief said officials would discuss possible changes to its bond-buying scheme this autumn, while a gauge of stocks globally gained for a 10th straight session.

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Violent crimes up by 18 percent in England and Wales, biggest increase in a decade

LONDON Violent crimes such as murder and knife attacks surged by 18 percent in England and Wales in the past year, the sharpest rise for a decade, according to official figures released on Thursday.

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Germany steps up economic pressure on Turkey in rights row

BERLIN Germany told its citizens on Thursday to exercise caution if travelling to Turkey and threatened measures that could hinder German investment there, in a sign of growing impatience with a NATO ally after the detention of rights activists. | Video

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EU may not stop democratic slide in Poland but Warsaw risks consequences

BRUSSELS The European Union executive holds only limited leverage to stop ruling nationalists eroding the rule of law in Poland but they risk facing consequences including sharp cuts in EU funds that help develop the ex-communist state.

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Buildup in rival Syrian rebel factions threatens spread of fighting

AMMAN Jihadist insurgents in northwestern Syria took ground from rival Turkey-backed Islamist fighters as they battled for a second successive day on Thursday, rebel sources said.

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ECB's Draghi delays day of reckoning after market backlash

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank left its ultra easy monetary policy unchanged on Thursday and did not even discuss clawing back stimulus, suggesting it may delay an inevitable decision on tapering bond buys until the latest possible moment. | Video

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Linkin Park singer Bennington dead in apparent suicide - coroner

LOS ANGELES Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday of apparent suicide a week before the California alt-rock band was due to embark on a U.S. tour.

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