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Germany's top court rejects fresh challenge to ECB powers

Germany's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected a new request to stop the Bundesbank from taking part in the European Central Bank's 2.3 trillion euro (£2.04 trillion) asset purchase programme, leaving the case with the European Court of Justice.

Spanish PM asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly'

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, as a government deadline approached for the northeastern region to renounce a bid for independence.

May to pitch on Brexit at EU summit dinner

Theresa May will make a pitch to fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she tries to break a deadlock in Brexit talks that has left Britain's future trading position up in the air.

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S

The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilise the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria.