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Brexit battle lines drawn as UK readies divorce papers


BRUSSELS Brexit's phoney war is about to become real. It may get bloody.

Syrian government forces enter Palmyra, drive back Islamic State - monitors 8:14pm GMT

BEIRUT Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way into Palmyra on Wednesday, driving back Islamic State militants who have held the historic city since December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.

May's Brexit plan suffers setback in parliament 7:35pm GMT

LONDON Britain's upper house of parliament defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Wednesday, voting in favour of a change to her Brexit plan that says she can only trigger exit talks if she promises to protect the rights of EU citizens.

UK unions say Ford to axe 1,100 jobs at Welsh engine plant 5:21pm GMT

LONDON Ford plans to axe 1,100 jobs at its engine plant in Wales, trade unions said on Wednesday, although the U.S. carmaker said there were no immediate plans for cuts nor had it confirmed any future losses.

Global stocks, dollar up on U.S. rate hike bets, Trump relief 8:02pm GMT

NEW YORK U.S. Treasury yields rose along with the dollar and Wall Street rallied, lifting the Dow above 21,000, as investors bet on an interest rate hike and gave a sigh of relief after U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress.

PepsiCo to close British plant, threatening nearly 400 jobs 2:10pm GMT

LONDON Food and drink firm PepsiCo plans to shut a Walkers crisp factory in northern England, the company said on Wednesday, putting almost 400 jobs at risk.

Trump softens immigration stance, takes measured tone in speech 5:29pm GMT

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump told Congress on Tuesday he was open to immigration reform, shifting from his harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration in a speech that offered a more restrained tone than his election campaign and first month in the White House. | Video

France's Fillon denounces probe, fights on for presidency 5:00pm GMT

PARIS Conservative Francois Fillon promised on Wednesday to fight "to the end" in France's presidential election despite a deepening financial scandal, but his campaign suffered new blows as a top aide resigned and a party backing him suspended its support.

German parliament suffers internet outage but no signs of attack 6:33pm GMT

BERLIN The German parliament, which was attacked by hackers in 2015, suffered an internet outage for several hours on Wednesday but there were no indications it was triggered by a cyber attack, a spokesman for the Bundestag said.

Mass killer Breivik loses human rights case against Norway 5:09pm GMT

OSLO Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik lost a human rights case on Wednesday when an appeals court overturned a lower court verdict that his near-isolation in a three-room cell was inhuman.

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