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Supreme Court says it will give Brexit trigger case ruling on Tuesday


LONDON The United Kingdom's Supreme Court will deliver its ruling next Tuesday on whether Prime Minister Theresa May can begin leaving the European Union without parliament's assent, potentially giving lawmakers a chance to have a vote on Brexit.

Rising inflation hurts outlook for UK households - survey 10:12am GMT

LONDON Rising inflation weighed on the financial outlook of British households in January, a survey showed on Wednesday, an early sign that price pressures caused by sterling's fall after the Brexit vote may be starting to worry consumers.

European shares retreat as Pearson plummets 10:17am GMT

LONDON European shares edged lower on Wednesday as a slump in education publisher Pearson's shares weighed on media stocks , though ASML and Novozymes gained after robust updates.

Number of UK workers edges down again, but pay growth picks up pace 12:35pm GMT

LONDON British workers saw their pay grow at the fastest pace in more than a year in the three months to November, official data showed on Wednesday, adding to signs that the country's economy ended 2016 strongly despite the shock of the Brexit vote.

Germany set for federal election on Sept 24, Merkel seeks fourth term 4:10pm GMT

BERLIN Germany looks set to hold its federal election on Sunday 24 September, with Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking a fourth term in office and the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party expected to enter the national parliament for the first time. | Video

Iraq special forces chief says mission accomplished in east Mosul 2:57pm GMT

BARTELLA, Iraq Elite Iraqi forces have ousted Islamic State insurgents from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city's eastern half back under government control. | Video

EU's Tusk hails 'Churchill' May, slams Trump for backing Brexit 3:16pm GMT

STRASBOURG The EU leader who will oversee Britain's Brexit negotiations with the bloc hailed Theresa May on Wednesday for echoing Winston Churchill in backing European integration.

UK financier makes new offer to take over Tata Steel pension scheme 3:22pm GMT

LONDON British financier Edi Truell has renewed an offer to take over Tata Steel's giant UK pension scheme in a deal that he says would allow members to keep benefits in full.

Istanbul nightclub attacker says was directed by Islamic State - report 3:37pm GMT

ISTANBUL An Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in Istanbul's Reina nightclub on New Year's Day told police he had changed his target at the last minute to avoid heavy security and acted on direct orders from Islamic State in Syria, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks 2:24pm GMT

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history. | Video