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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.

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure 12:19am BST

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS North Korea unsuccessfully test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday from a region north of its capital, Pyongyang, South Korea's military said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state's main ally, China.

EU leaders unite on Brexit demands, for now 12:11am BST

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.

No free lunch in Brexit negotiations - Germany's Schaeuble 12:03am BST

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.

Japanese PM Abe asks May for 'smooth Brexit' for business 28 Apr 2017

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.

Conservatives resurge as Scots shun new referendum on independence - poll 28 Apr 2017

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.

British economy slows sharply as inflation hits home 28 Apr 2017

LONDON Britain's economy slowed sharply in the first three months of 2017 as households and high streets felt the pinch from higher inflation, which has risen sharply since last year's Brexit vote. | Video

Holocaust comments drag on Le Pen's French presidential bid 28 Apr 2017

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

Islamic State claims car bombing in Baghdad, four policemen killed 28 Apr 2017

BAGHDAD Four Iraqi traffic policemen were killed on Friday when a suicide car bomb detonated outside their station, close to a street where several foreign media have offices in Baghdad, a security spokesman said.

France, Germany want new Turkey ties but dodge EU membership 28 Apr 2017

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.

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