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Labour leader Corbyn overtakes PM May in YouGov poll

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LONDON Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has overtaken Theresa May for the first time as voters' choice for who would make the best prime minister, a YouGov poll for The Times newspaper showed.

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says 9:23am BST

DUBAI Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

Ecuador foreign minister says UK wants a solution to Assange standoff 2:51am BST

QUITO Britain is interested in finding a solution to the standoff that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuador's London embassy for five years, the foreign minister of the South American country said on Thursday.

Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain - Ifax quotes Russian senator 9:21am BST

MOSCOW The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defence committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday.

VW waives appeal against German dieselgate compensation cases 8:55am BST

BERLIN German carmaker Volkswagen has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation.

Hinkley plant could cost 30 billion pounds in electricity payment top-ups - watchdog 7:29am BST

LONDON Britain's deal with EDF to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is risky and could lead to requests for more cash and electricity payment top-ups worth 30 billion pounds, a parliamentary watchdog said on Friday.

Chained to health ministry, Peruvians protest mining pollution 8:03am BST

LIMA Parents of sick children who live near one of Peru's oldest mining pits camped out in front of the health ministry in Lima for an eighth day on Thursday, demanding help to deal with the impact of decades of mining pollution.

Facebook launches UK initiative to counter online extremist material 8:58am BST

Facebook Inc is launching a UK programme to train and fund local organizations to combat extremist material online, as internet companies attempt to clamp down on hate speech and violent content on their services.

Ireland raises 3 billion euros from 'milestone' AIB sale 9:41am BST

DUBLIN Ireland raised 3 billion euros (2.7 billion pounds) by selling a quarter of Allied Irish Banks (AIB) on Friday in a remarkable turnaround for a company at the forefront of reckless lending during the "Celtic Tiger" boom.

Damascus won't let "enemies" benefit from de-escalation zones-minister 8:01am BST

BEIRUT The Syrian government will not allow its enemies to benefit from the creation of de-escalation zones in western Syria, the Syrian deputy foreign minister has said, ahead of international talks on the zones scheduled for early July in Kazakhstan.

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