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Biggest drop in UK consumer morale since 1990 puts BoE on track to act


LONDON British consumer morale suffered its sharpest drop in more than 26 years after last month's decision by voters to leave the European Union, according to figures that are likely to embolden Bank of England policymakers to take action next week.

Britain casts doubt on EDF's $24 billion nuclear project 3:29pm BST

LONDON Britain has cast doubt on a $24 billion (18 billion pounds) project with French utility EDF to build the UK's first new nuclear plant in decades, delaying a final decision on the plan just weeks after the Brexit vote ushered in a new prime minister.

Clinton gets down to campaign business with U.S. Rust Belt trip 9:25pm BST

PHILADELPHIA Democrat Hillary Clinton took her newly energized campaign to become America's first woman president on the road on Friday to states in the "Rust Belt" that might decide the fate of the Nov. 8 election. | Video

U.S. worries Russian humanitarian operation in Syria may be 'ruse' 9:05pm BST

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, adding that if it proves a "ruse" it could ruin cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

Monte dei Paschi approves privately-backed rescue plan 10:19pm BST

MILAN/SIENA Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena unveiled a plan on Friday to prevent its centuries-old business from being wound up by regulators, a privately funded overhaul that Rome hopes will help stabilise the country's entire banking sector. | Video

Pope visits Auschwitz, says same horrors happening today 8:34pm BST

OSWIECIM, Poland Pope Francis made an emotional and silent visit to the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz on Friday and later said many of the horrors committed are happening in places at war today.

Exclusive - Liberty Global, Vodafone to win EU approval for Dutch tie-up: sources 9:19pm BST

BRUSSELS U.S. cable group Liberty Global and UK telecoms firm Vodafone are set to win EU antitrust approval for their plan to merge their Dutch operations after offering minor concessions, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Turkey shakes up armed forces, U.S. says purges harming cooperation 7:26pm BST

ANKARA/ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejected Western criticism of purges under way in Turkey's military and other state institutions after a failed coup, suggesting some in the United States were on the side of the plotters.

SABMiller backs AB InBev offer for biggest-ever consumer takeover 6:41pm BST

LONDON/BRUSSELS The board of brewer SABMiller will recommend its shareholders approve a sweetened takeover offer by Anheuser-Busch InBev , the company said on Friday, capping a week of high drama about the fate of the consumer industry's biggest-ever merger.

France detains Syrian refugee as church attack investigation widens 4:52pm BST

PARIS French police have detained a Syrian asylum seeker in connection with the Normandy church attack, two sources said on Friday, as security services widened their investigation into the killing of an elderly priest at the altar by two would-be jihadists.