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Cameron says bids for Tata UK 'encouraging'


NAGOYA, Japan/LONDON Tata Steel's has received an encouraging number of serious offers for its British assets Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday but also said there were no guarantees of a successful conclusion.

Euro zone hails 'breakthrough' with Greece, IMF debt deal 12:50pm BST

By Jan Strupczewski, Francesco Guarascio and Alastair Macdonald

Afghan Taliban appoint a new leader, Kabul urges peace 1:03pm BST

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. | Video

French, Italian firms to help search for EgyptAir black boxes 1:32pm BST

CAIRO Egypt is taking on two companies, one French and one Italian, to help search for the black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, the airline's chairman said on Wednesday.

'In' camp keeps almost all its lead ahead of EU vote - Survation poll 1:42pm BST

LONDON The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union has kept almost all of its lead over the "Leave" camp ahead of next month's referendum on EU membership, according to a Survation poll for online brokerage group IG published on Wednesday.

Clearout of Greek refugee camp should reopen economic artery 1:50pm BST

IDOMENI, Greece Greece has sent in police and bulldozers to clear out Europe's biggest refugee camp because of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions there, but the operation should also unblock a vital artery for the ailing economy.

French police break fuel depot blockade, nuclear plant strike looms 12:25pm BST

PARIS Police broke up a fuel depot blockade in France on Wednesday and the hardline CGT union called a strike at a nuclear plant in an escalation of a standoff over proposed new labour laws.

WTO sees Brexit costing UK billions in trade tariffs - FT 11:31am BST

GENEVA Leaving the European Union would cost British consumers 9 billion pounds in annual additional import tariffs, World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo said in an interview published by the Financial Times on Wednesday.

Moscow frees Ukraine pilot in swap for Russians held in conflict 1:47pm BST

MOSCOW/KIEV Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko arrived home in Kiev on Wednesday after nearly two years in a Russian jail, part of a prisoner swap in which two Russians held in Ukraine were returned to Moscow.

Obama to Asians worried about U.S. election - It's going to be OK 12:42pm BST

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party's nominee. | Video