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May ready for tough talks, but will fight over EU market


BRUSSELS Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union would take time and that she was ready for some "difficult moments", but would fight to remain part of the bloc's single market.

London City airport declared safe after 'chemical incident' 21 Oct 2016

LONDON London City airport was declared safe on Friday after hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated and two were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties in an incident that police suspect was caused by CS gas.

U.S. to seek ex-HSBC executive's extradition from Britain 12:29am BST

NEW YORK The United States will seek the extradition from Britain of a former HSBC Holdings Plc executive accused of participating in a fraudulent scheme involving a $3.5 billion (3.21 billion pounds) currency transaction, prosecutors said on Friday.


Lions' den or nest of doves? May's first EU encounter was businesslike 1:20am BST

BRUSSELS A lions' den or a nest of doves? For Theresa May, her first meeting with all the other European Union leaders since she became British prime minister ended up being described by most merely as businesslike.


UK public finances worsen, adding to Hammond's headache 21 Oct 2016

LONDON Britain's public finances showed a much bigger than expected deficit in September, a setback for Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares to deliver the country's first budget plans since the Brexit vote.

Police arrest teenager on terrorism offences over item found on London train 21 Oct 2016

LONDON British police said on Friday they had arrested a teenager under terrorism laws following the discovery of a "suspicious item" on a London underground train near the Canary Wharf financial district a day earlier.


May's Conservatives see majority cut in Cameron's constituency 21 Oct 2016

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party held the parliamentary constituency vacated by David Cameron but saw its majority cut significantly as thousands of voters flocked to a pro-European Union opposition party.


UK says there are no plans to alter Calais border agreement 21 Oct 2016

LONDON The Le Touquet agreement which allows British officials to check passports in France and vice versa is working and there are no plans to change it, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Friday.


Thirty years on from Big Bang, London frets over future 21 Oct 2016

LONDON (IFR) - Bang! It was the explosion in financial markets heard across the world 30 years ago which transformed the City of London from a cosy network of long-established firms into a cut-throat landscape dominated by foreign banks.


Whowonit? 'Seismic' Man Booker prize due next week 21 Oct 2016

LONDON After whittling down a pile of 155 novels, the judges of the Man Booker Prize are set to unveil this year's winner of a 50,000 sterling award that can have a "seismic" impact on a writer's career. | Video