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Britain's new concessions are not enough, EU leaders tell May

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BRUSSELS European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough.

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UK third-quarter retail sales growth weakest in four years as inflation bites 11:07am BST

LONDON British retail sales slowed unexpectedly sharply in September, dragging quarterly growth to its weakest annual rate since 2013 and suggesting consumer demand remains uncertain as the Bank of England nears its first rate rise in a decade.

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Britain will legislate Northern Irish budget unless power-sharing deal reached - minister 3:21pm BST

LONDON A written agreement to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland must be forthcoming by Oct. 30 or else Britain's parliament will have to legislate a budget for the province, the minister for the region said on Thursday.

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Corbyn says Brexit must not be used to turn UK into a tax haven 3:14pm BST

BRUSSELS Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British opposition Labour Party, said on Thursday he would fight any attempt by Prime Minister Theresa May's government to use Britain's exit from the European Union as a way to turn the country into a tax haven. | Video

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UK Brexit bill not scheduled for debate in parliament next week 12:19pm BST

LONDON Britain's parliament will not discuss the key European Union withdrawal bill next week, the leader of the lower House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said on Thursday, amid concerns the government is struggling to manage divisions over its contents.

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London will remain leading financial centre - May's spokesman 4:34pm BST

LONDON London will remain the world's leading financial centre, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday when asked about comments by Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein.

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Ryanair, Google and eDreams reach settlement over advertisements 12:30pm BST

DUBLIN Ryanair reached a settlement with Google and online travel agent eDreams to end legal proceedings in the Irish High Court over what it said were misleading advertisements for Ryanair flights, the airline said on Thursday.

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FA under fire from MPs after apologies to women players 18 Oct 2017

LONDON The Football Association made a public apology to England women's soccer internationals Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence on Wednesday for comments that were "discriminatory on grounds of race" made to them by former manager Mark Sampson.

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Britain to launch monthly GDP estimates next July 10:42am BST

LONDON Britain's Office for National Statistics said on Thursday it will introduce a monthly measure of gross domestic product (GDP) in July next year.

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MPs vent anger at May's fragile government over welfare reform 7:23am BST

LONDON Lawmakers from Britain's ruling Conservative Party vented their anger on Wednesday against Prime Minister Theresa May's pursuit of welfare reforms, reinforcing doubts about her authority over a party divided by Brexit.