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UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn double down


LONDON Britain's last-minute scramble to shape its exit from the EU, its biggest policy upheaval in half a century, hit the rocks on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels for competing visions.

Sturgeon will give clarity on Scottish independence push in coming weeks

EDINBURGH Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Thursday she expects to provide more clarity on the timing of a possible new Scottish independence referendum in the coming weeks, regardless of whether the time period in which Britain leaves the European Union is extended.

1:25pm GMT

In 5G play, Vodafone and IBM link up cloud systems for business

FRANKFURT Vodafone is teaming up with IBM to offer businesses a way to link different cloud computing systems to support the next wave of digital advances, such as machine learning, on super-fast fifth-generation telecoms networks.

2:19pm GMT

Ex-Trump lawyer - rigging polls 'was at the direction of' Trump

WASHINGTON Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he paid a firm to manipulate online polling data "at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" Trump.

2:40pm GMT

Macron's ex-bodyguard in custody over use of diplomatic passports

PARIS Alexandre Benalla, the former bodyguard and security adviser of French President Emmanuel Macron, has been placed in custody in relation to a probe into his use of diplomatic passports, said the Paris prosecutor's office.

1:49pm GMT

Russia's RT seeks legal challenge over UK watchdog's ruling

LONDON Russia's RT plans to launch a legal challenge over a ruling by Britain's media regulator that it failed to cover the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in an impartial way.

1:31pm GMT

British stocks shrug off politics as results from Sage, ABF drive big moves

LONDON Investors in British stocks turned their focus from political to company developments on Thursday as results from software firm Sage, Primark owner ABF, and bookmaker GVC triggered big moves and weak house sales data dented shares in housebuilders.

10:05am GMT

Hitachi freezes UK nuclear project as energy supply crunch looms

LONDON/TOKYO Japan's Hitachi Ltd decided on Thursday to freeze a 3 trillion yen (£21.4 billion) nuclear power project in Britain, dealing a blow to UK plans for the replacement of ageing plants.

Japan, Nuclear Power 12:58pm GMT

Gloomy forecast for Davos - crises aplenty, but few world leaders

MILAN An array of crises will keep several world leaders away from the annual World Economic Forum in Davos next week, which takes place against a backdrop of deepening gloom over the global economic and political outlook.

G20 11:57am GMT

French foie gras makers fed up by toughened California ban

MONTAUT, France French producers of foie gras, the rich liver delicacy made from force-feeding grain to ducks or geese, have denounced a ban on the product in California, saying they make the creamy paté humanely, following all the rules. | Video

World, Japan 2:17pm GMT
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