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EU to offer Brexit delay, length depends on UK parliament - draft

The European Union will grant Britain an extension to its Brexit negotiating period, but the length of the delay will depend on whether Prime Minister Theresa May is able to win a vote in parliament on an exit agreement next week, draft summit conclusions said.

Australia shares set to open higher tracking Wall Street; NZ rises

Australian shares are expected to open higher on Friday after a positive lead from Wall Street, with firmer copper prices likely to support resources stocks. Worries about the U.S. central bank's signals on the economy were mollified by upbeat U.S. jobs data, which showed initial claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected, sending shares up. The local share price index futures rose 0.7 percent or 42 points to 6,197, a 29.8-point

Trump signs executive 'free speech' order for U.S. colleges

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order linking "free speech" efforts at public universities to federal grants in an effort to combat what he considers a clamp down on conservative students' abilities to share their views.

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