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Popcorn to hand, EU watches Brexit show but frets for own future

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BRUSSELS/PARIS EU Brexit negotiators are "watching the BBC and eating popcorn", in the words of one of them, as Britain's domestic rows over leaving make for compelling TV but frustrate Europe's hopes for a clean break. | Video

Murdoch seeks permission to merge Times and Sunday Times 3:17pm GMT

LONDON Rupert Murdoch's London-based newspapers The Times and Sunday Times have asked the British government for permission to share resources across both titles, a move that is barred under rules imposed when the media mogul bought both newspapers in 1981.

U.S. lawmakers say to investigate whether Trump told lawyer to lie 8:44pm GMT

WASHINGTON Investigators in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives said on Friday they plan to examine whether U.S. President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress, prompted by a report by Buzzfeed News. | Video

Europe's patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes towards Trump 6:31pm GMT

BRUSSELS/PARIS In Tehran on Jan. 8 during a meeting with European envoys, Iranian officials abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door in an extraordinary break with protocol.

EU to derail Siemens, Alstom's European champion plan - sources 8:29pm GMT

BRUSSELS Siemens and Alstom's plan to create a European rail champion to take on a Chinese rival has failed to win over EU antitrust regulators despite German and French backing, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

U.S. regulators discuss fining Facebook for privacy violations - report 8:54pm GMT

U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a fine against Facebook Inc for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of personal data, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing three people familiar with the discussions.

Exclusive: BlackRock, Goldman to move some fund managers to U.S. if no-deal Brexit - sources 5:00pm GMT

LONDON BlackRock and Goldman Sachs Asset Management both plan to temporarily move some British-based fund managers to New York in the event of a no-deal Brexit, two sources told Reuters.

FTSE jumps on Sino-U.S. trade hopes, ending chaotic week with gains 5:08pm GMT

British blue-chip stocks rebounded sharply on Friday to bag four weeks of gains despite a tumultuous week in UK politics, helped by improving global sentiment prompted partly by signs of easing trade tensions between the United States and China.

Trump to hold new summit with North Korea's Kim soon - White House 8:35pm GMT

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un around the end of February but will maintain sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang's top nuclear negotiator. | Video

Speaker Pelosi accuses Trump of endangering U.S. troops, lawmakers 8:20pm GMT

WASHINGTON U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused President Donald Trump of putting American troops and civilians working in Afghanistan in danger by publicizing a planned congressional trip to the war-torn country. | Video