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May faces new battle in parliament over Brexit

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LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with rebels in her Conservative party on Wednesday after refusing to accept demands for parliament to have a "meaningful vote" on Brexit that could stop Britain crashing out of the European Union with no deal.

UK police see no indication of terrorism in London blast 19 Jun 2018

LONDON British police said on Tuesday a "small number of people" were receiving medical treatment after what they described as a minor explosion likely caused by a battery malfunction at an underground station in north London.

Trump says would back both U.S. House immigration bills as separation crisis grows 8:48am BST

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump told Republican lawmakers on Tuesday he would back either of the immigration bills making their way through the House of Representatives, as the outcry grew over his administration's separation of immigrant parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. | Video

U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs Israel, alarming critics 9:09am BST

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS The United States withdrew from a "hypocritical and self-serving" United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. | Video

White House piles pressure on China after Trump tariff threat 4:16am BST

WASHINGTON/BEIJING China has underestimated U.S. President Donald Trump's resolve to impose more tariffs unless it changes its "predatory" trade practices, a White House trade adviser said on Tuesday, as Trump greatly expanded the amount of Chinese imports possibly facing new duties. | Video

Half of UK employers expect they will struggle to find staff - REC 8:47am BST

LONDON Half of British employers think they will struggle to find the permanent staff they need, the biggest proportion since early 2017, a survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed on Wednesday.

European shares post modest rebound as trade war fears linger on 8:44am BST

LONDON European shares opened higher on Wednesday but the modest rebound failed to erase the previous session's losses as investors' fears about the trade dispute between the U.S. and China linger on.

Labour could order biggest shakeup of Bank of England remit in decades 8:47am BST

LONDON The Labour Party is considering asking the Bank of England to target productivity to help boost the economy if it wins power, in what would be the most radical change to the central bank's remit in over two decades.

China's Xi praises North Korea's Kim for Trump summit, promises support 8:00am BST

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping offered high praise to visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, lauding the "positive" outcome of his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and promising unwavering friendship. | Video

EU leaders worried over Irish border issue in Brexit talks - draft 19 Jun 2018

BRUSSELS European Union leaders will express concern on Friday over a lack of progress in talks with London on how to avoid reimposing controls at the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit.