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Unveiling government plan, Queen says priority is to exit EU on Oct. 31

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LONDON The priority of Britain's government is to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, Queen Elizabeth said on Monday, setting out Prime Minister Boris Johnson's programme for a country deeply divided over Brexit.

Brexit hangs in the balance as EU doubts a deal this week 12:48pm BST

LONDON/BRUSSELS A deal to smooth Britain's departure from the European Union hung in the balance on Monday after diplomats indicated the bloc wanted more concessions from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and said a full agreement was unlikely this week.

Hong Kong violence is 'life-threatening', say police, citing crude bomb 11:07am BST

HONG KONG Hong Kong police said on Monday that violence in the Asian financial hub had escalated to a "life-threatening level", citing the explosion of a small bomb and the stabbing of a police officer in clashes with protesters overnight.

Returning from recess, Democrats press Trump impeachment inquiry 12:46pm BST

WASHINGTON The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will crank up its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump this week as lawmakers return after a two-week recess, with closed-door testimony from current and former administration officials looming.

Poverty-tackling trio win Nobel economics prize 12:42pm BST

STOCKHOLM U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for their work in fighting poverty that has helped millions of children around the world.

EU to challenge Colombia at WTO to protect Belgian fries 12:53pm BST

BRUSSELS The European Union will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization against Colombia over duties imposed on imports of frozen potato fries, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday.

In 2020 campaign fight, Biden backers worry about being outgunned by Trump 11:21am BST

WASHINGTON As Joe Biden squares off against a bevy of Democratic challengers at a U.S. presidential debate on Tuesday, his fiercest opponent will not be sharing the stage with him.

Climate change activists target London's financial district 12:53pm BST

LONDON Climate change activists targeted London's financial district on Monday blocking Bank junction, vowing a day of disruption for major institutions which they said were financing an environmental catastrophe.

Superdry entrusts Dunkerton with turning around fashion firm he founded 12:06pm BST

LONDON Superdry put its faith in Julian Dunkerton to get the British fashion group back on track on Monday, confirming him as chief executive until 2021, after the co-founder returned in a boardroom coup earlier this year.

Russia-backed Syrian forces enter Kurdish-held region amid U.S. retreat 1:13pm BST

BEIRUT/ANKARA Russia-backed Syrian forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.