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Irish government set to fall weeks before Brexit summit


DUBLIN Ireland's minority government looked set to collapse on Friday after the party propping it up submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister, weeks before a summit on Britain's plans to leave the European Union.

At least 85 people killed in attack on mosque in Egypt's north Sinai - state news agency 1:05pm GMT

CAIRO At least 85 people were killed and 80 more wounded when suspected militants targeted a mosque in Egypt's north Sinai with a bomb and gunfire, MENA state news agency said on Friday, citing an official source.

May calls on EU to move with Britain to open Brexit trade talks 12:36pm GMT

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May repeated her wish on Friday to make a joint move with the European Union to open negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal. | Video

UK mortgage approvals hit 13-month low, consumer morale ebbs 11:49am GMT

LONDON British banks approved the fewest mortgages in 13 months and consumer confidence is lower than at any time since last year's Brexit vote because of a weaker housing market, according to surveys that add to a downbeat outlook for the economy.

German president summons grand coalition partners for talks 12:39pm GMT

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) appeared close to dropping their opposition to renewing cooperation with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, with a planned summit between the two camps seemingly offering a way out of a political impasse.

EU's Juncker says December 4 meeting with May will show if Brexit progress made 8:31am GMT

BRUSSELS The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday that a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on December 4 will allow the EU to see whether sufficient progress was made on Brexit talks.

Spotlight on RBS in Bank of England stress test 12:28pm GMT

LONDON The Bank of England will publish stress test results for seven of Britain's major banks on Tuesday, which will put the spotlight on Royal Bank of Scotland now the government has revived plans to sell its majority stake.

Mnangagwa the 'Crocodile' sworn in as Zimbabwe president 12:36pm GMT

HARARE Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday as president of Zimbabwe in front of thousands of cheering supporters at Harare's national stadium, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. | Video

UK consumer confidence slumps to post-Brexit vote low - YouGov/Cebr 8:49am GMT

LONDON British households are their least confident since immediately after last year's Brexit vote, partly because of this month's interest rate hike and further signs of a slowdown in the housing market, a survey showed on Friday.

South African appeals court more than doubles Pistorius sentence 11:51am GMT

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's Supreme Court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence on Friday after the state argued the original jail term of six years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was "shockingly lenient".