EUROPE

Iran sets Dec. 10 court date for jailed Iranian-British aid worker

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran has told jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she will appear in court next month accused of spreading propaganda, her husband, Richard, said on Thursday. Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen in an undated photograph handed out by her family. Ratcliffe Family Handout via REUTERS “She’s been told she will appear in court on ...

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Households drive UK growth again in third quarter, businesses more wary

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy again relied heavily on spending by squeezed households for growth in the three months to September, as businesses invested only cautiously while they await clarity on Brexit, official data showed. Houses are seen in London, Britain January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth The fragile picture of the economy echoed the sharply weaker outlook announced on Wednesday ...

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May to meet EU's Juncker, Barnier Dec. 4, EU confirms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 4, the EU executive confirmed on Thursday. European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker take part in an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli EU ...

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Greek pensioners protest against government that 'took everything'

ATHENS (Reuters) – Several hundred elderly Greeks marched through Athens on Thursday, protesting against a government they say “took everything” with a new round of cuts to pensions and crumbling health care benefits. Greek pensioners take part in a demonstration against cutbacks in medical care in Athens, Greece, November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis Greece’s three bailouts since 2010 have repeatedly ...

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Merkel ally urges Social Democrats to consider new German 'grand coalition'

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) should reconsider their opposition to joining a new “grand coalition” with Angela Merkel’s conservatives because Europe needs a stable government in Berlin, a senior ally of the chancellor said on Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, head of the Christian Democratic Party CDU and Social Democratic Party SPD leader and top candidate Martin Schulz ...

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PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday that the political crisis in Lebanon this month was “a wake up call” for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues. Hariri was referring to the crisis ignited by his decision to resign earlier this month. He announced the shock resignation from Saudi Arabia, a ...

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FTSE sluggish after Centrica dives

LONDON (Reuters) – A drop in Centrica’s (CNA.L) shares after a trading update weighed on the blue chip FTSE 100 .FTSE on Thursday, while housebuilders recovered some ground. People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File photo Britain’s blue chip FTSE 100 .FTSE index was down 0.3 percent at 7,397.51 ...

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Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal amid concern over army's role

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, a government official said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive. A Rohingya refugee boy carries branches to make a fire at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November ...

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Warehouse fire sends huge clouds of smoke across London skyline

LONDON (Reuters) – A fire at an industrial estate sent clouds of smoke billowing across London on Thursday morning. London’s fire brigade said 81 firefighters and 12 fire engines were battling the blaze at an industrial estate in Ponders End, northeast London. The smoke clouds could be seen against a clear blue sky from as far away as the Canary ...

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Households prop up UK growth again, firms more cautious

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy remained reliant on spending by households, despite the squeeze on their finances, while business investment grew slowly, suggesting caution among companies ahead of Brexit, official data for the third quarter showed. Houses are seen in London, Britain January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Britain’s overall economic growth sped up moderately in the third quarter to 0.4 ...

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