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Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar – U.S. general

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an “undeniable” link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, underscoring U.S. concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya. Earlier this month Reuters reported that Russia appeared to have deployed special forces to an air base in ...

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Queen honours minister who tried to save policeman

<span class="articleLocation”>British foreign affairs minister Tobias Ellwood who tried to resuscitate a police officer stabbed to death in the attack on Britain’s parliament has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth, the prime minister’s office said on Friday. Ellwood and security minister Ben Wallace, who helped coordinate the government’s response to Wednesday’s attack, were appointed to the Privy Council, which has advised ...

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Exclusive – UK regulator warns on EDF oversight of Hinkley Point supplier Areva: document

By Geert De Clercq and Karolin Schaps | PARIS/LONDON PARIS/LONDON French utility EDF’s oversight of Areva, which will supply Britain’s new Hinkley Point nuclear reactors, was brought into question in an internal document by Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Following the discovery of manufacturing irregularities and the falsification of documents at Areva’s Creusot Forge foundry last year, French nuclear ...

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"Ooh aah" Cantona says time for French election to be cancelled

PARIS Former French soccer star turned actor Eric Cantona took a swipe at French presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Friday, suggesting it was time to cancel the country’s election given the lack of ethics and morals in the campaign. In a 40-second sound bite on Eurosport’s Twitter feed, the former Manchester United and France striker reacted just hours after one-time ...

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Five children among 11 Syrians killed as boat sinks off Turkey – DHA

By Tuvan Gumrukcu | ANKARA ANKARA Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast on Friday, the Dogan news agency said, the first such reported incident in months on an illegal migrant route meant to have been all but shut down. Television footage showed rescue workers standing next to bodies washed up ...

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Prince George, 3, to start school in September

LONDON Prince George, Britain’s third in line to the throne, is to start school in southwest London in September, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. Three-year-old George, the elder child of Prince William and his wife Kate, will attend the private Thomas’s Battersea school. The choice is a break from a recent family tradition of sending younger royals to Wetherby School ...

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Co-op in talks with multiple bidders but break-up seen inevitable- sources

By Pamela Barbaglia and Rahul B <span class="articleLocation”>Britain’s Co-operative Bank said on Friday its ongoing sales process has drawn interest from multiple bidders after the ailing British lender put itself up for sale in February. Sources close to the process told Reuters that most bidders are interested in specific assets only as they see little value in buying the whole ...

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U.S. sanctions 30 firms, individuals for aiding Iran, North Korea arms programs

WASHINGTON The United States has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria, the State Department said on Friday. Eleven companies or individuals from China, North Korea or the United Arab Emirates were sanctioned for technology transfers that To ...

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Exclusive – HSBC to boost China staff by up to 1,000 in 2017, mostly in Pearl River Delta

By Sumeet Chatterjee | HONG KONG HONG KONG HSBC (HSBA.L) plans to add as many as 1,000 new employees to its Chinese retail banking and wealth management arm this year, the business’s regional head said, most of them in the Pearl River Delta, the heart of the bank’s growth strategy in China. If that target is hit, the new additions ...

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Bank of England to charge banks for additional 'Brexit' costs

By Huw Jones | LONDON LONDON The Bank of England is to increase the fees it levies on the banks it regulates to meet additional costs resulting from Britain’s move to leave the European Union – and may have to ask for more cash later on. The central bank’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a consultation paper on Friday on ...

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