By Jan Strupczewski | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS The European Union wants to set up a joint committee with Britain to oversee the management, implementation and enforcement of the yet-to-be-reached divorce agreement with London, documents by EU negotiators showed on Thursday. The committee, made up of British and EU representatives, would ensure the good functioning of the
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By Barbara Lewis and Julia Fioretti | LONDON/BRUSSELS LONDON/BRUSSELS EU policymakers are unlikely to agree to Europe-wide rules on toxic smoke from burning building materials despite years of lobbying from fire fighters and safety experts, according to a draft report ordered by the region’s executive seen by Reuters. The debate has been going on in
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By Arshad Mohammed and Mica Rosenberg | WASHINGTON/NEW YORK WASHINGTON/NEW YORK President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries and all refugees entering the United States is finally scheduled to take effect later on Thursday, but in a scaled-back form that still allows in some travelers. The rollout of the controversial
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By Khaled al-Ramahi and Maher Chmaytelli | MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque at the heart of Islamic State’s de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group’s self-styled caliphate at an end. Iraqi authorities expect the long battle
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LONDON The government will consider its options if Northern Irish politicians are unable to restore the British province’s power-sharing executive by a deadline set for later on Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said. “If, despite our collective efforts, it proves impossible to re-establish the executive we will need to consider the options to ensure
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By Elizabeth Piper | LONDON LONDON The opposition Labour Party lost a vote to try to force Theresa May to change her austerity agenda and increase public sector pay on Wednesday, in the first of many expected challenges to the prime minister’s ability to govern. May won by 323 votes to 309 in the first
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By Kim Palmer | CLEVELAND CLEVELAND Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature voted on Wednesday to freeze enrollment in the state’s Medicaid healthcare insurance for the poor, setting the stage for a showdown with Republican Governor John Kasich, who favors expanding the program. The proposed Medicaid freeze, which would deny coverage to hundreds of thousands of Ohio residents
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By Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The top U.S. Senate Republican struggled on Wednesday to salvage major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump, meeting privately with a parade of skeptical senators as critics within the party urged substantial changes. Republican leaders hope to agree on changes to the legislation by Friday
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SYDNEY Australian police said on Thursday they have charged the Vatican’s treasurer, Australian Cardinal George Pell, with multiple sexual assault offences. “Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences,” Victoria state police deputy commissioner Shane Patton told a news conference in Melbourne. “There are multiple complainants relating to those charges,” he
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By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he planned to nominate a Federal Communications Commission attorney to fill one of two vacant seats at the nation’s telecommunications regulatory agency. The White House said Trump would name Brendan Carr, a Republican who previously served as an adviser to FCC Chairman
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By Dan Whitcomb | LOS ANGELES LOS ANGELES The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider a challenge by business groups of the state’s cap-and-trade law, a ruling that environmentalists hailed as ending a legal fight that had cast a cloud over the program. The state supreme court did not issue a written opinion
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By Martyn Herman | LONDON LONDON It cost him five years of grand slam silverware, but Australian great Rod Laver says the decision to turn professional made him twice the player he was as an amateur. When Laver cleaned up all four grand slam titles in 1962 it seemed ludicrous to suggest he could get
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By Estelle Shirbon | LONDON LONDON Prosecutors on Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people including ex-police chiefs over the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium crush in which 96 fans died, Britain’s worst sporting disaster. The charges related to the deaths and also to an alleged subsequent cover-up by police of their own catastrophic mistakes. The
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LONDON Michael Bond, the British creator of Paddington Bear, a marmalade sandwich-loving refugee from Peru who entertained generations of children with his exploits in London, died on Tuesday aged 91 after a short illness. Wearing a tag round his neck that read “Please look after this bear”, Paddington was named after the London railway station
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