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EU vote triggers open conflict in Britain's main parties LONDON: Britain's two main parties were in open conflict on Sunday after a vote to leave the EU triggered an attempted "coup" in the main opposition Labour Party and a bitter leadership contest in the ruling Conservatives. Both parties are reeling from the referendum result, when British voters rejected the arguments of their leaders and decided to leave the European Union in a vote which underscored the deep divisions in the country. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will resign -- prompting a fierce battle to replace him -- and several Labour lawmakers quit the party's top policy team to try to force their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, from office. It fell to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to describe events as "a vacuum of leadership". "I think what's happening at Westminster is shameful," she told the BBC. She also suggested the Brexit vote could see the departure of Scotland, ...

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China's finance minister sees 'Brexit' heightening uncertainty for markets BEIJING/TIANJIN: China's policymakers and leading economists on Sunday voiced concerns about Britain's vote to leave the European Union, with the finance minister saying it has heightened market uncertainty, though some expect a limited impact on the Chinese economy. The "Brexit" decision "will cast a shadow over the global economy ... The repercussions and fallout will emerge in the next five to 10 years," said Lou Jiwei, China's minister of finance, at the first annual meeting ...

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Merkel ally: London should review Brexit fallout, not decision BERLIN: Britain's politicians should take time to review the consequences of leaving the European Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday, but he stressed he did not mean they should rethink the Brexit decision itself. "Politicians in London should take the time to reconsider the consequences of the Brexit decision -- but by that I emphatically do not mean Brexit itself," Peter Altmaier told Reuters. Copyright Reuters, 2016

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Early turnout in Spanish election 36.9 percent MADRID: Turnout in Spain's parliamentary election was 36.9 percent at 1200 GMT on Sunday, according to official data, the same reading as in the December ballot. Participation had been expected to fall from the last election after six months of bickering between political parties and as the summer holidays start. A further turnout reading is due around 1630 GMT, before voting close at 1800 GMT, when the first exit polls will appear. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Despite Brexit, Kerry says, EU and US must work closely together ROME: Citing the need to address the threat from Islamic State and conflicts from Libya to Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States, European Union and Britain must cooperate closely despite Britain's decision to leave the EU. "There is a continuing criticality to this relationship, and one of the things that I want to emphasize in coming here today to Europe is how important the relationship of Europe, ...