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British PM May rebuffed calls to play bigger role in EU referendum campaign LIVERPOOL: Prime Minister Theresa May repeatedly failed to back her predecessor David Cameron in his fight to keep Britain in the European Union and hampered his attempts to rein in migration, according to extracts from two books about the referendum. May, who served as interior minister under Cameron and succeeded him as prime minister when he resigned after Britain's vote to leave the EU, backed staying in the bloc but was largely absent from the campaign. The two books come as May faces the complex task of leading negotiations over Britain's EU divorce, having divulged little on her intended strategy. Extracts from a book by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman said that May refused to support Cameron in seeking to take a harder line on immigration in his deal with Brussels to reform Britain's relationship with the EU. May told Cameron that he should not press ahead with demands ...

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Corbyn reasserts authority over divided UK Labour LIVERPOOL: Newly re-elected British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn repeated calls for unity Sunday in his deeply divided party, but risked antagonising MPs who had opposed him by promising more power to his grassroots supporters.Corbyn was confirmed in his position on Saturday with 61.8 percent of the vote among party members and supporters, seeing off a challenger backed by the majority of his lawmakers, who believe he can never lead them into government.But the main opposition ...

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Turkey could only join US Raqa op without Kurds: Erdogan ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey could join a US-led operation in Syria to retake the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqa only if Kurdish fighters are not involved, a newspaper reported Sunday.US support for Kurdish forces in Syria is a sore point for Ankara, which considers such fighters to be "terrorists" linked to the Kurdish rebels waging a bloody insurgency across the border in southeast Turkey.Washington, however, sees the Kurdish Democratic Union ...

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Two injured in suspected Hungary bomb blast BUDAPEST: A large explosion "of unknown origin" rocked a building in downtown Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two passing police officers, authorities said.The blast occurred at 10:30 pm local time (2030 GMT) inside or beside a ground floor shop on a major intersection, a police statement said Sunday.Two police officers who were on patrol were injured and taken to hospital, said the statement.The cause of the blast remains unconfirmed, although a news report on public ...

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Death toll rises to 57 in Turkey attack from August: report ANKARA: A child died from injuries sustained during a bomb attack on a Kurdish wedding in southern Turkey last month, raising the death toll to 57, local media reported Sunday.As a result, 34 children are now among those killed in the suicide attack in the city of Gaziantep which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said was carried out by a child bomber acting on the orders of the Islamic State group.Mahsun Nas, 13, was the latest ...

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Boris Johnson refuses to repeat claim on Brexit timing LONDON: Britain should not let its EU exit talks "drag on", Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Sunday, though he refused to repeat his previous claim the government would trigger the formal leaving process in early 2017.Johnson said Thursday that Britain would invoke Article 50, the official procedure for quitting the European Union, within months of the new year.But he was not subsequently backed up by Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office, which repeated her ...

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Ex-IMF boss Rato on trial over bankers' luxury sprees MADRID: Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato stands trial Monday accused of overseeing a "corrupt system" that helped him and other executives misuse funds on hotels, parties and luxury shopping when he was a Spanish bank boss.Uncovered in 2013 by a journalist who saw a hacked email alluding to "black credit cards," the case threatens to land the former economy minister and onetime star of the ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) in jail and with a ...