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Splits in May's Cabinet leave world guessing on Brexit LONDON: Divisions in Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet generated confusion over Brexit Friday after a series of mixed messages on how and when Britain will leave the European Union.Following an interview with Sky News in which he said that Britain planned to begin formal Brexit talks early next year, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quickly put in his place by May's office on Thursday."The government's position has not changed -- we will not trigger Article 50 before the end of 2016," a Downing Street spokesman said, referring to the EU treaty article outlining how a member state leaves.May has deliberately kept the public message vague, saying only that "Brexit means Brexit", she is aiming for the "best deal" and would not provide any further commentary before Britain triggers the exit procedure.But it is clear that there are differences of opinion in her government between those who favour "hard" Brexit -- ...

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Putin proposes his deputy chief of staff become speaker of parliament MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Friday proposed that Vyacheslav Volodin, deputy head of his administration, become speaker in the Duma, the lower house of parliament. Putin on Thursday offered Sergei Naryshkin, the outgoing speaker, the job of head of Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service. The reshuffle follows a landslide win by the ruling United Russia party in parliamentary elections on Sunday. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Erdogan says US arming Syrian Kurdish militia ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of sending more weapons to a Syrian Kurdish militia in defiance of Ankara's repeated insistence it is a "terrorist" organisation.Although the US views the the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia as its most significant ground ally against militants, Ankara says the fighters are "terrorists" linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which for decades has waged an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.Erdogan said late Thursday that ...

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Putin's close friend: Donald Trump will be next US president MOSCOW: One of Vladimir Putin's closest friends said on Thursday he believed Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States and that Western leaders were no match for the Russian president.Sergei Roldugin, a childhood friend of Putin's and godfather to his eldest daughter, made international headlines earlier this year after his name featured in the leaked Panama Papers as the owner of a sprawling network of offshore accounts. Some Western media said ...

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German unemployment seen dropping further in 2017 BERLIN: German unemployment, which has been falling for nearly 10 years, is expected to drop further in 2017, despite the influx of nearly a million migrants last year, the research arm of Germany's Federal Employment Agency said on Thursday. The agency's Institute for Employment Research (IAB) said it expected about 2.62 million people to be jobless in Europe's largest economy in 2017, a drop of 70,000 people from 2.69 million this year. Germany's working population ...

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Turkey has more measures to boost growth in the works, Erdogan aide says ANKARA: Turkey will see additional measures to boost growth and support consumers, an aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, a day after the government announced plans to ease the strain of credit on consumers. "The measures taken are appropriate," Cemil Ertem told broadcaster NTV. "We will see more measures against declining economic growth in the near future and to support consumers, small businesses and small manufacturers." Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday said ...

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Sweden plans wider police powers in clampdown on asylum seekers STOCKHOLM: Swedish police will be able to raid companies to catch illegal migrant workers under new proposals announced on Thursday, part of the centre-left government's clampdown on asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected. Sweden made an abrupt U-turn last year on decades of generous immigration policies, introducing border controls and tighter rules after 163,000 people applied for asylum in 2015. With numbers down sharply, the government has turned its focus to sending back those ...