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UK will have 'control over borders' after Brexit: PM LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May insisted on Sunday that Britain will have "control over our borders" after Brexit, suggesting she would be prepared to quit Europe's trading zone to achieve it."The referendum vote was a vote for us to... bring control into our immigration system. I'm clear that is part of what we need to deliver," she told Sky News in an interview."We will be able to have control over our borders, of our laws."German leader Angela Merkel has warned Britain will not be able to remain in the EU's single market while "cherry picking" the terms -- including over the free movement of labour. May on Sunday appeared to suggest she would be willing to quit the trade zone."Often people talk in terms of, somehow we're leaving the EU but we still want to keep bits of membership of the EU," she said."We're leaving, we're coming out, we're not ...

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth makes first appearance after heavy cold SANDRINGHAM: Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first public appearance since before Christmas on Sunday as she recovered from a heavy cold that caused the 90-year-old monarch to miss Christmas and New Year church services. The queen, wearing a vibrant blue coat and hat, arrived with her husband Prince Philip, 95, at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham in eastern England, where she traditionally spends the festive period on her country estate. The trip to Sandringham ...

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Former PM Valls loses lead over Montebourg in Socialist primaries PARIS: Former French prime minister Manuel Valls has lost his lead over leftist opponent Arnaud Montebourg ahead of the Socialist primaries, an Ifop poll, published by the weekly Journal du Dimanche, showed on Sunday.In case of a second-round vote on Jan. 29 between Valls and Montebourg, former economy minister Montebourg was predicted to win 52 percent of the vote, the first time he has pulled ahead of Valls in a major poll. Last month, Valls ...

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Heavy snowfall paralyses Istanbul ISTANBUL: A heavy snowstorm paralysed life in Istanbul on Saturday, with hundreds of flights cancelled and the Bosphorus closed to shipping traffic.Almost 65 centimetres (25 inches) of snow fell on parts of the Turkish metropolis overnight and during the day, causing havoc on roads as travellers sought to leave the city for the weekend.For those not travelling, the snow provided a rare chance to see Istanbul's famous minaret and dome-studded skyline cloaked in white.Flag carrier ...

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Donor to PM May's party says to cut funds if single market access lost LONDON: A leading donor to Theresa May's Conservative Party warned on Saturday he would cut his financial support if the government pulled Britain out of the European single market as part of Brexit negotiations.Andrew Cook, chairman of engineering firm William Cook, backed remaining in the EU during last June's referendum. He said it was critical the country maintained its membership of the single market or jobs would be lost."I would find it impossible under those ...

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Portugal November jobless falls to 10.5pc LISBON: Portugal's unemployment rate dipped to 10.5 percent in November from a revised rate of 10.6 percent in October, data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed on Friday. The unemployment level in October was revised lower from 10.8 percent, the INE said. In November 2015 unemployment stood at 12.3 percent. The jobless rate, which peaked in early 2013 at over 17 percent, has been falling steadily since then as the economy returned to growth. ...

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Snowstorms wreak chaos in Bulgaria and Romania SOFIA/BUCHAREST: Snowstorms paralysed traffic and cut electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in Bulgaria on Friday while forcing atomic energy producer Nuclearelectrica in neighbouring Romania to shut down its No. 1 reactor. Blizzards caused power blackouts in more than 770 Bulgarian towns, authorities said. It also closed parts of the Trakiya motorway in southeastern Bulgaria, all roads in a swathe of the northeast and the main A-2 motorway linking the Romanian capital Bucharest with ...