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Corbyn re-elected as UK Labour leader after bitter fight LIVERPOOL: Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected British Labour leader on Saturday, seeing off a challenge from his MPs but leaving the opposition party deeply divided, with its very future in question.Supporters in Liverpool, northwest England cheered the 67-year-old as results confirmed that he had defeated rival MP Owen Smith with 61.8 percent of the vote among party members and supporters.Corbyn, first elected this time last year, increased his share of the vote from then, when he received 59.5 percent after putting an anti-austerity, anti-nuclear agenda at the forefront of British politics for the first time in a generation."Elections are passionate and often partisan affairs and some things are often said in the heat of the debate that we later come to regret," he said after the result was announced."We have much more in common than that which divides us. "As far as I'm concerned, let's wipe that slate clean from ...

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Schaeuble urged lawmakers to grill ECB's Draghi BERLIN: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble ratcheted up his criticism of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi this week ahead of Draghi's visit to the German parliament next week, the Bild newspaper reported on Saturday.Schaeuble, a fierce critic of Draghi, urged members of the German finance committee to ask tough questions about Draghi's monetary policy when he testifies before the committee on Wednesday, the newspaper said, citing meeting participants.The ECB has been easing policy aggressively ...

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EasyJet reportedly eyes German airline to duck Brexit FRANKFURT: EasyJet is in talks to acquire TUIfly, a board member of the German carrier said Friday, as the British no-frills airline seeks ways to keep flying freely within the EU.Talks have been going on "for some time", said Martin Locher, an employee representative on TUIfly's supervisory board.TUIfly -- a subsidiary of leading tour operator TUI -- was in discussions with EasyJet as well as "another airline in a European country outside Germany" about a ...

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EU looks beyond Obama to clinch free trade deal BRATISLAVA: A last-gasp push to seal a landmark free trade deal between the European Union and the United States before the end of Barack Obama's presidency has failed, EU ministers agreed on Friday. "It is not realistic to reach the final agreement by the end of the Obama administration," said Peter Ziga, the trade minister of Slovakia which currently holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency.The decision puts the fate of the accord on the US ...

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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 ...

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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 ...