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Pakistan's Malala 'excited' after winning place at Oxford University

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BIRMINGHAM, England Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize when she was 17, said on Thursday she was "excited" after winning a place to study at Oxford University. | Video

Britain 'confident' of new phase in Brexit talks by October

LONDON Britain said on Thursday it was "confident" talks with the European Union would move towards discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding.

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Britain tries Trojan Horse trade tactic in Ireland

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The UK government is trying to send a trade Trojan Horse to Ireland. The European Union wants Northern Ireland’s knotty border issue resolved before Britain’s wider exit terms from the bloc can be agreed. New proposals from London deftly advance the government’s trade agenda, couched in concern for the region’s peace process. It may not work, but it’s smart, because having Dublin onside raises the chances of Britain getting what it wants.

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British retail sales slow in July after strong second quarter

LONDON British retail sales growth slowed broadly as expected in July after a strong second quarter, as shoppers cut back on purchases of most goods other than food, adding to worries about a fall in consumer demand caused by higher inflation.

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Euro zone inflation stable in July, core inflation rises year on year

BRUSSELS Inflation in the 19 countries sharing the euro currency remained stable in July, European statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, but the much watched core inflation metric excluding volatile energy costs and unprocessed food rose.

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Most businesses have not changed strategic planning due to Brexit: Thomson Reuters CFO survey

LONDON A majority of businesses are yet to change their strategic planning due to Britain's decision to leave the European Union, a survey of chief financial officers by Thomson Reuters showed.

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UK exporters' confidence softens, says British Chambers of Commerce

LONDON The British Chambers of Commerce said on Thursday that exporters' confidence has softened slightly, due to concerns about currency fluctuations and a shortage of skilled workers.

Aug 16 2017

Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it 13 billion euros in back taxes unjustified

BERLIN Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to 13 billion euros ($13.8 bln) in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.

Aug 16 2017

Britain seeks Brexit without borders for Northern Ireland

LONDON/DUBLIN Britain has said there should be no border posts or immigration checks between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, in a paper that attempts to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its departure from the European Union. | Video

Aug 16 2017

Factbox: How can Britain avoid a post-Brexit border for Northern Ireland?

LONDON/DUBLIN Britain said on Wednesday there should be no border posts or immigration checks between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, in a paper that attempts to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its departure from the European Union.

Aug 16 2017
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Merkel, called 'traitor', defends refugee stance in rowdy east Germany

ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted with shouts of "traitor" by a rowdy group of right-wing protesters in east Germany on Thursday as she defended her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country.

Slovakia's future is with core EU, not eurosceptic eastern nations: PM

BRATISLAVA Slovakia should be part of a deeply integrated 'core' European Union driven by Germany and France, its prime minister said on Tuesday, backtracking from previous eurosceptic positions and distancing himself from some other east European states.

Brother of suspect in UK model kidnap plot denies involvement: lawyer

LONDON A man accused of being part of a plot to kidnap a British model in Milan denied any involvement in the alleged scheme and will fight extradition from Britain to Italy, his lawyer told a London court on Thursday.

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