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A duchess and a new royal yacht - the future of British trade diplomacy?

LONDON (Reuters) - As Britain sets sail in uncharted waters on the lookout for post-Brexit trade deals, lawmakers and a former diplomat have earmarked two key weapons: the Duchess of Cambridge and a new royal yacht.
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The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday its General Staff had asked President Vladimir Putin for permission to resume air strikes against militants in Syria's eastern Aleppo after a 10-day hiatus, th
Pakistani police clashed with opposition party supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi Friday, arresting dozens ahead of a planned protest by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan aimed at unse
The Danish ex-editor who commissioned the Mohammed cartoons that triggered deadly protests a decade ago Friday accused the Jyllands-Posten newspaper of trying to silence him, saying it had let "the ji
The parliament of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia voted in favor of a planned EU-Canada trade agreement Friday, ending its opposition that had threatened to destroy the entire deal.
A U.S. man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking the accounts of Hollywood stars, which led to the online release of private nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebriti
Uber should no longer treat its drivers as self-employed, a British tribunal ruled Friday, in a decision which threatens the taxi app's business model by forcing it to pay the minimum wage and offer h
Switzerland's national railways firm SBB is branching out next month with the launch of a new service on its ticket machines to sell bitcoins, the web-based digital currency.
Four people died in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's separatist east, officials said Friday, the highest death toll since international peace talks held 10 day
Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worri
Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worri
The launch next month of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station has been postponed by 48 hours, Russia's space agency said Friday, reportedly to ensure better
Prime Minister Mark Rutte Friday said that his government may submit a bill revoking Dutch support for the European Union-Ukraine treaty Monday
BRUSSELS - Lawmakers in the Belgian region that held up an important new trade pact between the European Union and Canada officially approved the deal Friday. Parliamentarians in the French-speaking
Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there was nothing preventing a second Brexit referendum and warned that the break-up would be "very, very tough" as European leaders were in an u
OTTAWA - Justice Malcolm Rowe has been formally appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Rowe, a former justice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal, was nominated to the court last week
Although most Icelanders are sceptical about their country's future within the EU, they seek a closure on the matter by supporting a referendum.
Technological progress may lead to humans giving robots the power to press “the red button” and launch a nuclear strike. This was the warning Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had for s
Police tear-gassed and baton-charged the rock-throwing protesters in Rawalpindi, 20 km from Islamabad.
BERLIN (AP) — German public broadcaster SWR has come under fire for a comedy sketch in which a presenter is disguised using blackface. The Initiative of Black People in Germany says the stunt reflect
OTTAWA - The federal government ran a deficit of $2.7 billion in August compared with a deficit of $2.3 billion in the same month last year. According to the Finance Department's latest fiscal monito
HALIFAX - The federal and Nova Scotia governments have announced up to $3 million to fund the replacement of a Halifax shelter for women and children. The money will go toward the construction of a n
MIAMI (AP) — Take a look, it’s in a book — and on a computer, tablet and phone: A “Reading Rainbow.” More than three decades after the program to encourage reading among children fi
The former manager of a gourmet restaurant in the French resort city of Nice is suspected of ordering the kidnapping of a hotel magnate, who was found bound in the back of a van, investigators said Fr
Emails from one of Vladmir Putin's top aides have been released by a Ukrainian group and allege the Kremlin controlled the Crimean separatists movement that led to Russia taking over the region. 
QAYARA, Iraq (AP) — Sabriya Hammad buried her son in a cemetery that was destroyed by the same people who killed him. Sitting on cardboard and surrounded by relatives, Hammad sobbed quietly over the
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters in nearby Rawalpindi fought runni
CAIRO (Reuters) - An explosive device detonated along a main road in Cairo on Friday as security forces passed by, killing at least one civilian passerby and injuring another, the interior ministry sa
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Bulgaria's European commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, who unsuccessfully sought the post of United Nations Secretary-General in September, has been named as chief executive of th
Individuals in highly stressful jobs with little control tend to die at a younger age than workers who have more control in their jobs, researchers f
Britain's more than 40,000 Uber drivers are entitled to sick days, vacation and other benefits, a labour tribunal said in a ruling the ride-hailing c
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Two freight trains have crashed head-on in Pennsylvania, injuring two crew members. A CSX spokesman says an empty freight train traveling to Pavonia, New Jersey from Richmond, Vir
The Turkish Interior Ministry on Friday suspended a total of 265 officers of the Gendarmerie and Coast Guard for alleged links to the failed coup in July.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Ammon Bundy's lawyer will be back in Oregon next year, this time as the accused. In a bizarre ending to the trial, Marcus Mumford was wrestled to the ground by U.S. marshals and arre
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama’s law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level a

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