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Brexit: Theresa May to update MPs on talks

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Theresa May will update Parliament later on her latest round of Brexit talks, as she continues to try to gather backing for her deal.The PM is due to make a statement to MPs, ahead of a debate on Thursday on the next steps for Brexit.She visited Dublin and Brussels last week seeking changes to the backstop - the "insurance" policy to avoid a hard border on
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Newspaper headlines: ‘Soft Brexit talks’ and a Bafta queen

[ad_1] Image caption A photo of the Duchess of Cambridge on the red carpet in an elegant white gown marks the Bafta Awards on the Times' front page. The paper's main story reports that Theresa May risks a Brexit split in her cabinet by opening the door to talks on Jeremy Corbyn's customs union plan. Image caption Metro takes the opposite view of the prime minister's intentions. "I'm Jez saying
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Brexit: Theresa May meets Leo Varadkar for Brexit talks

[ad_1] Image copyright Maxwell Photography Image caption Theresa May arrived at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Friday evening The prime minister has met Leo Varadkar in Dublin for talks focused on Brexit and the political deadlock in Northern Ireland. Theresa May has now returned to the UK after having dinner with the taoiseach (Irish prime minister).The talks in Farmleigh House lasted about two hours. The meeting took place after Mr
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Brexit: Talks on backstop ‘alternative arrangements’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and senior government officials are due to discuss alternative arrangements to the Irish backstop.The Alternative Arrangements Working Group will meet for the first time on Monday after MPs voted to find another way of avoiding a hard Irish border.Home Secretary Sajid Javid has already said that "existing technology" could be used.The Irish PM said the UK was reviewing ideas that had
US & World

Trump condemns wall talks in New York Times interview

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The interview came after Mr Trump reached out to the New York Times' publisher US President Donald Trump has dismissed Robert Mueller's investigation and ongoing talks about a proposed border wall in a New York Times interview.The president said negotiations in Congress about funding for a wall - the issue behind the recent government shutdown - were a "waste of time".He also claimed his
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China hails ‘important progress’ in US trade talks

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Vice Premier Liu He and President Donald Trump talk to the press about trade China's trade delegation says it made "important progress" in the latest round of talks with the US, China's state media reports.At the end of a two-day meeting in Washington, China pledged to purchase an additional five million tonnes of US soy beans. US President Donald Trump touted the promise as
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Brexit: Theresa May set for further talks with EU leaders

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: We will seek changes to EU withdrawal agreementTheresa May is expected to continue talks with EU leaders in the coming days after MPs backed a proposal for her to renegotiate her Brexit deal.MPs voted 317 to 301 in favour of replacing the backstop - the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland in the event of
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Taliban talks: US envoy says significant progress made in Qatar

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan and is part of a Nato mission there The US and the Afghan Taliban have made "significant progress" in talks aimed at ending the 17-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, the US envoy has said.In a series of tweets, Zalmay Khalilzad did not give details but said the unprecedented six days of talks in Qatar were "more productive
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Brexit: Theresa May to meet union leaders for talks

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA The prime minister will meet union leaders later to talk about the next steps of her Brexit plan. Theresa May will try to find compromise with Unison, the TUC, Unite and the GMB after her deal was overwhelmingly voted down by MPs last week.But a number of the leaders have backed delaying the UK's exit date from the EU and some support another referendum. Meanwhile, Chancellor
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Patisserie Valerie collapses into administration as rescue talks fail

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Troubled cafe chain Patisserie Valerie has collapsed into administration after the failure of rescue talks with banks.The company, which has about 200 outlets, said on Tuesday it did not have enough money to meet its debts.Administrators from KPMG have been appointed to run the chain and its various subsidiaries, which employ about 2,500 people.In October, Patisserie Valerie uncovered "significant, and potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities".The company's