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Factbox - U.S. companies react on impact of Trump trade tariffs - 21 Sep 2018 at 6:10pm - China and the United States plunged deeper into a trade war on Tuesday after Beijing added $60 billion (45.88 billion) of U.S. products to its tariff list, retaliating to U.S. President Donald Trump's planned levies on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

White House optimistic on China trade; no date for more talks - 21 Sep 2018 at 6:10pm - The United States is optimistic about finding a way forward in its trade dispute with China, but it does not have a date scheduled for further talks as it assesses Beijing's response to the latest round of tariffs, a senior White House official said on Friday.

Newspaper headlines: 'Defiant' May gives Brexit 'ultimatum' - 21 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm - Theresa May's statement calling for more respect from the EU dominates most of Saturday's papers.

Exclusive - Ecuador attempted to give Assange diplomat post in Russia: document - 21 Sep 2018 at 5:46pm - Ecuador in 2017 gave Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a diplomatic post in Russia but rescinded it after Britain refused to give him diplomatic immunity, according to an Ecuadorean government document seen by Reuters.

May facing ministerial resignations over Brexit plan - Telegraph - 21 Sep 2018 at 5:44pm - Some of British Prime Minister Theresa May's ministers will demand a "Plan B" on her Brexit proposal next week and could quit if she does not change course, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

May challenges EU as Brexit talks hit 'impasse', sterling tumbles - 21 Sep 2018 at 5:44pm - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Brexit talks with the European Union had hit an impasse, defiantly challenging the bloc to come up with its own plans a day after EU leaders savaged her proposals.

Labour vows to 'put equality centre' stage at conference - 21 Sep 2018 at 5:02pm - But debates on a Brexit referendum and the future of the party will also dominate Labour's conference.

Receding trade fears propel stocks to six-month peak - 21 Sep 2018 at 4:57pm - The U.S. dollar rebounded and world shares hit a six-month high on Friday after China's moves to boost domestic consumption bolstered a rally driven by investor bets that the latest U.S.-China trade dispute was unlikely to dent global growth.

Salisbury Prezzo poisoning scare not a hoax, says Anna Shapiro - 21 Sep 2018 at 4:48pm - The woman at the centre of Sunday's nerve agent scare in Salisbury insists her fear was genuine.

Paramedics called to 'chemical incident' at Scottish Gas building - 21 Sep 2018 at 4:38pm - Thirteen people have been treated at the Scottish Gas building in the Granton area of Edinburgh.

B&M fined for illegal knife sales to east London teens - 21 Sep 2018 at 3:06pm - Four teenagers were unchallenged by staff and were sold knives at stores in east London.

Exclusive - OPEC and allies consider oil output boost as Iranian supply falls... - 21 Sep 2018 at 2:39pm - OPEC and other oil producers are discussing the possibility of raising output by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) to counter falling supply from Iran because of U.S. sanctions, a source familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

Liam McIlvanney wins Scottish crime book of the year award - 21 Sep 2018 at 2:34pm - Liam McIlvanney's book The Quaker picked up the 2018 McIlvanney Prize, named after his father William.

Great Ormond Street professor killed in London bike crash - 21 Sep 2018 at 2:07pm - Prof Maria Bitner-Glindzicz's bike collided with a taxi and a stationary vehicle in central London.

Brexit: What happens next? - 21 Sep 2018 at 1:46pm - With Brexit talks in deadlock, what might happen between now and the official departure day next March?

Theresa May: EU must respect UK in Brexit talks - 21 Sep 2018 at 1:41pm - Theresa May says it is "not acceptable" for EU leaders to reject her plan without an alternative.

Doctors win battle with drug giants over cheaper eye medicine - 21 Sep 2018 at 1:38pm - Drug giants Novartis , Bayer and Roche on Friday lost a bid to stop British doctors from recommending a cheaper drug option for people with an eye disease that causes blindness, the High Court in London ruled.

EU's Tusk says a compromise with Britain is still possible - 21 Sep 2018 at 1:32pm - European Council President Donald Tusk said he was convinced that the European Union and Britain could still find a compromise over the country's exit from the 28-country bloc.

Comcast and Fox take $34 billion battle for Sky to the wire - 21 Sep 2018 at 1:19pm - Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox face a quick-fire auction for British broadcaster Sky on Saturday after neither side backed down in a drawn-out $34 billion (26 billion pounds) battle.

European stock index scores best winning streak in two decades - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:56pm - Easing fears of a trade war further lifted European shares on Friday, with trade-sensitive sectors like miners and autos leading the advance.

May has only self to blame for Salzburg sandbagging, Europeans say - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:39pm - If Theresa May felt ambushed, as British media saw it, at the Salzburg EU summit, she has only herself to blame for irritating continental leaders with her stand on Brexit, EU officials and diplomats said on Friday.

Maryland woman kills three people and herself in warehouse gun rampage - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:37pm - A woman armed with a handgun opened fire on Thursday on co-workers at a Maryland distribution centre for the Rite Aid drugstore chain, killing three people and wounding three others before taking her own life, the Harford County sheriff said.

Political price of no-deal Brexit would be high - Sturgeon - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:33pm - Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives would pay a high political price for a no-deal Brexit in Scotland, which voted to keep its EU membership, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

British inquiry intensifies Danske Bank money laundering scandal - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:32pm - Danske Bank's money laundering scandal spread on Friday to Britain where the National Crime Agency (NCA) said it is investigating the use of UK-registered companies.

'Groomed aged 13 by hundreds of men on Kik' - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:31pm - Within seconds of setting up a profile on the mobile messaging app, Taylor (not their real name) was approached.

Brexit protection? Farage-themed condoms a hit among UK eurosceptics - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:22pm - Nigel Farage, the former leader of Britain's UK Independence Party, has long had a knack for generating publicity for his eurosceptic cause, but campaigners say he had nothing to do with the latest stunt: branded condoms bearing his image.

Sparks fly from Canvey Island power lines in high winds - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:22pm - A fault in overhead cables sets off an unusual light show on a street in Essex.

Trump delays release of Russia probe documents - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said documents from the federal Russia probe would not immediately be released, just days after he ordered them to be made public, citing concerns by the U.S. Justice Department that doing so could harm the investigation.

DUP says it would veto any new UK-Northern Ireland barrier - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:08pm - The head of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party on Friday vowed to veto any attempt to introduce a new regulatory barrier between the region and the rest of the United Kingdom, and said the European Union's Brexit position was disgraceful.

Sterling slide cements FTSE rally while Just Eat wilts - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:04pm - A slide in sterling after a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May helped boost Britain's exporter-heavy FTSE 100 to a 2 1/2 week high, cementing a three-day rally driven by banks, miners and oil stocks as investors' fears of a trade war faded.

Kik chat app 'involved in 1,100 child abuse cases' - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:01pm - Police describe getting information from the messaging app as a "bureaucratic nightmare".

'Snapchat queen' Fatima Khan jailed for killing boyfriend - 21 Sep 2018 at 12:01pm - Fatima Khan, 21, filmed Khalid Safi as he lay dying in a pool of blood in west London.

Jeremy Corbyn defends Labour racism inquiry - 21 Sep 2018 at 11:46am - Jim Dempster is said to have told officials that no-one would have seen Scottish government minister Humza Yousaf "under his burka".

Major powers, except U.S., try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive - 21 Sep 2018 at 11:38am - Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November.

Man spared jail after driving at Manchester Airport parking official - 21 Sep 2018 at 11:16am - The judge says it was wrong to drive at an official, but the airport drop-off fees were a "disgrace".

Harry Uzoka death: Men jailed for rival model murder - 21 Sep 2018 at 10:51am - Harry Uzoka, 25, was stabbed in the heart by fellow model George Koh in a row over his girlfriend.

Pound falls after May's Brexit statement - 21 Sep 2018 at 10:31am - Sterling's slide deepens after the Prime Minister's comments renew fears of a no-deal Brexit.

Former X Factor contestant Chico suffers stroke - 21 Sep 2018 at 10:19am - The 47-year-old fell ill on the way back from performing a gig at the weekend.

Baby names: Hunter and Aurora join top 100 - 21 Sep 2018 at 10:18am - Oliver and Olivia are still the most popular names but there are "fascinating changes" in the list.

More than 60,000 bees found in roof of Cambridge hospital - 21 Sep 2018 at 9:04am - Experts say the colony was probably there for several years and took more than 12 hours to remove.