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Turkish court rules to keep U.S. consulate worker in jail: lawyer

A Turkish court ruled on Wednesday to keep U.S. consulate employee Metin Topuz in jail as his trial on espionage charges continues, a lawyer for Topuz said, meaning he will remain in detention until the next hearing in December.

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Explainer: What is the British opposition Labour Party’s position on Brexit?

Britain’s opposition Labour Party wants to do everything it can to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking the country out of the European Union without a deal next month, and will also reject any new deal he is able to strike with Brussels.

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Apple spars with EU as $14 billion Irish tax dispute drags on

Apple accused the European Commission of misunderstanding its business on day two of the iPhone maker’s appeal against a $14 billion tax order, in a dispute that is key to the EU’s drive to collect more taxes but which could also run for years.

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UK’s Corbyn promises EU referendum; does not say how he will campaign

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn promised on Wednesday that if he won power he would hold an in-out referendum on Brexit but repeatedly declined to say which way he would campaign.

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Next Israeli leader certain to face growing budget problems

Whoever emerges as Israel’s prime minister after Tuesday’s election will need to rein in a growing budget deficit quickly before it hits economic growth.

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Russia’s Putin, Saudi crown prince discuss attacks: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed weekend attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil infrastructure by phone with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday, the Kremlin said.

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Pompeo to discuss efforts versus Iran with Saudi crown prince

The U.S. Secretary of State will meet with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in Jeddah on Wednesday to discuss the attack on Aramco installations and coordinate efforts against “Iranian aggression”, the U.S. Mission to the United Arab Emirates said.

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Parliament suspension not a matter for judges, UK Supreme Court told

Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament is a political issue and not a matter for judges, a lawyer for the prime minister said on Wednesday as he sought to persuade the British Supreme Court that the five-week shutdown was lawful.

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France wants facts before commenting on Saudi attack – foreign ministry

France will not rush into commenting on who was behind an attack on Saudi oil installations, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

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Youth climate activists to join Sweden’s Thunberg in protest at U.S. Supreme Court

Seven young Americans who have sued the U.S. government for failing to take action on climate change will join Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on the steps of the Supreme Court on Wednesday to urge political leaders and lawmakers to support their legal fight and take action to phase out the use of fossil fuels.

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EU warns Britain heading for a no-deal Brexit

The European Union warned on Wednesday that Britain was headed for a damaging no-deal Brexit, with London’s ideas for solving the contentious issue of the Irish border still unlikely to unlock a deal just six weeks before Britain is due to leave.

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UK could challenge Brexit delay act in court – lawyer says he has heard

The British government could go to court to challenge an act brought by opposition lawmakers that forces it to ask for an extension to Brexit if it has not agreed a deal, a lawyer who has led an alternative challenge said.

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JPMorgan says UK unlikely to get a Brexit deal at October summit

U.S. investment bank JPMorgan said on Wednesday it was negative about the prospects of Prime Minister Boris Johnson striking a Brexit deal at the Oct. 17-18 EU summit.

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Israel’s Netanyahu left teetering after close election

Israel’s election was too close to call on Wednesday, with a partial vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz.

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Britain to investigate $5 billion U.S. takeover of defense firm Cobham

Britain will investigate the national security impact of the purchase of defense company Cobham by U.S. private equity firm Advent International, potentially delaying or even blocking the $5 billion deal.

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France’s Macron to meet Qatari emir in wake of Saudi oil attack

President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Thursday, the French presidency said.

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EU warns Britain it is heading for a no-deal Brexit

The European Union delivered a stark warning on Wednesday that Britain was headed for a damaging no-deal Brexit, with London’s ideas on replacing the contentious backstop to unlock an accord falling short just six weeks before Britain is due to leave.

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Iran’s Zarif rejects as ‘distraction’ U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks: ISNA

Iran dismissed U.S. accusations over weekend attacks of Saudi Arabia’s oil sites as a distraction from the realities in the Middle East, Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Wednesday.

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Saudi Arabia promises concrete proof Iran behind oil attack

Saudi Arabia said it would produce evidence on Wednesday linking regional rival Tehran to an unprecedented attack on its oil industry that Washington believes originated from Iran in a dangerous escalation of Middle East frictions.

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Iran seeks de-escalation but will give crushing response to any attack: security official

Iran wants to reduce tensions in the Middle East after attacks on oil sites in Saudi Arabia, but any aggression will meet a crushing response, a senior security official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

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Saudi crown prince requests help from South Korea to strengthen air defenses: Yonhap

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has requested help from South Korea to strengthen the country’s air defense system after attacks on two oil plants initially halved the country’s oil production, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.

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Iran tells U.S.: Response to any attack ‘won’t be limited to its source’

Iran’s retaliation to any military attack will not be “limited to its source,” Tehran said in an official note to Washington, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

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JPMorgan says UK PM Johnson unlikely to get a Brexit deal at October summit

U.S. investment bank JPMorgan said on Wednesday it was negative about the prospects of Prime Minister Boris Johnson striking a Brexit deal at the Oct. 17-18 EU summit.

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No deal Brexit ‘a big significant risk’: Scotland’s Sturgeon

There is still a big risk of Britain crashing out of the European Union without reaching a deal with the bloc, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday.

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EU should only agree to Brexit extension if London has a plan: BDI

The European Union should not agree to another Brexit extension unless Britain underpins such a request with a proposal on how to unlock a domestic deadlock and avoid a no-deal Brexit, Germany’s powerful BDI industry association said on Wednesday.