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No Brexit breakthrough coming at summit: EU’s Tusk

BRUSSELS: EU President Donald Tusk on Wednesday warned Britain not to expect any breakthrough in Brexit negotiations at a European summit this week, saying London needed to come up with more concrete proposals. Leaders of the other 27 EU members meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday are set to ...

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US wages fail to rise despite ‘widespread’ labor scarcity: Fed

WASHINGTON: Wages for American workers remain stubbornly low despite “widespread” labor shortages, according to a US Federal Reserve survey published Wednesday. Growth in the world’s largest economy also continued between September and early October at a pace “split between modest and moderate” while temporary disruptions from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma ...

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Haley pushes UN to follow tougher US stance on Iran

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to follow in the US footsteps and confront Iran over what she described as its “aggressive, destabilizing and unlawful behavior” in the Middle East. The council met for its monthly debate on the region just days after ...

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UN urges de-escalation after Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for de-escalation after Iraqi government forces pushed back Kurdish fighters from oil-rich Kirkuk province. In a unanimous statement, the council expressed concern and said all sides must “refrain from the threat and use of force, and to engage in constructive dialogue ...

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Imam hits debut ton in Pakistan series-clinching win

ABU DHABI: Young opener Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq, smashed a hundred on debut to guide his side to a seven-wicket win in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Seamer Hasan Ali became the quickest bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets for Pakistan as his 5-34 ...

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Second US judge orders freeze on Trump travel ban    

WASHINGTON: A second judge ordered a freeze on President Donald Trump’s newest travel ban order on Wednesday, saying it was essentially targeted at Muslims in violation of the US Constitution. Maryland federal judge Theodore Chuang said the ban affecting travelers from six majority-Muslim countries and North Korea, as well as ...

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Stocks, dollar, yields up as monetary policy in focus

NEW YORK: Wall Street hit new records on strong earnings and the dollar extended a winning streak on Wednesday, boosted by rising Treasury yields as investors focused on monetary policy. US Treasury yields hit years-long highs and the difference in yield between US 5-year and 30-year Treasuries fell to the ...

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RugbyU: Clermont’s Laidlaw ruled out for three months

PARIS: Clermont’s Scottish international scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will be sidelined for between 10 and 12 weeks after breaking his leg in Sunday’s European Champions Cup opener, the French club said Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who was hurt after coming off the bench in Clermont’s 26-21 win at Welsh side Ospreys, underwent ...

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