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UK government begins legal fight against ruling that could derail Brexit | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

UK government begins legal fight against ruling that could derail Brexit | Reuters

By Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon | LONDON LONDON The British government launched a Supreme Court battle on Monday over who has the power to trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union, seeking to overturn a legal ruling that could derail its Brexit strategy.As the hearing began, EU backers in judges' robes and wigs rode a double decker bus past the court, along with a van emblazoned with the slogan "The Brexiteers have failed us all".A small number of rival Brexit supporters waved placards saying "This is an establishment stitch-up".The government appealed to the country's highest judicial body after the High Court ruled last month that ministers could not trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin two years of Brexit talks without lawmakers' assent.If the Supreme Court upholds the earlier ruling, that could disrupt Prime Minister Theresa May's planned timetable for invoking Article 50 by the end of March and give lawmakers opportunities to water down the government's EU exit policies.With passions running high in Britain after voters opted to leave the EU by 52 to 48 percent in a June referendum, some politicians and newspapers have portrayed the legal battle as an attempt by establishment judges to thwart the popular will.The government's top lawyer told the Supreme Court that the earlier legal ruling was wrong, arguing that parliament had accepted ahead of the referendum that the government would use executive "prerogative" powers where it acted on behalf of the monarch to implement its result. "The triggering of Article 50, we say, will not be an exercise of prerogative power on a whim or out of a clear blue sky," said Attorney General Jeremy Wright, adding prerogative authority was not an "ancient relic but a contemporary necessity". #corrections #facebook #follow #follow-reuters #reuters-info-channel #Thomson Reuters
Europe suffers Italian blow but bigger tests loom | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

Europe suffers Italian blow but bigger tests loom | Reuters

By Noah Barkin | BERLIN BERLIN The resounding "no" from Italian voters to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's referendum on constitutional reform was not a rejection of the European Union and its single currency, as jubilant populists from across the bloc claimed on Monday.But the vote, which pushes Renzi out of office, does represent a significant setback for Europe at a time when its leaders are scrambling to mount a credible response to Brexit, the election of Donald Trump in the United States and their stubborn economic woes at home.In one fell swoop, it adds another country to the list of EU members that are likely to be pre-occupied by domestic politics in 2017, a year in which the Dutch, French, Germans, and possibly the British, will go to the polls.And it sends a warning to other European reformers like Francois Fillon, the conservative frontrunner for the French presidency, who has promised no less than five referendums to push through his domestic agenda if he is elected next spring.More immediately, despite the relatively calm reaction of financial markets on Monday, the vote will deepen concerns about Italy's under-funded banking sector and the economic prospects of the euro zone's third biggest member state.That, in turn, could complicate the calculus for the European Central Bank, which meets on Thursday to decide on the future of its controversial bond purchase programme."This won't push Italy back into crisis for now," said Marcel Fratzscher, head of the DIW economic institute in Berlin and a former top official at the European Central Bank."But it means lost time for a country that faces huge problems with its banks, its enormous public debt levels and high unemployment. There is a significant danger that the reform course will now slow."BREXIT PARALLEL Renzi, seen by his European partners as an anchor of stability in a country where political upheaval has been the norm for decades, won just over 40 percent of the vote in the referendum, a far worse result than polls had predicted.His defeat comes only days after deeply unpopular French President Francois Hollande, also a leftist, bowed to political realities and announced he would not seek a second term.Renzi's departure could lead to early elections in Italy next year. It increases the risks of the anti-euro 5-Star Movement gaining power, although the prospect of that remains slim.After the Brexit vote went bad for David Cameron in June, it is the second time in half a year that the leader of a major EU member state tied his future to a referendum and lost, a development that was seized upon by the region's anti-EU firebrands."The Italians rejected Renzi and the EU," Marine Le Pen of France's far-right National Front said on Twitter #Business #Europe #India #italian #Italy #markets #Middle East
ISL 2016: Past pedigree makes way for fresh ideas as giants fall by the wayside

Dec 5, 2016

ISL 2016: Past pedigree makes way for fresh ideas as giants fall by the wayside

FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC finished at the bottom of the Indian Super League despite retaining successful coaches from the previous editions, while all four teams who have qualified for the semi-finals had new coaches at the helm. #Alexandre Guimaraes #Antonio Habas #Atletico de Kolkata #Chennaiyin FC #Delhi Dynamos #FC Goa #Gianluca Zambrotta #Indian Super League #ISL 2016 #Jose Molina #Kerala Blasters #Marco Materazzi #Mumbai City FC #Steve Coppell #Zico
Uzbekistan PM wins presidential vote panned by Western monitors | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

Uzbekistan PM wins presidential vote panned by Western monitors | Reuters

TASHKENT Shavkat Mirziyoyev, long-serving prime minister of Uzbekistan, has become its second president, winning 88.61 percent of the vote in an election on Sunday criticised by Western observers."This shows that we are going along the path outlined by the late president (Islam Karimov)," Mirziyoyev told thousands of supporters at a rally.Mirziyoyev, 59, was prime minister from 2003 under Karimov, who died of a stroke in September having run Central Asia's most populous nation with an iron fist for 27 years.He is expected to step down as prime minister but it is unclear when, as there is no precedent for such a transition in the former Soviet republic, which became an independent state in 1991. The landslide victory by Mirziyoyev had been widely expected. He swiftly emerged as the likely successor to Karimov and was appointed interim president when the senate speaker, given the role by constitution, gave it up in Mirziyoyev's favour.Diplomatic and business sources say Mirziyoyev secured support for his presidential bid from Uzbekistan's powerful informal clans by agreeing to share power with two other political heavyweights, Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov and security chief Rustam Inoyatov.The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for the first time deployed a full-scale election observation mission in Uzbekistan #corrections #follow #follow-reuters #newsletters #reuters-info-channel #reuters-news #Thomson Reuters
After hesitation, Carson accepts Trump's offer to head U.S. housing department | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

After hesitation, Carson accepts Trump's offer to head U.S. housing department | Reuters

By Doina Chiacu and Diane Bartz | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a rival-turned-supporter of Donald Trump, overcame his stated qualms about a lack of government experience on Monday to accept the president-elect's nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Carson, a popular writer and speaker in conservative circles, has been a close adviser to Trump since dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary contest.He is the first African-American picked for a Cabinet spot as Trump fills out his administration before his inauguration on Jan. 20. The position requires confirmation by the U.S. #adchoices #follow #newsletters #reuters-news #twitter-follow
OPEC sees robust oil demand growth even if prices rise | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

OPEC sees robust oil demand growth even if prices rise | Reuters

By Promit Mukherjee and Sudarshan Varadhan | NEW DELHI NEW DELHI The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries expects oil demand in 2017 to be as robust as this year, the group's secretary general told an energy conference on Monday, though recently agreed production cuts could raise prices for buyers.Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, briefing reporters on the sidelines of India's Petrotech energy conference, said Asia would have a big role to play in the demand growth and that there was plenty of room for OPEC and non-OPEC countries to grow in the global oil market.OPEC last week agreed its first oil output cuts since 2008, looking to reduce production by around 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) beginning in January to try to reduce global oversupply and prop up prices. #adchoices #follow #reuters-news #reuters-news-agency #Thomson Reuters
MH370 families urge residents of African coast to join debris search | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

MH370 families urge residents of African coast to join debris search | Reuters

By Aislinn Laing | ANTANANARIVO ANTANANARIVO People whose loved ones disappeared on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have appealed to residents on the east African coast to search for plane debris and hand in anything they find to the authorities.Ghislain Wattrelos, who lost his wife and two teenage children on the plane, said more debris could help determine what happened, more than 1,000 days after the flight disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.“It can tell us is there was a fire, if there are traces of explosive,” Wattrelos told a news conference in Antananarivo, the capital of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar where some debris has washed up."The more debris we have, the more we can recreate, looking at the wind and currents, where the plane crashed.”Families have accused Malaysian-led investigators of focusing too much on the deep-sea search for wreckage off the coast of Australia. #facebook #follow-reuters #reuters-news #reuters-news-agency #Thomson Reuters #twitter-follow
Account of Syrian girl who tweeted about Aleppo disappears online | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

Account of Syrian girl who tweeted about Aleppo disappears online | Reuters

LONDON The Twitter account of a seven-year-old Syrian girl, who garnered followers worldwide with her updates from Aleppo, has become inactive on the micro-blogging site as government forces advance into the city's rebel-controlled areas.Bana Alabed, whose @AlabedBana account was managed by her mother Fatemah, had close to 200,000 followers since joining the social media site in September. She posted pictures and videos of life during the nearly six-year conflict.Last week, Fatemah posted tweets, including a picture of Bana covered in dust, describing the bombardment of their house as government forces advanced on the eastern rebel-held parts of the city. She later told Reuters the family were staying with neighbours while they looked for another house.On Sunday, she told her followers in a tweet: "We are sure the army is capturing us now. #corrections #facebook #follow-reuters #newsletters #reuters-news #Thomson Reuters #twitter-follow
Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat | Reuters

Dec 5, 2016

Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat | Reuters

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | OSLO OSLO Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years.But now it is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists and to which a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and freak natural swings may all be contributing."There are some really crazy things going on," said Mark Serreze, director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, saying temperatures in parts of the Arctic were 20 degrees Celsius (36°F) above normal some days in November.Worldwide, this year is on track to be the warmest on record.Combined, the extent of polar sea ice on Dec. 4 was about 3.84 million square kilometers (1.48 million square miles) below the 1981-2010 average, according to NSIDC satellite measurements #adchoices #facebook #newsletters #reuters-news #reuters-news-agency #Thomson Reuters