Britain can discuss but not seal trade deals while still in EU: executiveBritain can discuss but not seal bilateral trade deals while it remains a member of the European Union, the deputy head of the bloc's executive, which will lead the technical negotiations on Brexit, said on Tuesday. Frans Timmermans' words raised the prospect of obstacles and delays for Britain's plan to pursue trade pacts with the United States and other nations as it prepares to leave the bloc. "It's a very simple legal situation," said Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission.
EU-Canada trade deal clears big hurdle in EU parliament
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The trade agreement between the European Union and Canada has cleared a big hurdle in the EU's parliament when the trade committee backed the deal and prepared it for full ratification next month.
Trainspotting's Ewan McGregor snubs Piers Morgan over marchLONDON (AP) ? Actor Ewan McGregor was a last minute no-show on the Good Morning Britain television show because of a dispute with host Piers Morgan over recent women's marches.
UK Court ruling on Brexit will dampen investment: Germany's DIHKBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce said a UK Supreme Court ruling that the British government must get parliament's approval to start an exit from the bloc raised new questions about the way forward and would further dampen investment. "Now there is doubt about whether (British Prime Minister Theresa May) can hold her course. There are new question marks over the path to Brexit," said Volker Treier, the DIHK's head of foreign business. "That is unsettling German firms. As without clarity and predictability regarding Brexit, industry will hold back even more with investment. ...
Federer blitzes Zverev to set up Wawrinka Australian Open semi
Roger Federer stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with an overpowering straight-sets win over Germany's Mischa Zverev on Tuesday. The four-time champion extended his record for most Australian Open semi-final appearances to 13 with his victory. It will also be a record-stretching 41st Grand Slam semi-final for the Swiss legend.
Australia opens door to China in push to save TPP
Australia said Tuesday it was working to recast the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the United States and opened the door for China to sign up after President Donald Trump ditched the huge trade pact. The deal included a dozen Asia-Pacific nations which together account for 40 percent of the global economy, but Trump declared Monday he had "terminated" it in line with election pledges to scrap the "job killer" pact. Canberra is floating a "TPP 12 minus one", with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying his government was in "active discussions" with other signatories including Japan, New Zealand and Singapore on how to salvage the agreement.
Italy avalanche toll rises to 14 as search continues
The death toll in Italy's avalanche disaster rose to 14 Tuesday as rescuers extracted the bodies of two women from a devastated hotel and continued their search for 15 people still missing, local authorities said. Six other bodies were found between Monday afternoon and the early hours of Tuesday, the sixth day of what increasingly appears to be a forlorn search through the snow-covered wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano. Eleven staff and guests survived the disaster, two men who were outside when the avalanche struck on January 18 and nine people, including four children, who were found on Friday morning.
Russia, Turkey, Iran near deal over Syria truce efforts
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and John Irish ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia, Turkey and Iran on Tuesday were working on a statement to reaffirm a fragile ceasefire between Syrian warring parties that could agree to establishing a mechanism to observe its compliance and pave the way for a U.N.-led peace settlement. Delegations from the Syrian government and opposition were holding indirect talks for a second day in the Kazakh capital at a time when Turkey, which backs the rebels, and Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, each want to disentangle themselves from the fighting. Delegates from Russia, Turkey and Iran were wrangling over the terms of the final communique which would need to be approved - though not formally signed - by the government and opposition delegations.
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Under fire, Polanski abandons plan to preside French Oscars
PARIS (AP) ? Filmmaker Roman Polanski has abandoned plans to preside over the French equivalent of the Oscars, after protests from France's women's rights minister and feminist groups prompted by decades-old U.S. sex charges against him.