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By Stephen Adler and Elizabeth Piper DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Finance minister Philip Hammond warned the European Union on Thursday that Britain would be forced to find different ways to remain competitive if there was no "comprehensive trading relationship" after Brexit. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Hammond stuck closely to the government's script that Britain wants to explore ways with the EU to ensure that decades of close ties are not broken, saying with goodwill, anything was possible.
Iran says 30 firefighters killed in collapse of high-rise
Hammond: UK's budget stance is "steady as she goes"British Chancellor Philip Hammond said on Thursday he saw no case right now for using some of the room he reserved last year for the government to borrow more, ahead of his annual budget on March 8. Britain's economy has exceeded the expectations of most forecasters following the shock of June's vote to leave the European Union, although economists polled by Reuters think a slowdown is likely this year. In November, Hammond announced new budget rules to cut the budget deficit, once adjusted for swings in the economy, to below 2 percent of gross domestic product by the end of the decade - a goal which Britain's official budget forecasters said he was likely to be meet with room to spare.
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Iran's state-run Press TV says 30 firefighters have been killed when high-rise on fire collapsed in TehranTEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? Iran's state-run Press TV says 30 firefighters have been killed when high-rise on fire collapsed in Tehran.
W.African forces poised for Gambia intervention as leader's mandate ends
By Tim Cocks BANJUL (Reuters) - West African troops were poised to intervene in Gambia on Thursday after President Yahya Jammeh's mandate expired and overnight talks to convince him to stand down failed. Senegal has deployed hundreds of soldiers to its shared border with Gambia and Nigeria has pre-positioned war planes and helicopters after regional bloc ECOWAS said it would remove Jammeh if he did not hand over power to challenger Adama Barrow, who won an election in early December. Gambia's capital, Banjul, was quiet overnight and on Thursday morning as military helicopters flew overhead and police trucks patrolled largely empty streets.
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