UK says there are no plans to alter Calais border agreement
The Le Touquet agreement which allows British officials to check passports in France and vice versa is working and there are no plans to change it, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Friday. The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that France's Alain Juppe, who is on course to win the centre-right's presidential ticket and favourite to win power in next year's national election, said he would seek to overturn the treaty, which effectively pushes the British frontier to Calais in northern France.
British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B dealLONDON (AP) ? British American Tobacco offered Friday to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion cash-and-stock deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and bring together brands like Camel, Dunhill, and Newport.
Dollar hits seven-month high, global stocks set for weekly rise
Global stocks were set for their first weekly gain in four weeks on Friday and the dollar rose to its highest since March, as the euro came under pressure after the European Central Bank shot down talk of tapering its easy money stance. The euro hit its lowest against the dollar since March after the ECB left its ultra-loose policy unchanged on Thursday but kept the door open to more stimulus in December. ECB President Mario Draghi also doused recent market speculation that the central bank had discussed winding down its 1.7 trillion euro asset-buying programme.
Jailed Ukrainian filmmaker 'staying' in RussiaMOSCOW (AP) ? Ukraine says Russia is refusing to hand over jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit terror attacks by a Russian military court in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Socialists' meeting could end Spain's 10-month govt impasseMADRID (AP) ? Spain's Socialist party is preparing for a crucial weekend meeting that could help end the country's near 10-month political impasse by allowing the rival conservative Popular Party to form a minority government.
France's Le Pen: could she win?
From Brexit to the rise of Donald Trump, 2016 has been a humbling year for political forecasters. In France, could they be wrong again in writing off the far-right's prospects in next year's presidential election? Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's National Front, certainly thinks so.
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Court: Iraqi cleric Mullah Krekar can be extradited to ItalyCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ? An Iraqi-born cleric can be extradited to Italy, which suspects him of enticing recruits to fight in Iraq and Syria, a Norwegian court said Friday.
Professors strike for 3rd day at 14 state universities
Medical evacuations from east Aleppo delayed over insecurity: UN
Medical evacuations planned in east Aleppo for Friday have been delayed, the UN said, after warring parties in the devastated Syrian city failed to give necessary security assurances. "Medical evacuations of sick and injured could unfortunately not begin this morning as planned because the necessary conditions were not in place," said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the United Nations humanitarian office. The head of the UN's humanitarian taskforce for Syria, Jan Egeland, said Thursday that all the "green lights" needed to start medical evacuations on Friday had been given, including from the rebels that control east Aleppo, Syria's government and its key backer Russia.