Scotland's Sturgeon raises independence spectre after court ruling
By Elisabeth O'Leary EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Nicola Sturgeon raised the spectre of another Scottish independence referendum after Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the devolved assembly in Edinburgh did not need to be consulted on triggering Brexit. "This raises fundamental issues above and beyond that of EU membership," the Scottish First Minister said. "Is Scotland content for our future to be dictated by an increasingly right-wing Westminster government with just one MP (lawmaker) here," she asked.
Syrian government negotiator calls Astana talks a successASTANA (Reuters) - The Syrian government delegation views the Astana talks as a "success", chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari said on Tuesday, expressing support for a joint statement by Iran, Turkey and Russia. "Finally we have a consensual paper agreed upon by everybody," he told reporters, referring to the joint statement. (Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by John Stonestreet)
China's Alibaba quarterly revenue surges 54% to $7.7 bn
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Tuesday its revenues leapt 54 percent year-on-year for the quarter ended in December, spurred by rapid growth in Chinese online shopping. Revenue for the company, seen as a benchmark for China's increasingly crucial consumer sector, reached 53.25 billion yuan ($7.7 billion) in the quarter, it said in a statement. The result "demonstrates the strength of the Chinese consumer and Alibaba?s ability to create value across our vast ecosystem", said Daniel Zhang, chief executive officer of Alibaba Group.
Factbox: Reaction to UK Supreme Court ruling parliament must approve triggering BrexitPrime Minister Theresa May must get parliament's approval before she begins Britain's formal exit from the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The UK's highest judicial body dismissed the government's argument that May could simply use executive powers known as "royal prerogative" to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty and begin two years of divorce talks. Below is some reaction to the judgment: SPOKESMAN FOR BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY: "The British people voted to leave the EU, and the government will deliver on their verdict ? triggering Article 50, as planned, by the end of March.
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Scotland's Sturgeon raises independence specter after court rulingBy Elisabeth O'Leary EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Nicola Sturgeon raised the specter of another Scottish independence referendum after Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the devolved assembly in Edinburgh did not need to be consulted on triggering Brexit. "This raises fundamental issues above and beyond that of EU membership," the Scottish First Minister said. "Is Scotland content for our future to be dictated by an increasingly right-wing Westminster government with just one MP (lawmaker) here," she asked.
Syrian aid conference appeals for $8 billion in aid
HELSINKI (AP) ? As talks between Syrian factions and the government concluded in Kazakhstan, U.N. agencies and non-governmental groups at an aid conference in Finland appealed Tuesday for more than $8 billion in funding to help millions of displaced people inside Syria and those who have fled the conflict to neighboring countries.
UK parliament must approve start of Brexit talks: Supreme Court
The British government must win parliament's approval before starting talks to leave the EU, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, in a landmark judgement that also said regional lawmakers had no say. While the ruling is a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, the government insisted it would do "nothing" to change the timetable for triggering Article 50 -- the formal procedure for leaving the EU -- by the end of March at the latest.
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Germany arrests 2 brothers suspected of extremismBERLIN (AP) ? German authorities have arrested two German-Moroccan brothers suspected of being members of the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front extremist groups.