British economy defies fears of immediate Brexit growth hit
By William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economic growth slowed only slightly in the three months after the Brexit vote, official data showed on Thursday defying warnings of a heavy hit and further diminishing the likelihood of the Bank of England cutting rates next week. The economy grew by 0.5 percent in the July-September period, less rapid than the unusually strong growth of 0.7 percent seen in the second quarter but comfortably above a median forecast of 0.3 percent in a Reuters poll of economists. Britain's dominant services industries provided all the growth, helped by a boom in the film and television sector as the latest releases in the Jason Bourne and Star Trek series hit the screens along with other blockbusters.
Pakistan bans protest and rallies in Islamabad for 2 months
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? The Pakistani government on Thursday banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned opposition march against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Nov. 2.
British economy grows more than expected after Brexit vote
Britain's economy grew faster than expected in the three months after its vote to leave the European Union despite concern that uncertainty would weigh on business activity. The Office of National Statistics ...
US general says 800-900 IS fighters killed in Mosul offensive
A US general told AFP on Thursday that between 800 and 900 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since the Iraqi-led operation to recapture Mosul from the jihadists began. "Just in the operations over the last week and a half associated with Mosul, we estimate they've probably killed about 800-900 Islamic State fighters," General Joseph Votel, who heads the US military's Central Command, said in an interview with AFP, speaking from an undisclosed location. Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters are pushing toward Mosul along several axes and have made relatively quick progress as they approach Mosul, Iraq's second city.
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Nigerian union says oil firms sack 3,000 workers, asks government to step in
Oil firms operating in Nigeria have sacked about 3,000 workers, a labour union official said on Wednesday, calling on the government to file a protest with foreign oil operators. "The government should call the multinationals to order. "So we want government to act.
Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1
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Cubs rout Indians, return home level in World Series
The Chicago Cubs are coming home with a chance to win their first World Series crown since 1908 in front of their devoted but long-suffering supporters. Jake Arrieta threw five hitless innings and the Cubs captured their first World Series triumph since 1945 by routing the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to level Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship showdown at one win each. The Cubs are trying to end the longest title drought in American sports history and could do it in Chicago starting Friday by sweeping the next three games at iconic 102-year-old Wrigley Field.