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  • LONDON, Feb 9- A planned British law to give spies and the police wide-ranging new surveillance powers is rushed, does not do enough to protect people's privacy and requires major change, a powerful committee of lawmakers said on Tuesday. The bill was unveiled in November after police and intelligence agencies warned they had fallen behind those they were...

  • Prime Minister David Cameron could reach a deal over Britain's ties with the European Union at a summit later this month, paving the way for a public vote on membership of the bloc as soon as June. Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin said he did not think a June referendum would derail the current timetable for deciding on expanding either Heathrow, Britain's...

  • *India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks. *British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014..

  • LONDON, Feb 8- For all that some investors fear Britain leaving the European Union, holders of government debt have barely blinked, with prices near a three-year high last week and foreign investors making record purchases. By pushing a rise in Bank of England interest rates further into the distance,' Brexit' could be a short-term boost for holders of much of...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- U.S. and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media companies in each others' countries for email and online chat data for people being investigated, under a tentative bilateral deal, officials said on Friday. First reported by The Washington Post, the talks were focused on letting UK agencies, such as...

  • London's bid to win exemption from the European Union goal of "ever closer union," preserve its financial sector from regulation by the euro zone and curb access to in-work benefits for EU migrant workers won backing from Poland as the meeting of national negotiators- or sherpas- began in Brussels. The powerful leader of Warsaw's new ruling party, Jaroslaw...

  • *BoE to release quarterly forecast update at 1200 GMT. LONDON, Feb 4- The Bank of England is expected to show on Thursday that interest rates are back on hold while it waits for signs of turnarounds in the slowing global economy and fading British wage growth. But that was before financial markets went into their latest tailspin over China's slowing economy, oil...

  • *Euro zone final Jan composite PMI 53.6. *China services growth partially offsets factory weakness. LONDON, Feb 3- The private sector began 2016 on a slightly weak note around the world, and with scant signs of inflation picking up, pressure will remain on central banks to keep or even ease their already ultra-loose monetary policies, surveys showed on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Sterling touched a three-week high on Tuesday after the outline of a proposed EU deal said Britain does not have to integrate further politically with the rest of the European Union if it wants to stay in. The pound rose to as high as $1.4447 after the draft proposals were published, up from $1.4380 immediately beforehand, and its strongest since Feb....

  • BRUSSELS— Will the EU's offer be enough to keep Britain in the European Union? The proposals contain no changes to the EU's governing treaties, but Britain does win some concessions, notably a green light to limit benefits for migrants. The plan provides for a special "emergency brake" that Britain could use exceptionally when too many workers are coming in— and the...

  • BERLIN— Germany is mulling taking away benefits from asylum-seekers if they refuse to try to learn the language and integrate; Denmark has just approved a measure to let police seize valuables from migrants to help cover their housing and food costs; and an Austrian province this week is expected to more than halve payments to many refugees.

  • Hungary's foreign minister says he hasn't yet seen European Council President Donald Tusk's proposal aimed at keeping Britain in the EU, but that in principle Hungary would always accept efforts by another country to stop abuses of its social benefits system. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said last month during a visit by British Prime Minister...

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron, who hopes to secure an agreement that will convince a skeptical public to remain part of the EU, said the new plans show "real progress" in his bid to give Britain more control over its affairs. "I think we will be able to show— if we can secure what's in this document, finish off the details and improve it still further— that on balance...

  • ROME, Feb 2- British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was encouraged by the progress of negotiations with the European Union but cautioned that the proposals will probably need further work to be crafted into a deal at an EU summit later this month. Speaking just hours before the head of the European Council was to present "new settlement" proposals aimed...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 1- The head of the European Central Bank called for a solution to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union, saying that such an agreement alongside tighter integration of the euro zone would bolster confidence. Mario Draghi made the comments to the European Parliament as British Prime Minister David Cameron sought reforms of the bloc ahead...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 2:03 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. BERLIN— Germany's Federal Labor Agency releases January unemployment figures for Europe's biggest...

  • *James Murdoch returns as chairman of European pay-TV group. LONDON, Jan 29- James Murdoch is to return as chairman of Sky four years after a phone-hacking scandal forced him out, potentially taking the Murdoch family a step closer to full ownership of the European pay-TV group. His appointment, seven months after becoming chief executive of Fox, follows Rebekah...

  • A so-called Brexit would threaten the future of the London- based European Medicines Agency, which approves medicines for all EU countries, potentially disrupting healthcare regulation in the world's biggest trading bloc. With a full-time staff of more than 600, the EMA is the largest EU body in Britain- which is also home to the European Banking Authority- and...

  • Whisky maker Diageo toasts Britain's EU membership Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 10:29 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 28- Diageo, the world's largest maker of Scotch whisky, supports Britain staying in the European Union but its chief executive said he sees no dramatic immediate effect on its business from a possible "Brexit". "We think it's very important for this country and for Scotch whisky," Menezes said, calling Scotch the "largest and most successful" food and drink...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 28- The European Union is offering Britain a new "emergency brake" rule that could help curb immigration from other EU states in a reform package before a British referendum on EU membership, sources close to the negotiations told Reuters on Thursday. Cameron will discuss the proposal in Brussels on Friday with European Commission President...