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  • BRUSSELS/ NAIROBI, Jan 17- Police on Wednesday searched the headquarters of Belgian company Semlex, which supplies passports to various African countries, and the home of its CEO, Albert Karaziwan. About a dozen officers arrived at Semlex's office in Brussels and at Karaziwan's house in the city early in the morning. Earlier this week, authorities in the Comoros...

  • STRASBOURG, Jan 17- EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker renewed an offer to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union and said he hoped that even if it goes through with Brexit it would apply to rejoin the bloc. Speaking to the European Parliament, where he had endorsed a statement on Tuesday by European Council President Donald Tusk that Britain...

  • LONDON, Jan 17- Sterling edged lower against the dollar on Wednesday after a rally as traders took profits and awaited the latest developments in negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union. The pound has in recent days reached its highest levels since the vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, with the better-than-expected economic...

  • Catalonia's new parliament has elected a pro-secession speaker, thus virtually guaranteeing the chamber's push for independence for Spain's northeastern region will continue. The two secessionist parties back the candidacy of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont who is a fugitive along with four other lawmakers in Brussels. Puigdemont would first...

  • LONDON, Jan 17- Sterling edged lower against the dollar on Wednesday after a rally as traders took profits and awaited the latest developments in negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union. The pound has in recent days reached its highest levels since the vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, with the better-than-expected economic...

  • BRUSSELS— European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday maintained the offer for Britain to remain in the EU even after both sides have entered the second phase of Brexit negotiations. Both sides came to a partial and tentative agreement last month on specific issues like the amount of money that Britain will have to pay upon its departure, and...

  • BARCELONA, Spain— Catalonia's new parliament on Wednesday elected a pro-secession speaker, virtually guaranteeing that the push for independence for Spain's northeastern region will continue as its lawmakers prepare to elect a new government. But he faces arrest if he returns to Spain and legal hurdles if he wants to be voted in from abroad by the regional...

  • MILAN, Jan 17- European car sales fell 4.8 percent in December from the same month a year ago due in part to one less working day, with sales at all major automakers except PSA Group and BMW contracting, industry data showed on Wednesday. Registrations fell to 1.14 million cars last month in the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries, Brussel-...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union's legislature is calling for a ban on electric pulse fishing, seen by some as a cruel way to kill fish. The trading bloc's parliament voted by a 402- to-232 margin with 40 abstentions on Tuesday. The Netherlands, which has several boats fishing for flatfish with the practice, said it was "incomprehensible" that the EU parliament would...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 16- EU regulators are searching for ways to increase recycling of plastic, as waste piles up in ports after China banned imports of "foreign garbage" from the start of 2018.. Announcing a new policy push on Tuesday, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said Brussels is mulling a tax, curbs on throw-away items like plastic bags, imposing...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 16- EU regulators are searching for ways to increase recycling of plastic, as waste piles up in ports after China banned imports of "foreign garbage" from the start of 2018.. Announcing a new policy push on Tuesday, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said Brussels is mulling a tax on plastic packaging, more curbs on throw-away items...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 16- The European Central Bank has "flaws" in its procedures for identifying and dealing with banks in crisis, European Union auditors said on Tuesday. The European Court of Auditors, a European Union agency, cast doubt on the ECB's supervision of the big banks in the euro zone and criticized the central bank's reluctance to disclose relevant...

  • BRUSSELS— The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union:. U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended a debunked claim that leaving the European Union will save Britain 350 million pounds a week. European Union chief Donald Tusk is urging Britain to change its mind about leaving the bloc next year and says the EU would welcome the country back.

  • BRUSSELS— European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday urged Britain to change its mind about leaving the bloc next year, as time to conclude a Brexit agreement runs short and EU leaders await more details on how the country sees their future ties. Britain is set to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but the complex negotiations on its costly departure and...

  • Police said an explosion has torn through three adjacent homes in Belgium's northern port town of Antwerp and injured up to 20 people.

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 15- European Union officials have proposed removing eight jurisdictions from the blacklist of tax havens the bloc adopted in December, in what critics may see as a blow to its campaign against tax avoidance. Panama, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Barbados, Grenada, Macao, Mongolia and Tunisia are the jurisdictions that EU officials have...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 15- European Union officials have proposed to remove eight jurisdictions from the bloc's blacklist of tax havens adopted in December and currently including 17 states, documents seen by Reuters said. Panama, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Barbados, Grenada, Macao, Mongolia and Tunisia are the eight jurisdictions that EU officials...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has set up an expert group to help identify fake news and propose ways to tackle the problem amid concern that false information is influencing elections. The European commissioner responsible for digital affairs, Mariya Gabriel, says that "fake news is spreading at a worrying rate. The team of experts, journalists and academics...

  • EDINBURGH, Jan 15- Scotland will suffer an 8.5 percent hit to the size of its economy by 2030 if Britain leaves the European Union with no trade deal, the Scottish regional government said as it upped its calls for Britain to stay in the EU's single market. Business investment in Scotland could fall by up to 10.2 percent, compared with continued membership of the EU,...

  • EDINBURGH, Jan 15- Scotland's economy will be 8.5 percent smaller by 2030 than it would otherwise be if Britain leaves the European Union with no trade agreement, the Scottish regional government said on Monday. Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is from the pro-independence Scottish National Party, campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU and now...