'Wake up', Macron will tell Europe in major pre-Brexit speech: sources
PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron will describe Brexit as a wake-up call in a speech this month in which he will outline how Europe must be more assertive in the face of rival world powers, sources close to the French president said.
UPDATE 1-Ukraine seeks more EU aid for south, east regions as elections near
BRUSSELS, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Ukraine's foreign minister asked the European Union on Monday for hundreds of millions of euros in loans and aid for infrastructure and businesses in its troubled east and south, regions he said Russia was trying to "suffocate."
Motor racing-Mercedes F1 team fear disorderly Brexit could help Ferrari
BARCELONA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Brexit is a major concern for Formula One world champions Mercedes who fear the 'mother of all messes' could cause massive damage to Britain's motorsport industry while also helping rivals Ferrari, team boss Toto Wolff said on Monday.
Gibraltar cautions Spain over "quixotic" incursion by warship
LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Gibraltar's leader on Monday said an incursion into British waters by a Spanish warship at the weekend was a quixotic attempt at intimidation but that the people of Gibraltar would stand up to bullies both before and after Brexit on March 29.
Honda to close UK car plant with the loss of 3,500 jobs
LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Honda is set to announce the closure of its only British car plant in 2022 with the loss of 3,500 jobs, a lawmaker told Reuters, in the latest blow to the UK car industry as Brexit approaches.
UPDATE 4-Honda to close UK car plant with the loss of 3,500 jobs
LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Honda is set to announce the closure of its only British car plant in 2022 with the loss of 3,500 jobs, a lawmaker told Reuters, in the latest blow to the UK car industry as Brexit approaches.
Saudi visit highlights Pakistan' search for investment
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The lavish welcome for visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Islamabad this weekend could hardly have made more clear Pakistan's dependence on foreign investments to prop up its stumbling economy and plug its depleted reserves.
Japan keen to do post-Brexit trade deal quickly: UK trade minister Fox
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - British trade minister Liam Fox said on Monday that Japan was keen to agree a post-Brexit trade deal and believed it could be done "quite quickly".
Anglican Church slammed for excluding same-sex spouses from 2020 conference
LONDON, Feb 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leading gay Christians have accused the Anglican Church of hypocrisy following its decision to ban same-sex spouses from attending the church's 2020 global conference.
Lawmakers ask 'Big Four' auditors for client dining details
LONDON (Reuters) - The "Big Four" accounting firms in Britain have been asked by lawmakers to say how much they have spent on wining and dining clients and to demonstrate a link between the pay of their partners and the quality of their audits.
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