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Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants? In an attempt to make more organs available for transplant, ministers are proposing a radical change by moving to a system of “presumed consent”. Current rules in England mean those willing to donate their organs, should they die, sign up to a donor register. A consultation on the new system, which would see opting out of organ donation replacing opting in, starts on Tuesday. Wales has already adopted an approach of presumed consent. Scotland plans to introduce a similar scheme. Northern…

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Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, 27, was taken to a hospital after suffering burns from the explosive device, which was attached to his body with Velcro and zip tires and did not fully ignite, officials said. It was not clear whether…

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Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow

Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets (CBOE.O) launched the futures late on Sunday, marking the first time investors could get exposure to the bitcoin market via a large, regulated exchange. The one-month bitcoin contract <0#XBT:> opened at 6 p.m. local time…

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Russia's Putin: U.S. decision on Jerusalem is destabilising Middle East

Russia's Putin: U.S. decision on Jerusalem is destabilising Middle East ANKARA (Reuters) – Russia and Turkey agree that a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is destabilising the situation in the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday. Speaking in Ankara alongside Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Putin also said Russia hoped to sign credit agreements for the defence industry with Turkey in the near future. Reporting by Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt in Moscow and by Tulay Karadenis in Ankara; Editing by Andrew Osborn…

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PM May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

PM May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May hailed “a new sense of optimism” in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week “to move forwards together” to discuss future trade ties. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May meets the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov, at 10 Downing Street in London, December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville May, weakened after losing her Conservatives’ majority at a June election,…

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Britain urged Iran to release detained dual nationals, Johnson says

Britain urged Iran to release detained dual nationals, Johnson says LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday he urged Iran to release detained dual nationals during a visit to the Islamic Republic. Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville “I urged their release, on humanitarian grounds, where there is cause to do so,” Johnson told the British parliament. “These are complex cases involving individuals considered by Iran to be their…

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Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen – foreign ministry

Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen – foreign ministry BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran will treat a British-Iranian aid worker as an Iranian citizen and she will serve her sentence as determined by the judiciary, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday. A message board in support of freeing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is detained in Iran, is seen at a carol singing vigil for the families of British citizens detained overseas, outside Downing Street in London, Britain, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed…

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Labour could move Bank of England operations away from London

Labour could move Bank of England operations away from London (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party is considering moving parts of the Bank of England to Birmingham if it wins power at the next national election, saying the change is needed to reduce the economy’s reliance on London’s banking industry. A man walks past a reflection of the Bank of England in a window in the City of London, Britain, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay – RC1CC0BC98F0 Labour’s would-be finance minister John McDonnell said the BoE’s base in London had…

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Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out

Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered “a significant part” of Moscow’s military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done. Putin, who polls show will be re-elected comfortably in March, made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria – his first since Russia intervened in the conflict. He held talks with President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian forces. The first leg in a three-country one-day…

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UK government accepts MPs' demands for scrutiny of Brexit law changes

UK government accepts MPs' demands for scrutiny of Brexit law changes LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will grant lawmakers more oversight of the process of severing ties with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday. File photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May walks out of 10 Downing Street to greet Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, London, Britain December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay The concession, designed to head off a potential rebellion in parliament, will be incorporated into the EU withdrawal bill – the…

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