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World in Focus: Sputnik’s Daily Current Affairs Program | 02/02/17

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Thursday: The UK Parliament took the biggest step yet since last year’s Brexit vote, as it passed the bill allowing the Prime Minister to begin the process of taking Britain out of the European Union; and the US military admits to “likely” civilian deaths in Yemen at the weekend.

The British Parliament has taken its biggest step yet — since the Brexit vote last June — towards leaving the European Union.  The house of commons voted four hundred and ninety eight, to one hundred and fourteen in favor of the so-called Brexit bill, which will give the Prime Minister Theresa May the authority to invoke Article fifty, and begin the process of leaving the EU.

The US military's Central Command has admitted that civilians were "likely" killed in a US commando raid in Yemen over the weekend. It’s believed children may have been among the dead in what was the first mission sanctioned by President Donald Trump.

Tensions between China and the United States are continuing to simmer amid increasingly angry statements issued by both sides. But will China’s vast financial and economic leverage over the US be enough for both sides to avoid a devastating trade war that would leave neither as winners?

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