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British GSK exec 'will not face jail time in China'

Mark Reilly, the former China head of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, will be deported from China and will not face jail time in the country, Reuters has reported citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

"Reilly will be deported so he won't be in detention in China," said the source with knowledge of the matter who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the case. ?


Position of UK's leading cities 'untenable' after vote

The static positions of the UK's main cities as "economic powerhouses" have become "ever more untenable" with the commitment to greater devolution across the union, the chair of Greater Manchester Combined Authority has said.

Lord Peter Smith welcomed the Prime Minister's commitment to empower leading cities and said he looked forward to discussions on how it can be achieved as he made the case for change.

Greater Manchester has a bigger economy than Wales or Northern Ireland, and a population of almost three million, yet we have considerably less freedom over our funding and spending priorities.

As more and more powers and flexibilities are devolved to other parts of the union, the position of major English economic powerhouses such as Greater Manchester becomes ever more untenable.

– Lord Peter Smith

Lord Smith said Greater Manchester has "the experience and capability to move quickly" and bring an end to a "one size fits all" approach from Westminster and Whitehall.

He's got the iPhone 6, now it's time for a selfie

Sam Sheikh (left) and Jameel Ahmed are the first iPhone 6 customers at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The first person to buy a new iPhone 6 in London said his first priority with the new phone would be taking a selfie.

Jameel Ahmed, 26, and his friend Sam Sheikh, 27, were the first two technology fans through the doors of the Apple store in Covent Garden to buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

Mr Ahmed said he was "really excited", adding: "I'd like to open it and take my selfie. It's a challenge with my friends that I'll have the iPhone first."

The iPhone 6, with a 4.7 inch screen, and the 6 Plus with 5.5 inch display, went on sale in nine countries and the UK today.

EE said that customers who pre-ordered handsets through Phones 4u, which went bust on Sunday, would still be able to get them in its stores if they had their receipts.

EC President: Scotland 'No' vote good for Europe

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has welcomed Scotland's rejection of independence as positive for Europe.

Barroso said Scots had shown a commitment to the EU throughout the referendum build-up. Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA

"I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom," Barroso said. "This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for."

In a remark apparently aimed at calls in Britain, especially in England, for a break with the EU, he added: "The European Commission welcomes the fact that during the debate over the past years, the Scottish government and the Scottish people have repeatedly reaffirmed their European commitment.

"The European Commission will continue to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Scottish government, in areas under its responsibility, that are important to Scotland's future, including jobs and growth, energy, climate change and the environment, and smarter regulation."

Labour to unveil devolution plans 'in coming days'

Labour leader Ed Miliband says his party will lay out proposals for further devolution across the UK in the "coming days".

He said the party already had plans for devolution in England but added "we want to go further".

He appeared to dismiss calls for an English parliament, saying: "I don't think that has actually been proposed but we will look at any proposals the Prime Minister comes forward with."


GSK 'will learn from' China bribery investigation

GlaxoSmithKline said a bribery case in China had been a "deeply disappointing matter" after a number of company executives were jailed and the firm was fined £297 million.

GSK said in a statement on their website that the activities by the firm's China unit were a "clear breach" of GSK's governance and compliance procedures.

GSK Chief Executive Officer Sir Andrew Witty said:

Reaching a conclusion in the investigation of our Chinese business is important, but this has been a deeply disappointing matter for GSK. We have and will continue to learn from this.

GSK has been in China for close to a hundred years and we remain fully committed to the country and its people. We will continue to expand access to innovative medicines and vaccines to improve their health and well-being.

We will also continue to invest directly in the country to support the government's health care reform agenda and long-term plans for economic growth.

– Sir Andrew Witty

First ministers to discuss impact of Scottish vote

The first minsters of Northern Ireland and Wales will discuss the implications of the Scottish vote on devolution after Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed powers would be reviewed across the rest of the UK.

A spokesperson for the Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson confirmed he will phone his Welsh counterpart Carywn Jones later today.

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