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Supreme Court hearing final arguments in Brexit battle

Richard Gordon QC, for the Welsh Government, told the justices constitutional issues were at stake that 'go far beyond Brexit'.

The Supreme Court has continued to hear more arguments over the right to trigger Brexit as the landmark legal battle reaches its fourth and final day.

Scotland's most senior law officer Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC continued his submission that Scotland was entitled to a "voice" before Richard Gordon QC, for the Welsh Government, addressed the 11 justices.

The hearing at the UK's highest court follows a High Court ruling in November that the Prime Minister lacked legal power to use the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 to begin Britain's EU withdrawal.

The Supreme Court proceedings will finish later though a ruling will not be given until the new year.

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Nearly 150 people evacuated from Aleppo hospital

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Nearly 150 people who are disabled or in need of urgent care were evacuated from hospital in Aleppo Old City overnight, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

Eleven dead were also taken from the hospital.

Those evacuated in the joint operation between the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were said to be "trapped in the area for days" following heavy nearby clashes.

A doctor involved in the evacuation said there was "much suffering" and people have had "no access to food or basics for almost a week".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hamburg on Thursday after the two men held talks on Wednesday.

Yesterday the Kremlin said a potential US-Russia deal to allow Syrian rebels to safely leave Aleppo was still on the agenda.

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