By David Milliken and Paul Sandle LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - British industrial output suffered its biggest monthly drop in more than four years in October after the temporary shutdown of a major oilfield, while factory output also sagged, official figures showed on Wednesday. While oil production is likely to bounce back once the North Sea field completes routine maintenance, the weak performance from manufacturers may raise doubts about how much of a boost they are getting from the big fall in sterling since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June. Figures for October showed industrial output fell 1.3 percent month-on-month after a 0.4 percent decline in September, the ONS said on Wednesday, bucking economists' predictions in a Reuters poll for it to rise by 0.2 percent.
Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called for an immediate five-day ceasefire, negotiations about the future of the city and for medical and civilian evacuations, in a humanitarian plan published on Wednesday. A Turkey-based rebel official told Reuters the plan had been sent to international parties which had yet to respond. The "humanitarian initiative" document signed in the name of the Aleppo Leadership Council asked for all involved parties to discuss the future of the city once the humanitarian situation in the rebel-held sector of the divided city has been alleviated.
The United States has "no position" on the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, and is so far only willing to help coordinate an evacuation of fighters as demanded by Russia, an official with an Aleppo rebel group said. The official said there was currently "no American position, apart from the Russian agenda: the Russians want the fighters out and they (the Americans) are ready to coordinate over that", said the Turkey-based official, citing indirect contacts with U.S. officials overnight. Russia on Monday said it would start talks with the United States on a rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, a step a U.S. official said Washington would likely embrace to save lives.
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi army said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants launched an overnight attack against security forces in the southeastern part of Mosul, a day after the troops advanced deeper into the city.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a potential U.S.-Russia deal to allow Syrian rebels to safely leave Aleppo was still on the agenda, but that no talks were planned between the two countries for now. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Russian and U.S. experts were in contact about Syria, but said he was not aware of any talks being planned at a higher level. Very few rebels had quit Aleppo so far, said Peskov, who described those who were left there as "terrorists" who were uniting around former Nusra Front fighters. ...