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By William Schomberg and Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - British workers saw their pay grow at the fastest pace in more than a year in the three months to November, official data showed on Wednesday, adding to signs that the country's economy ended 2016 strongly despite the shock of the Brexit vote. The jobless rate remained at an 11-year low of 4.8 percent and the employment rate stayed at all-time record high, the Office for National Statistics said. Policymakers have said they will not be rushed into an interest rate hike by rising inflation because they expect the pick-up in prices will be driven by temporary effects from the fall in the pound after June's vote to leave the European Union.
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in "full control" of eastern Mosul, after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern city almost exactly three months since the major operation started.