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Attempt to loosen Northern Ireland abortion law reaches UK Supreme Court

LONDON (Reuters) - An attempt to change the law in Northern Ireland to allow abortions in cases of rape, incest or serious malformation of the foetus reaches the UK Supreme Court on Tuesday after years of legal wrangling.


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Posted 2017/10/24 09:33:49

Harry Potter still casting his spell over Bloomsbury revenues

LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Potter is continuing to work his magic for publisher Bloomsbury 20 years after his debut, with special editions of his first adventure helping revenue rise 15 percent.


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Posted 2017/10/24 09:29:03

FTSE falters on Whitbread wobble

LONDON (Reuters) - Firmer commodities-related stocks failed to keep the UK's top share index out of negative territory as results depressed Whitbread, though small cap Carillion saw its shares boosted by progress with its debt.


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Posted 2017/10/24 09:14:12

Toshiba weighing options in case chip unit sale not completed by March

CHIBA CITY, Japan (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said it is considering various measures in case the $18 billion sale of its chip unit does not close by the end of the financial year and leaves the embattled conglomerate short of funds needed to ensure it stays listed.


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Posted 2017/10/24 09:07:39

Amazon rivals turn to legal fine print to stem Whole Foods strategy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market met a new foe this summer during talks to lease a top retail space in a San Francisco mall: the Target next door.


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Posted 2017/10/24 06:11:19

Doing the heavy lifting - investors eye tech-tonic shifts for Europe’s industrials

LONDON (Reuters) - Investment funds seeking to invest at the intersection of Europe and technology are finding rich pickings in places that some may find surprising: sprawling industrials like trains-to-turbines Siemens and engineering group ABB .


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Posted 2017/10/24 06:01:38

Transition to be agreed with Brexit trade deal - May

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May signalled on Monday that any Brexit transition deal would be put together as part of a wider trade agreement - potentially stripping companies of the time they need to prepare to leave the European Union.


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Posted 2017/10/23 19:20:15

Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government on Sunday urged Catalans to accept direct control from Madrid and ignore instructions from the restive region's secessionist leadership once it has been removed from power.


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Posted 2017/10/22 15:25:59

Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy after outrage

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment.


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Posted 2017/10/22 15:10:02

Italians vote in autonomy referendums in shadow of Catalonia crisis

MILAN (Reuters) - Two wealthy regions of northern Italy began voting on Sunday in referendums for autonomy, ballots that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighbouring Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.


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Posted 2017/10/22 14:31:47

Airbus turmoil overshadows bid to rescue CSeries

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus's coup in buying a $6 billion(£4.55 billion) Canadian jetliner project for a dollar stunned investors and took the spotlight off a growing ethics row last week, but internal disarray has raised questions over how smoothly it can implement the deal.


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Posted 2017/10/22 12:18:51

UK company profit warnings jump in third quarter - EY

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of profit warnings issued by British companies jumped to 75 in the third quarter, the biggest quarterly rise in almost six years as economic pressures weighed on retailers and support service companies, business services group EY said on Sunday.


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Posted 2017/10/22 10:10:27

Exclusive - Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.


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Posted 2017/10/22 09:24:17

PM May readying concessions on welfare reform - Sunday Telegraph

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May is on the verge of making concessions around a key welfare reform that has angered opposition parties as well as members of her own Conservatives, the Sunday Telegraph reported.


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Posted 2017/10/21 21:55:26

UK Brexit bill not scheduled for debate in parliament next week

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's parliament will not discuss the key European Union withdrawal bill next week, the leader of the lower House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said on Thursday, amid concerns the government is struggling to manage divisions over its contents.


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Posted 2017/10/19 11:19:17

Trying to unblock Brexit impasse, May to make offer on EU citizens

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May, seeking to unblock stalled talks on Brexit, promised on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after it leaves the bloc.


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Posted 2017/10/19 10:49:30

Japan carmakers vouch for safety of some Kobe Steel parts; company future uncertain

TOKYO (Reuters) - Three Japanese automakers on Thursday said they found no safety issues with aluminium parts made by Kobe Steel Ltd , allaying some concerns that falsified quality data on products from the steelmaker had compromised their vehicles.


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Posted 2017/10/19 10:46:24

London Stock Exchange CEO Rolet to step down by end of 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - Xavier Rolet, chief executive of the London Stock Exchange Group , will step down at the end of next year, just under a decade after he took charge and transformed the company with a string of deals.


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Posted 2017/10/19 10:18:43

UK third-quarter retail sales growth weakest in four years as inflation bites

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales slowed unexpectedly sharply in September, dragging quarterly growth to its weakest annual rate since 2013 and suggesting consumer demand remains uncertain as the Bank of England nears its first rate rise in a decade.


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Posted 2017/10/19 10:07:35

U.S. carrier patrols off Korean peninsula in warning to Pyongyang

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN, Sea of Japan (Reuters) - The USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier, patrolled in waters east of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, in a show of sea and air power designed to warn off North Korea from any military action.


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Posted 2017/10/19 10:04:25