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EU agrees on approach to Brexit talks, May left out in cold

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed their plan for Brexit negotiations on Thursday, pledging to move swiftly and stick together to ensure Britain does not cherry pick a sweet deal that might inspire others to unstitch the bloc.


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Posted 2016/12/16 10:22:03

UK business confidence recovers in November - survey  

LONDON (Reuters) - British businesses turned more optimistic in November about the country's economy although they are still not as confident as they were before June's Brexit vote, a survey showed on Friday.


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Posted 2016/12/16 07:44:43

London rents fall for first time since 2010 - lender

LONDON (Reuters) - London rents, which are amongst the highest in the world, have fallen this year for the first time since 2010 as landlords rushed into the rental market before a tax increase in April, a report published on Friday showed.


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Posted 2016/12/16 06:21:51

Traces of explosives found in Egyptair crash - investigators

CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - Egyptian investigators said on Thursday traces of explosives had been found on the remains of victims of an Egyptair flight that crashed en route from Paris to Cairo, but French officials warned against drawing conclusions on the cause of the crash.


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Posted 2016/12/15 23:40:36

Study finds UK sugar tax could save thousands from obesity, diabetes

LONDON (Reuters) - A planned levy on sugary drinks due to be introduced in Britain in April 2018 could significantly reduce the number of people who become obese and develop diabetes and tooth decay, scientists said on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/15 23:34:08

EU leaders agree to give Parliament role in preparing for Brexit talks - Tusk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders have agreed to invite representatives of the European Parliament to participate in meetings to prepare for Britain's departure from the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/15 23:30:53

Italy prepares to pump 15 billion euros into ailing banks - sources

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's government is ready to pump 15 billion euros (£12.5 billion) into Monte dei Paschi di Siena and other ailing banks, sources said, as the country's third-largest lender pushes ahead with a private rescue plan that is widely expected to fail.


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Posted 2016/12/15 23:06:21

EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions until mid-2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to extend the bloc's main economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine for six months until mid-2017, diplomats said.


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Posted 2016/12/15 22:57:53

Yahoo under scrutiny after latest hack, Verizon seeks new deal terms

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc came under renewed scrutiny by federal investigators and lawmakers on Thursday after disclosing the largest known data breach in history, prompting Verizon Communications Inc to demand better terms for its planned purchase of Yahoo's internet business.


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Posted 2016/12/15 22:43:23

Buses evacuate thousands of exhausted Aleppo residents in ceasefire deal

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of people were evacuated on Thursday from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo, the first to leave under a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


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Posted 2016/12/15 20:43:58

Traces of explosives found in Egyptair crash - investigators

CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - Egyptian air accident investigators said on Thursday traces of explosives had been found on the remains of victims of an Egyptair flight that crashed en route from Paris to Cairo.


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Posted 2016/12/15 20:33:26

Facebook to roll out new tools to tackle fake news

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will introduce tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on its platform, an about-face in response to rising criticism that it did not do enough to combat the problem during the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election.


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Posted 2016/12/15 20:27:29

Putin supervised Russia cyber attacks in U.S. election - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin supervised his intelligence agencies' hacking of the U.S. presidential election and turned it from a general effort to discredit the process to a specific attempt to support Donald Trump, three U.S. officials said on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/15 19:55:20

Verizon considers changing Yahoo deal after latest breach

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc is looking at ways to modify its $4.8 billion deal to buy Yahoo Inc's core internet business after the technology company disclosed a second massive data breach, sources told Reuters on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/15 18:46:13

UK train strike to continue as talks fail to end dispute

LONDON (Reuters) - A strike by train drivers which has brought rail services in southern England to a standstill and caused chaos for hundreds of thousands of London commuters will continue after talks on Thursday failed to end the dispute.


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Posted 2016/12/15 18:14:37

Leaders must sort out Brexit negotiating stance, says May

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday it was right for EU leaders to discuss Brexit without her over dinner, suggesting they needed time to sort out their position and prepare for Britain's divorce negotiations.


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Posted 2016/12/15 16:24:45

Trump picks Exxon chief Tillerson as secretary of state

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump announced Exxon-Mobil Corp's Rex Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state on Tuesday, praising the business leader as a successful international dealmaker who has led a global operation.


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Posted 2016/12/13 12:06:03

Asahi to buy East European beer brands from AB InBev for 7.3 billion euros

TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Asahi Group Holdings will buy a group of eastern European beer brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev for 7.3 billion euros (6.14 billion pound), boosting its presence in the region in the largest international beer deal by a Japanese brewer.


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Posted 2016/12/13 11:41:49

UniCredit share issue lifts banks before Fed meeting

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shares edged up on Tuesday, helped by gains in banks after Italy's largest lender unveiled a 13 billion euro (10.86 billion pound) share issue, while the dollar edged up before a Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to deliver higher interest rates.


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Posted 2016/12/13 11:36:11

UK inflation rises to highest in over two years in November

LONDON (Reuters) - British inflation hit its highest rate in more than two years last month, pushed up by more expensive clothing and the impact of June's Brexit vote on the prices consumers paid for technology goods.


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Posted 2016/12/13 11:24:54