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Unilever confronts the ‘chairdrobe’ as consumers rethink laundry

On any given day, the chair in Raven Rose's Ewing, New Jersey, bedroom might be draped with shirts, pants or pyjamas.


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Posted 2018/09/05 17:54:44

With Yemen in turmoil, U.N. seeks to build trust as first step towards peace

Yemen's first round of peace talks in almost three years aims to build confidence between the warring sides, U.N. mediator Martin Griffiths said on Wednesday, playing down a delay in the arrival of one delegation.


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Posted 2018/09/05 17:51:00

Unilever beauty unit kisses 10 frogs for every prince or princess

Unilever's beauty and personal care unit only closes on one-tenth of the M&A deals it looks at, the unit's boss said on Wednesday, illustrating how many upstart brands have flooded the market vying for attention.


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Posted 2018/09/05 16:55:09

New book by Woodward says Trump wanted Syrian leader killed

U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defence secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and dangerous behaviour.


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Posted 2018/09/05 16:53:09

Trump targets Nike as Kaepernick ads spark boycott calls

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized Nike Inc for its new advertising campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who sparked controversy by kneeling in protest during the national anthem.


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Posted 2018/09/05 16:51:50

Lloyds bank cuts 380 jobs, also adds new roles

Lloyds Banking Group has cut 380 jobs as part of a re-organisation that will also see it create 435 new roles, the bank said on Wednesday, as it gears up to better compete in a market increasingly built around online and mobile services.


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Posted 2018/09/05 16:47:01

Ship docks, road upgrade planned as Eritrea, Ethiopia ties strengthen

An Ethiopian ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades on Wednesday and Eritrea announced plans to upgrade a road to its neighbour, local media said, in further signs of strengthening ties between the former foes.


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Posted 2018/09/05 16:42:38

Germany has full trust in Barnier on Brexit - government spokesman

The German government has full trust in the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, who represents the bloc's 27 members in talks with Britain, a spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.


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Posted 2018/09/05 16:01:52

M&S recruits Loblaw executive to be new digital boss

British retailer Marks & Spencer has recruited a senior Loblaw executive to be its new digital boss, it said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:46:43

Rohingya protesters call for freedom for Reuters reporters in Myanmar

About 50 Rohingya Muslim refugees gathered in a muddy sports field in a camp in Bangladesh on Wednesday to protest against the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested while covering the plight of their community.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:40:28

UK charges two Russians for attempted murder of Skripals, blames Moscow

Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, saying the suspects were military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:39:12

UK envoy meets Russian foreign ministry official over Skripal case - Ifax

Britain's ambassador to Russia held talks with an official at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday to discuss the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain, the Interfax news agency cited the ministry as saying.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:38:31

Facebook, Twitter on defence in U.S. Congress over foreign bids to tilt politics

Top executives from Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc defended their companies in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday over what lawmakers see as a failure to combat continuing foreign efforts to influence U.S. politics.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:38:17

With Yemen in turmoil, U.N. to launch first peace talks in two years

Warring Yemenis due to attend the first peace talks since late 2015 on Thursday face an uphill struggle to rescue attempts to end a war marked by mass civilian casualties and fuelled by rivalry between regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:27:41

Houthis prevented from attending Geneva peace talks - Yemen Houthi TV

Yemen's Houthi movement said on Wednesday its delegation was prevented from flying to attend United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, the group's al-Masirah TV reported.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:27:07

John Lewis puts faith in partners not drones to weather change

John Lewis, Britain's largest department store business, is confident its 28,000 employee "partners" and an investment drive will enable it to ride out a period of brutal trading.


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Posted 2018/09/05 14:02:20

Kremlin says keen on Syria talks with Turkey, France, Germany

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday that Moscow was keen to see four-way talks with Turkey, France and Germany take place to discuss the Syrian conflict.


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Posted 2018/09/05 13:40:00

Chaos grips Senate hearing on Trump Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

Chaos engulfed the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, as Democrats on Tuesday complained bitterly about Republicans withholding documents about the nominee's past White House service and shouting protesters were arrested in droves.


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Posted 2018/09/05 13:31:54

UK official confident French scallops spat will not recur

Britain is confident that France will supply more security resources to ensure that a row over scallops at sea does not happen again, Britain's junior agriculture and food minister


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Posted 2018/09/05 13:21:11

Britain would now vote to stay in the EU, new poll shows

Britons would choose to stay in the European Union if given the option, according to an opinion poll on Wednesday that showed a six-point swing away from Brexit and the highest support for EU membership in such a survey since the 2016 referendum.


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Posted 2018/09/05 12:44:33