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Catalonia moves to declare independence from Spain on Monday

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation towards a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.


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Posted 2017/10/04 21:02:11

Global stocks hit fresh highs, dollar slips despite data

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of global stocks and Wall Street rallied to fresh highs on Wednesday on encouraging growth worldwide, while the dollar fell even as data revealed an accelerating U.S. service sector that could lead to higher interest rates in December.


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Posted 2017/10/04 20:30:38

EU takes Ireland to court for not claiming Apple tax windfall

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros (11.54 billion pounds) of tax due from Apple Inc , a move labelled as "regrettable" by Dublin.


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Posted 2017/10/04 18:53:20

Tropical system may strike US coast as hurricane

A newly formed tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea could strengthen into a hurricane and move north into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, the National Hurricane Centre has said.
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Posted 2017/10/04 18:44:00

Bank of England says Brexit transition deal needed by Christmas

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's banks need a watertight Brexit transition deal by Christmas to avoid a potentially disorderly shift of people and operations to the European Union, a top Bank of England official said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/10/04 18:38:58

UK economy stuck in low gear, worries grow as BoE readies rate hike - PMI

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy remains stuck in low gear but price pressures are rising again, according to surveys on Wednesday that will probably keep the Bank of England on track to raise interest rates soon.


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Posted 2017/10/04 17:11:07

Russia says to sign deals with Saudi worth over $3 billion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Saudi Arabia will sign joint investment agreements worth more than $3 billion during a visit to Moscow by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/10/04 16:33:22

Prankster, coughing fits mar Theresa May’s speech to activists

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to reassert her dwindling authority was marred on Wednesday by a calamitous keynote speech interrupted by repeated coughing fits, a prankster and even letters of her slogan falling off the stage.


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Posted 2017/10/04 15:29:59

May confident of winning Brexit deal that works for Britain, EU

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she understood that some are finding the Brexit talks frustrating but that she was confident of getting a deal that will work for both Britain and the European Union.


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Posted 2017/10/04 11:06:38

EU takes Ireland to court over Apple state aid

The EU is taking Ireland to court over its failure to recover up to €13bn in illegal state aid from tech giant Apple.
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Posted 2017/10/04 09:49:00

Catalonia to declare independence from Spain as soon as weekend - leader

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will move as soon as this weekend to declare independence from Spain, the region's leader said, moving the European Union country closer to a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.


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Posted 2017/10/04 09:21:44

White tiger, dark horse: North Korean art market heats up

DANDONG, China (Reuters) - Seated beneath tall windows and dressed simply in singlets and trousers, North Korean painters are hard at work. The artists staple canvases to frames or copy idyllic landscapes from laptop computers. One wears headphones as he brushes a group of running horses onto his canvas.


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Posted 2017/10/04 09:17:23

Aid groups seek $434 million for Rohingya crisis for next six months

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Humanitarian organisations helping Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they need $434 million (£327 million) over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, most of them children, in dire need of life-saving assistance.


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Posted 2017/10/04 08:45:16

UK economy stuck in low gear, worries grow as BoE prepares to hike rates - PMI

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Britain's economy remained stuck in low gear in the third quarter but price pressures grew further, according to a business survey that probably keeps the Bank of England on track to raise interest rates.


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Posted 2017/10/04 08:42:40

Scooter fire at Jordanian govt office in Paris

A scooter caught fire and caused a small explosion in front of a Jordanian military office in Paris on Wednesday morning.
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Posted 2017/10/04 08:19:00

ECB tells banks to set aside more cash on bad loans

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank will ask euro zone banks from next year to set aside more cash to cover newly classified bad loans and may also present additional measures to tackle the sector's huge stock of bad debt, it said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/10/04 07:27:02

Tesco to pay first dividend since 2014-15 crisis, profit up 27 percent

LONDON (Reuters) - Tesco said it would resume paying a dividend for the first time in three years, with strong demand for fresh food and cost savings helping Britain's biggest retailer to lift first-half profit by 27 percent.


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Posted 2017/10/04 07:18:26

Las Vegas shooting: Latest details

Law enforcement officials have been giving updates as they investigate the shooting of hundreds of people at a Las Vegas music festival.
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Posted 2017/10/04 01:37:00

Yahoo: All 3bn accounts hit by 2013 data breach

Yahoo has confirmed that a 2013 data breach affected all 3 billion of its accounts - three times the number previously reported.
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Posted 2017/10/03 21:10:00

Emergency terror powers become law in France

French MPs have overwhelmingly voted in favour of a new counter-terrorism bill, despite criticism that it undermines civil liberties.
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Posted 2017/10/03 19:09:00