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Millions of Britons in financial difficulty

LONDON (Reuters) - Over four million people in Britain are having difficulties paying their monthly bills, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Wednesday, at a time when inflation is rising and interest rates may follow.


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Posted 2017/10/18 12:25:58

Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

BERLIN (Reuters) - A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election.


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Posted 2017/10/18 12:23:08

UK pay lags inflation again, BoE still seen raising rates

LONDON (Reuters) - British pay growth has lagged behind inflation again, official data showed on Wednesday, adding to questions about how quickly the Bank of England will raise interest rates after an initial hike expected on Nov. 2.


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Posted 2017/10/18 11:29:20

UK government might delay Brexit bill until after Nov. 13 - BBC

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government might not submit legislation to sever political, financial and legal ties with the European Union until next month, the BBC's political editor reported.


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Posted 2017/10/18 11:12:08

Pair fired after United Airlines passenger removed

Two airport security officers have been sacked for their part in the forcible removal of a passenger from a plane that left him bleeding from a broken nose and two broken teeth.
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Posted 2017/10/18 11:07:00

Scientists race to stop parrot massacre in Tasmania

Australian scientists are racing to save critically endangered swift parrots from being "massacred" by sugar glider predators in Tasmania's ancient forests.
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Posted 2017/10/18 07:08:00

Booker won by US author for second year in row

George Saunders has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his first novel, Lincoln In The Bardo.
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Posted 2017/10/18 06:51:00

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilise the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria.


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Posted 2017/10/18 05:05:50

Judge blocks latest Trump curbs on people entering United States

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which would have taken effect this week.


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Posted 2017/10/18 00:26:41

Death toll in Portugal wildfires reaches 41

At least 41 people have died in Portugal, where firefighters are slowly gaining control over the 15 major blazes.
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Posted 2017/10/18 00:18:00

Death toll in Portugal wildfires reaches 41

At least 41 people have died in Portugal, where firefighters are slowly gaining control over 15 major wildfires.
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Posted 2017/10/18 00:18:00

UK firms freeze marketing spend as economic uncertainty rises - survey

(Reuters) - British companies froze their marketing budgets during the third quarter amid rising uncertainties about the economy as the UK looks to exit the European Union, a survey showed on Wednesday.


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Posted 2017/10/17 23:22:49

Catalonia refuses to renounce independence, separatist protesters rally

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia refused on Tuesday to bow to the Spanish government's demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a political collision course with Madrid later this week.


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Posted 2017/10/17 20:49:25

Amazon Studios boss resigns amid Weinstein claims

Amazon Studios head Roy Price has resigned amid claims he dismissed allegations Harvey Weinstein raped actress Rose McGowan.
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Posted 2017/10/17 20:31:00

May to pitch on Brexit at EU summit dinner

LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May will make a pitch to fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she tries to break a deadlock in Brexit talks that has left Britain's future trading position up in the air.


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Posted 2017/10/17 18:19:49

British spy chief says Islamist militants can execute deadly attack plans in just days

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain faces the most acute threat ever from Islamist militants seeking to inflict mass attacks, often with spontaneous plots that take just days to bring to execution, the head of the MI5 domestic intelligence agency said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2017/10/17 17:19:44

Game of Thrones star accuses Harvey Weinstein

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey has claimed Harvey Weinstein angrily marched her out of a hotel after she rejected his advances.
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Posted 2017/10/17 17:13:00

British inflation at 5-1/2-year high in September, rate hike on track

LONDON (Reuters) - British inflation rose to its highest level in more than five years in September, official data showed on Tuesday, adding to the likelihood that the Bank of England will raise interest rates next month.


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Posted 2017/10/17 16:40:09

The demise of IS in Raqqa has an enormous cost

For three years, Raqqa was capital of the biggest, richest, and arguably most evil terrorist organisation the world has known.
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Posted 2017/10/17 13:24:00

Car bomb kills renowned journalist in Malta

Malta has been left in shock by the killing of its best-known investigative journalist.
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Posted 2017/10/17 09:54:00