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China blames U.S for trade frictions, says negotiations currently impossible

BOAO/BEIJING, China (Reuters) - China stepped up its attacks on the Trump administration on Monday over billions of dollars worth of threatened tariffs, saying Washington is to blame for trade frictions and repeating it was impossible to negotiate under "current circumstances".


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Posted 2018/04/09 10:04:30

French Connection to sell Toast stake; may restart dividend

(Reuters) - French Connection Group Plc said on Monday it would sell its 75 percent stake in women's clothing brand Toast to Dutch firm Bestseller United A/S for 23.3 million pounds and also consider restarting dividend payments.


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Posted 2018/04/09 09:42:26

FTSE inches ahead, Russia-exposed stocks tumble

LONDON (Reuters) - Worries over global trade tensions took a backseat as Britain's top share index advanced on Monday, though stocks exposed to Russia fell after a fresh round of U.S. sanctions.


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Posted 2018/04/09 09:34:27

North Korea tells U.S. it is prepared to discuss denuclearisation - source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has told the United States for the first time that it is prepared to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Donald Trump, a U.S. official said on Sunday.


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Posted 2018/04/09 09:28:53

Viacom asks CBS to raise its bid by $2.8 billion - sources

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc has asked CBS Corp to sweeten its merger bid by about $2.8 billion (£2 billion) or almost a quarter more than CBS's offer, people familiar with the matter said, indicating the wide gap in the U.S. media firms' price expectations.


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Posted 2018/04/09 09:11:09

UK markets watchdog urges EU regulators to coordinate on Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - European Union regulators should immediately start coordinating with their British counterparts to ensure a smooth Brexit next year, the UK's markets watchdog said on Monday.


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Posted 2018/04/09 08:55:15

UK house prices rise more than expected in March - Halifax

LONDON (Reuters) - British house prices rose by a stronger-than-expected 2.7 percent in the first three months of 2018 after the weakest increase in nearly five years in the three months to February, figures from mortgage lender Halifax showed on Monday.


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Posted 2018/04/09 08:17:09

Novartis bets big on gene therapy with $8.7 billion AveXis deal

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis is moving further into gene therapy with a $8.7 billion (£6.17 billion) deal for AveXis that gives the Swiss drugmaker a rare-disease treatment seen reaping billions in sales and bolsters its technology base.


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Posted 2018/04/09 07:15:02

Dozens reported killed in suspected Syria gas attack; Damascus denies

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A chemical attack on a rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta has killed dozens of people, medical services reported, and Washington said the reports - if confirmed - would demand an immediate international response.


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Posted 2018/04/08 12:46:51

Muenster attacker was lone German with mental health problems - minister

MUENSTER, Germany (Reuters) - The man who drove a camper van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the German city of Muenster on Saturday acted alone and appears to have had mental health problems, the regional interior minister said on Sunday.


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Posted 2018/04/08 12:18:55

French train chaos strikes again as standoff with Macron deepens

PARIS (Reuters) - Millions of French commuters and holidaymakers faced another wave of crippling transport stoppages on Sunday, as rail workers protested at President Emmanuel Macron's economic reform plans and some unions warned they could step up strike action.


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Posted 2018/04/08 11:10:38

Christian Sewing to become new CEO of Deutsche Bank - source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Christian Sewing, currently co-deputy chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank , is to become the new CEO of Germany's biggest lender, replacing John Cryan, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday.


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Posted 2018/04/08 10:39:23

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees - U.N. official

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to Bangladesh.


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Posted 2018/04/08 09:59:29

Canada grieves after junior hockey team bus crash leaves 15 dead

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (Reuters) - Fifteen people were killed when a bus carrying a Canadian junior ice hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan province, police said on Saturday, in one of the worst disasters to strike Canada's sporting community.


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Posted 2018/04/08 09:28:21

One killed in apartment fire at Trump Tower in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - One man was killed and six firefighters received minor injuries in an apartment fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, in a blaze that was quickly extinguished, fire officials said.


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Posted 2018/04/08 04:03:54

Lula turns himself in to Brazil police, ending standoff

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned himself in to police on Saturday, ending a day-long standoff to begin serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption that derails his bid to return to power.


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Posted 2018/04/08 02:33:52

Britain aims to resettle poisoned Russian ex-spy in the U.S. - Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is considering offering poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia new identities and a fresh life in the United States in an attempt to protect them from further murder attempts, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.


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Posted 2018/04/07 22:47:56

Trump threatens more China tariffs, Beijing ready to hit back

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China warned on Friday it was fully prepared to respond with a "fierce counter strike" of fresh trade measures if the United States follows through on President Donald Trump's threat to slap tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese goods.


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Posted 2018/04/06 21:58:35

Aston Martin plans to appoint three banks to prepare 4 billion pounds float - source

LONDON (Reuters) - Aston Martin is preparing to appoint three banks to manage a possible London stock market listing of the luxury car manufacturer that could value it at between 4 billion pounds and 5 billion pounds, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.


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Posted 2018/04/06 20:11:58

Poisoned Russian agent Sergei Skripal recovering rapidly, hospital says

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and his health is improving rapidly, more than a month after he was poisoned with a nerve agent in England, the hospital treating him said on Friday.


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Posted 2018/04/06 17:01:00