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Farnese blue diamond goes on sale after 300 years of royal history

LONDON (Reuters) - The historically important Farnese Blue diamond, which was passed down through European royal families for some 300 years, is to go on sale for the first time next month, auctioneers Sotheby's said.


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Posted 2018/04/06 16:41:47

Tata Steel open to taking majority stake in Thyssenkrupp tie-up - sources

LONDON/MUMBAI/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - India's Tata Steel would consider taking a majority stake in its planned European steel joint venture with Germany's Thyssenkrupp after the business has publicly listed, according to two sources familiar with the matter.


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Posted 2018/04/06 15:46:16

Trump threatens tariffs on $100 billion more China goods; Beijing ready to strike 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 (71.41 billion pounds) in Chinese goods.


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Posted 2018/04/06 14:49:03

Leaving jail, Puigdemont calls for dialogue with Madrid

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called on Spain to abandon its attempts to prosecute separatist leaders as he left a German prison on Friday, urging Madrid to enter into dialogue with them.


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Posted 2018/04/06 14:34:37

Uber appoints two new non-executive board members in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber said on Friday it had appointed two new independent non-executives in Britain as it fights to keep its licence in its most important European market, London.


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Posted 2018/04/06 13:38:35

Poisoned Russian agent Sergei Skripal is getting better fast, hospital says

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


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Posted 2018/04/06 13:25:19

London police call urgent meeting after six more stabbings

LONDON (Reuters) - London police called an emergency meeting of community leaders on Friday after six stabbings in a matter of hours, as they tried to stem a wave of knife crime that threatens to dominate the city's politics ahead of local elections in May.


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Posted 2018/04/06 12:48:46

Cyclicals suffer as new Trump tariff threat hits FTSE

LONDON (Reuters) - The latest salvo in a trade row between the U.S. and China weighed on Britain's FTSE 100 on Friday, though the damage was limited as mining and bank stocks fell while utilities made gains.


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Posted 2018/04/06 09:13:55

South Korean court jails former president Park for 24 years

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country's conglomerates.


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Posted 2018/04/06 08:07:40

Co-op reports profit jump, eyes new markets

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Co-operative Group reported a 25 percent rise in annual profit on Friday and said this year it would expand its convenience store network and enter new sectors.


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Posted 2018/04/06 08:04:36

South Africa court adjourns Zuma corruption case to June 8

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) - The Durban High Court adjourned until June 8 a case in which former South African president Jacob Zuma is accused of corruption in a $2.5 billion arms deal, Judge Themba Sishi said on Friday.


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Posted 2018/04/06 07:56:12

European shares dip on new Trump tariff threat

MILAN (Reuters) - European shares fell slightly on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of further tariffs on China, although losses were limited by gains among defensive stocks like utilities.


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Posted 2018/04/06 07:30:59

Ford wins approval for German banking licence

LONDON (Reuters) - Ford said it had won approval from the European Central Bank for its application to set up a bank in Germany as part of its strategy to mitigate any risk from Britain leaving the European Union.


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Posted 2018/04/06 07:26:39

UK ranks poorly for productivity in low-paid jobs - research

LONDON (Reuters) - Low-paid jobs in Britain are marked by particularly poor levels of productivity compared with those in other major economies, explaining part of Britain's struggle to squeeze more output from its workers, research showed on Friday.


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Posted 2018/04/06 06:56:29

Facebook shares rise as Zuckerberg soothes investors

(Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc rose as much as 4.2 percent on Thursday after Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the social network had not seen any meaningful impact on usage or ad sales in the wake of a data privacy scandal.


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Posted 2018/04/06 01:00:38

Trump says he did not know about $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, in his first public remarks about an intimate relationship he has been accused of having with an adult film star, said on Thursday he did not know about a $130,000 payment made by his lawyer to actress Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet.


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Posted 2018/04/06 00:42:48

Sterling forecasts at post-Brexit high on BoE, negotiation hopes - Reuters poll

LONDON (Reuters) - Sterling forecasts are at their highest since Britons voted to leave the European Union, a Reuters poll found, partly as a result of optimism driven by progress in divorce talks and expectations of another interest rate rise next month.


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Posted 2018/04/06 00:39:41

Trump wants National Guard on Mexican border until wall built

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would probably station a few thousand National Guard troops at the 2,000-mile-long (3,200-km) Mexican border until the wall he wants to build there to keep out illegal immigrants is done.


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Posted 2018/04/06 00:32:20

Brazil judge orders ex-president Lula jailed by Friday

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge on Thursday ordered former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to turn himself in to police within 24 hours to serve a 12-year sentence for a graft conviction, likely ending the presidential front-runner's hopes of returning to power.


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Posted 2018/04/06 00:29:47

Trump escalates China trade fight, threatening $100 billion more in tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had instructed U.S. trade officials to consider $100 billion (71.4 billion pounds) in additional tariffs on China, fuelling an already heated trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.


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Posted 2018/04/06 00:13:26