CURRENCIES
22 Aug
Top members of Trump administration make progress on tax reform - Politico
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Top members of the Trump administration and key Republican congressmen have reportedly made significant progress on the broad contours of an overhaul of the country's tax laws beyond the six paragraph framework announced in July by the Secretary of the Treasury which was derided by some as as a 'nothing-burger' document, a report said on Tuesday.

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22 Aug
North Korea threatens to strike with 'absolute force' as drills continue
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Less than 24 hours after annual US and South Korean military drills began in South Korea, Pyongyang accused Donald Trump of being "unimaginably reckless" in his handling of the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

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22 Aug
Barcelona attack suspects appear at Madrid high court
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Four men suspected of having a major involvement in terror attacks in Barcelona and surrounding areas last week are appearing in front a high court judge in Madrid on Tuesday.

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22 Aug
Indonesian central bank springs surprise, cuts rates

Indonesia's central bankers surprised financial markets by lowering interest rates in South-East Asia's largest economy on Tuesday with some economists anticipating further cuts.

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22 Aug
Nine Elms Square's new owners emerge as Wanda retreats from London
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Two of Hong Kong's largest property developers, Guangzhou R&F Properties and CC Land Holdings, have replaced Dalian Wanda as buyers of the £470m Nine Elms Square in London's Battersea.

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22 Aug
Schulz criticizes Merkel and Trump at SDP rally in Bremen
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Challenger Martin Schulz stepped up his attack on the incumbent German chancellor, Angela Merkel, as the Social Democratic party attempts to narrow the gap between the two ahead of September’s election.

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22 Aug
Weaker exports, auto scandal weigh on German economic confidence, ZEW says
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Experts' outlook for the German economy soured in August amid a weaker than-expected export performance by the country and a widening scandal in the automobile sector.

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22 Aug
Trump admits US will not withdraw from Afghanistan
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US military forces will remain in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future and may even increase in numbers, according to President Donald Trump.

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21 Aug
North Korea issues new threats after US confirms nearby military exercises
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The US Department of Defence announced on Sunday that its annual joint military exercise with South Korea would begin on Monday and continue through until the end of August.

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21 Aug
One dead and another injured as bus crashes into bus shelters in France
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A woman in her 40's was killed and another injured when a van crashed into two bus shelters in the French city of Marseille on Monday, according to French police.

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21 Aug
Yellen likely to be replaced as Fed chair by Cohn, economists think
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Janet Yellen is not expected to get a second term as Federal Reserve chair, with Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Gary Cohn seen as the favourite to take over as head of the US central bank.

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21 Aug
Elon Musk leads tech executives calling for killer robot ban
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Tesla founder Elon Musk was among a raft of technology experts to call on the United Nations to ban the development of killer robots.

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18 Aug
US identified as ideal trade partner for UK food and drinks exports post-Brexit
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The US was identified by the government as providing significant opportunities for a trade deal post-Brexit where food and drink was concerned, said the Food and Drink Federation.

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18 Aug
FX round-up: Risk-off sentiment grips markets, safe havens shine once more
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The world woke up on Friday to the news that a terror attack claimed 14 lives in Barcelona and left around 100 injured.

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18 Aug
Decision on Bannon's future with White House imminent
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White House chief of staff John Kelly's decision regarding Steve Bannon's future with the administration is reportedly imminent.

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18 Aug
Odds slashed on Trump resignation after disastrous week
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Bookmakers Paddy Power has cut its odds on US President Donald Trump to resign to evens after a controversial week for the former reality television star.

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18 Aug
US consumer confidence rises in August, but University of Michigan sceptical
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Better expectations for the economy overall and for personal financial prospects saw US consumer confidence rise in August, the results of a widely-followed survey showed.

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18 Aug
Barcelona terror attack kills 13; Catalan police foil second attack in Cambrils
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A terrorist attack claimed the lives 13 people in Barcelona after a van speed through the busy central street of Las Ramblas on Thursday thoroughfare, with a second attack in the seaside town of Cambrils ending with death of five assailants.

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18 Aug
Euro area current account surplus slips in June
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The euro area's current account surplus shrank in June amid a sharp drop in the primary income balance and a worsening on that for secondary income.

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18 Aug
Euro area construction dips in June
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Construction output in the euro area retreated in June amid sharp declines in Germany and France, the bloc's main engines.

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