POLITICAL NEWS
21 Aug
Downing Street confident Brexit talks will advance to second phase by October

Prime Minister Theresa May is confident Brexit negotiations have made sufficient progress and will move to a second phase in the autumn, contrary to reports last week that talks will be delayed until the end of the year.

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21 Aug
UK to seek 'most frictionless' possible trade agreement post-Brexit
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The UK’s negotiating team will seek an agreement with the EU which "allows the freest and most frictionless trade possible" between the sides post-Brexit.

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21 Aug
NHS facing rate hikes as private hospitals get £52m tax break
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Private hospitals in the UK are using a tax perk to save £52m on their business rates while NHS services struggle with hikes, new research has shown.

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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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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
RMT calls fresh strike days in September over driver-only trains
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Rail commuters across England face more strikes when they return from summer holidays next month after a new series of stoppages were announced on Friday.

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18 Aug
Turkey's Erdogan calls on expats to vote against Germany's Merkel
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waded into the German election campaign on Friday, calling on Turkish expatriates to vote against politicians he considered "enemies" of his country.

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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
Leaving EU without trade deal would not hurt UK - Thinktank
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Leaving the European Union without a trade deal in place would not be a disaster for the British economy, a right-wing think tank claimed on Friday.

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18 Aug
Iraq looks to 'return to the Arab fold'
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As Iraq is set to hold national elections next year it is said to be working towards an alliance with Saudi Arabia that would aid the nation in its estimated $100bn rebuilding project.

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18 Aug
Gary Cohn stays on as White House chief economic adviser
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On Thursday, a spokesman for the oval office denied rumours that National Economic Council director, Gary Cohn would be stepping down as a result of the President's controversial comments about the "very fine" people protesting alongside neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

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18 Aug
Third Trump council falls after Charlottesville controversy
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Another business council in the White House has been scrapped just days after last week’s Charlottesville violence, following widespread criticism of Donald Trump’s response to the incident.

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17 Aug
South Korea's president says North is dangerously close to crossing a 'red line'
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South Korea's president cautioned Pyongyang not to pursue nuclear missile capabilities while underlining that Seoul and Washington shared the same aims.

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17 Aug
Trump axes key business councils after CEOs drop out
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US President Donald Trump has disbanded two of his key business advisory councils after a plethora of CEOs quit in response to his stance on events following clashes in Charlottesville sparked by white supremacist groups.

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17 Aug
Brexit talks' second stage to be pushed back to December - reports
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The second stage of negotiations between Britain and the European Union over the terms of Brexit could be pushed back to the end of the year as not enough progress was being made in the initial talks, media reports suggested overnight.

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17 Aug
CSIS chair in strategy sees risk of nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia
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Anthony Cordesman of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has warned media reporters and think tanks should be "a little more critical and interested in the facts," in light of recent sensationalist journalism regarding the ongoing tensions between North Korea and the United States.

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16 Aug
UK govt forced to defend Brexit customs union plan as critics deride 'fantasy' proposals
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The British government on Wednesday was forced to defend its policy on its customs plans post-Brexit after they were described as “fantasy” by a key EU official.

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16 Aug
Trump faces widespread criticism after regressing on Charlottesville strife
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US President Donald Trump is coming in for major criticism within his own Republican party after a fiery press conference at Trump Tower in which he blamed both sides for the unrest caused in Charlottesville last weekend.

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16 Aug
Irish hard border will not return, UK Brexit paper says
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A UK government positioning paper has said that ensuring there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be a top priority as Brexit negotiations continue.

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15 Aug
Advocacy group launches petition to halt Trump's Scottish golf resort
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Last week, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Scottish Natural Heritage made formal objections to a proposal made by Donald Trump that would see his Aberdeenshire golf course expand into a gaudy complex featuring a luxury hotel and 1,450 homes.

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