POLITICAL NEWS
25 Feb
Labour loses Copeland in historic defeat, holds Stoke-on-Trent
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The Labour Party suffered a humiliating defeat in its heartland seat of Copeland on Thursday night, losing it to the ruling Conservatives for the first time in 80 years and heaping pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn despite narrowly winning a second by-election in Stoke-on-Trent Central.

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24 Feb
London close: FTSE 100 dragged down by banks and miners
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Banks and miners led the FTSE to a lower close Friday, in a session awash with blue-chip news including disappointing annual results from Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered, among other stocks reporting.

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24 Feb
Berenberg downgrades Goldman Sachs as Trump rally 'may have peaked'
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Goldman Sachs has been downgraded to 'sell' by Berenberg as the German bank indicated its belief that the investment banking behemoth's stock is now overvalued and that it could face structural headwinds in 2017.

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24 Feb
Trump whips up CPAC with 'massive' tax cut pledge, Mexico wall timetable
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President Donald Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference he would "massively" lower taxes for America's middle classes as well as trimming business taxes, while also pledging to begin undoing his predecessor's 'Obamacare' healthcare laws in coming months.

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24 Feb
Mexican current account deficit narrows further in fourth quarter 2016
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Mexico's current account deficit narrowed over the last three months of 2016 on strength in manufacturing, but risks were on the rise, economists said.

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24 Feb
French election concerns to keep dragging stocks lower
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The upcoming French presidential elections of 23 April and 7 May are a key concern for investors as jitters seeped further into European Markets at the end of the week.

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24 Feb
Snoopers' Charter data retention on hold, says Home Office
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The Home Office reportedly admitted its plans for the mass collection of data from Britons were on hold on Friday, after a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice.

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24 Feb
Royal Mail hikes postage prices in line with Brexit-charged inflation
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Royal Mail is hiking the price of first- and second-class postage stamps by amounts in line with UK's Brexit-charged rate of inflation, adding to the increasing shop-counter burden faced by consumers.

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24 Feb
Polish army generals removed by government despite NATO plea
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Poland's government has deposed the vast majority of its military leadership as it seeks to rid the country's institutions of officials appointed by the previous government.

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24 Feb
Ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato sentenced to four years in prison
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A former head of the International Monetary Fund has been sentenced to four years in a Spanish jail after he was found guilty of the misuse of corporate credit cards during his time in charge of regional state-owned lender Caja Madrid.

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24 Feb
Trump insists on increasing US nuclear arsenal
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President Donald Trump has said that the US should expand its nuclear capability while there is no agreement to eradicate weapons on a global scale.

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23 Feb
Full steam ahead as HS2 receives Royal Assent
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Britain’s second dedicated high-speed railway line sped ever closer to construction on Thursday, with the bill giving HS2 the go-ahead receiving Royal Assent.

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23 Feb
UK net migration falls by 49,000 to below 300,000
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Net migration to the UK fell by 49,000 to 273,000 in the year to September, official figures revealed on Thursday – the first to show the impact of the Brexit vote.

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23 Feb
North Korea demands end to Kim Jong-nam death investigation

Malaysia has been accused by North Korea of behaving in a "sinister" way after opening an investigation into the assassination of leader Kim Jong-un's brother, Kim Jong-nam.

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22 Feb
London close: FTSE up as Lloyds, Barratt lead blue chips higher
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Shares in London ended Wednesday on a mixed note after confirmation the UK saw better than expected economic growth at the end of 2016, with blue chips benefiting from a softer sterling.

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22 Feb
FX round-up: Sterling, dollar lower as markets anticipate FOMC minutes
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Sterling was mostly lower Wednesday as mixed UK economic data reinvigorated Brexit nerves in the market, with investors' attentions now on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes due out at 19:00 GMT.

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22 Feb
Commodities: Crude falls as concerns of lingering global glut come to the fore
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Crude futures pushed lower Wednesday as some in the market took a view that the global supply glut of the black liquid is set to last a lot longer.

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22 Feb
Theresa May promises 'relief' for small businesses, stops short of cash pledge
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has reassured business affected by rates rises related to property valuations that there will be "appropriate relief" given to those worst hit, but would not promise any cash to aid those struggling.

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22 Feb
Brexit without new trade deal for UK would be 'insane' - Sir Ivan Rogers
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Britain's former trade envoy to the EU has slammed the prospect of Brexit without a new trade deal in place as "insane," with markets having sweated for months about the UK's prospects in a post-separation world.

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22 Feb
Macron's lead over Le pen widens slightly
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French independent candidate Emmanuel Macron´s backing among voters ticked higher on Wednesday, as that for his Socialist contender Benoit Hamon slipped.

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