POLITICAL NEWS
28 Apr
S&P reaffirms AA rating on UK, outlook clouded by Brexit
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Standard&Poor's reaffirmed its rating on the United Kingdom's long-term sovereign debt but warned of the potential impact on the economy from the uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations and their eventual outcome.

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28 Apr
London close: FTSE lower as UK, US growth in Q1 disappoints, sterling up
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Stocks in London drifted to a lower close on Friday as a rise in sterling weighed on blue chips and both UK and US preliminary economic growth data disappointed investors on both sides of the Atlantic.

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28 Apr
Commodities: Crude rises on reports of Russia compliance with Opec output limits
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Crude-oil futures are higher on Friday as traders liked reports Russia has complied with Opec output limits, and also on hopes the cartel will extend its production cut pledge.

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28 Apr
Controversial Garden Bridge project collapses on mayoral letter
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London’s controversial and costly Garden Bridge project was down the gurgler on Friday, as the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan formally withdrew support for the project.

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28 Apr
UK energy firms say planned Tory price cap will harm investment, jobs
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The UK energy industry came out swinging on Friday as it attacked Conservative Party plans to introduce price caps.

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28 Apr
EU leaders prepare Brexit clause for reunified Ireland membership
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Northern Ireland could be allowed fast-track access to EU membership in the event of its reunification with the rest of the island, as European leaders prepare to thrash out their negotiating stance for upcoming Brexit talks with the UK government.

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28 Apr
Trump warns of 'major' North Korea conflict as China weighs in
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US President Donald Trump has warned that the country is prepared for a "major conflict" with North Korea as tensions between the two states rise another notch over the latter’s nuclear and missile programs.

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27 Apr
London close: Resources weakness, US tax-reform hangover and ex-divs punish FTSE
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Equities in London were punished lower on Thursday as pronounced weakness among mining and oil majors, a US tax-reform hangover, and a bundle of ex-dividend shares all told against the FTSE.

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27 Apr
Merkel warns UK not to approach Brexit talks with "illusions"
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German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that British people should not harbour "illusions" about the country's fate in the aftermath of Brexit.

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27 Apr
Worsening consumer confidence threatens economic growth and Tory election result
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British consumer confidence weakened over the last month even as business confidence strengthened, as both sides eyed rising inflation but softening economic growth.

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27 Apr
Trump backtracks on Nafta withdrawal vow in favour of renegotiation
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US President Donald Trump has ruled out the departure of the country from the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite previously pledging to withdraw from the deal.

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27 Apr
Hochschild Mining's gold, silver production rises, on track to meet 2017 targets
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Hochschild Mining’s silver and gold production increased in the first quarter as the miner remained on track to meet its 2017 targets.

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27 Apr
Wealthy people should be ineligible for pensions, OECD says
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State pensions in the UK should not be handed out to wealthy people in order to ensure that benefits for those on the lower end of the pay scale can be given out, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has said.

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27 Apr
UK 'could join US strikes on Syria' - Johnson
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Britain could join a US strike on Syria if a request was made by Washington, Foreign secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

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27 Apr
Plain cigarette packets could reduce UK smokers by 300,000
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The introduction of plain cigarette packaging could reduce the number of smokers in the UK by as many as 300,000, according to new research.

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26 Apr
Le Pen's long odds attract new punters to French political betting
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Gamblers have been piling in to bet on far-right candidate Marine Le Pen wrestling a surprise win over centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron next month, according to bookmakers.

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26 Apr
White House prepares executive order withdrawing from NAFTA
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The Trump administration is preparing an executive order to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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26 Apr
London close: FTSE higher ahead of Trump's tax reform unveiling
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Stocks in London ended Wednesday on a positive note ahead of US President Donald Trump's big unveiling of his much-anticipated tax reform proposals.

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26 Apr
Deutsche Bank executive warns Brexit could endanger 4,000 jobs
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One of Deutsche Bank's top executives has warned as many as 4,000 jobs at the lender could be at risk due to Britain's impending departure from the European Union.

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26 Apr
Commodities: Crude bounces off lows as EIA data shows fall in US inventories
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Crude futures bounced off earlier lows on Wednesday afternoon as US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data showed a surprise fall in inventories last week.

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