POLITICAL NEWS
15 Dec
Week ahead: US data, Catalan elections in focus
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The focus in the coming week will continue to be on the ebb and flow of data out of the US, including Republicans' progress on securing passage of their tax cuts.

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15 Dec
FCC votes to end net neutrality in US
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The Federal Communications Commission has voted to revoke net neutrality legislation introduced by Barack Obama in order to limit the power of large telecoms firms.

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15 Dec
70% chance of Trump attacking North Korea if it continues its military tests
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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham puts the odds of the Trump administration ordering an attack on North Korea if it performs another nuclear test at 70%.

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15 Dec
Brexit: EU leaders agree to move to second phase of talks
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European Union leaders have agreed to start the next phase of Brexit negotiations on Friday, having given Prime Minister Theresa May's overnight speech a warm reception.

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15 Dec
Luxembourg appeals EU ruling for Amazon to collect €250m in unpaid taxes
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Luxembourg is mounting a challenge to an EU ruling which ordered it to collect €250m in unpaid taxes from US tech giant Amazon.

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15 Dec
FCA fines tally falls to 15-year low
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The number of fines imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority in 2017 has fallen to the lowest since 2002 when modern regulation of the City was in its infancy.

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14 Dec
Commons defeat cranks up pressure on May ahead of Brussels summit
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Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat in the House of Commons overnight as dissenters from her own party joined opposition MPs in backing an amendment which requires a parliamentary vote on the final Brexit deal.

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14 Dec
Brexit transition agreement 'urgent', MPs warn government
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MPs on parliament's Treasury Committee have warned the government that an agreement to implement a post-Brexit transition deal must be completed in a matter of weeks, or the UK economy will begin to be adversely affected.

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13 Dec
Tillerson says US is ready for talks with North Korea
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States is open to communication with North Korea 'without preconditions'.

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13 Dec
Republican candidate Moore defeated in Alabama in major blow to Trump
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Donald Trump was dealt a major blow on Tuesday after Republican candidate Roy Moore was defeated by Democrat rival Doug Jones in a senate election in the GOP stronghold of Alabama.

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13 Dec
Brexit: Theresa May could be facing defeat over withdrawal bill
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The British government is facing a rebellion in parliament after MPs requested an amendment calling for a “meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal before it is made final.

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12 Dec
Theresa May unveils new climate change policies in Paris summit

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced new environmental policies including a £140m fund to help developing countries battle against the negative effects of climate change.

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12 Dec
Facebook to overhaul its tax structure worldwide
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Facebook will move its global tax and revenue base from Ireland and begin booking advertising locally in every country where it operates.

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12 Dec
UK worse off under almost all Brexit scenarios, says US thinktank
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Britain would lose 4. 9% of its GDP over a decade at a cost of £105bn if it left the European Union without a deal and operated under World Trade Organisation rules, according to the US Rand Corporation thinktank.

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12 Dec
Trump accuses Democrats of plot after sexual harassment claims
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US President Donald Trump has claimed Democrats are behind a series of sexual harassment claims made against him this week.

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12 Dec
EU Brexit negotiator says David Davis comments 'undermine trust'
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Brexit secretary David Davis’ claim that the deal agreed by the UK and European Union last week is not binding has been branded “unacceptable” by bloc negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, who added that it “undermines trust” between the two teams.

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12 Dec
BA, RBS and Porsche hired surveillance firms to spy on campaign groups
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Leaked documents reveal that five large companies have paid for corporate intelligence services to spy on political groups and environmental activists who might pose problems for their business.

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12 Dec
UK employer hiring outlook reaches lowest level since 2012
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UK employers are reticent about hiring new workers as we head into 2018 and in some sectors are even 'stockpiling' employees on long-term contracts to avoid a potential skills exodus after Brexit.

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11 Dec
Brussels questions legality of deporting EU homeless from UK
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Since the referendum, the rate of deportations of EU citizens from Britain has risen dramatically, especially that of rough sleepers, with 5000 EU citizens having been deported from the UK in the past 12 months.

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11 Dec
Protests break out in Catalonia as artworks are removed from museum
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Spanish police have clashed with some protesters outside a museum in the city of Lleida in Catalonia after 44 artworks were removed from the building in order to be sent back to the neighbouring region Aragón.

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