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Friday, Nov 30

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Europe ready to offer Britain more time for a softer Brexit

European leaders are prepared to offer Britain a three-month extension to Article 50 to prevent parliamentary deadlock triggering a no-deal Brexit. Under plans being discussed in European capitals the EU would agree to extend Britain's…

British father among six G4s staff killed in Kabul suicide bombing by Taliban

A British father was among those killed during a Taliban attack on a G4S compound in Afghanistan. Luke Griffin, 33, from Merseyside, was one of five employees of the security company who died during the assault in Kabul on Wednesday night.…

Press regulator Impress takes more of Max Mosley's millions

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The state-recognised press regulator has signed a deal to accept another £2.85 million from a charitable trust set up by Max Mosley, the privacy campaigner. The funding means that Impress can stay afloat until 2022 despite regulating only…

Bank of England warns lenders to improve on stress tests

Big lenders face being named and shamed by the Bank of England if they fail to improve the models used in annual stress tests. The central bank could also force lenders it believes have inadequate systems for assessing risk to hold more…

Business rates rise 'will harm investment'

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Scotland's finance minister has been warned that higher business rates for out-of-town retailers could damage the country's competitiveness and stop companies investing. Some 21 organisations have written to Derek Mackay urging him to…

Macclesfield give Sol Campbell overdue chance to back up his talk

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The right time at the right place, Sol Campbell called it as he held court yesterday in the Sammy McIlroy suite at Macclesfield Town, who are bottom of the Football League. In reality, neither the time nor the place was what he had in mind…

Apple plans iSheet to snoop on your snooze

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Apple has sold more than a billion iPhones and iPads that cater to our every waking whim. Now, it is poised to move into the realm of sleep with the iSheet — a “smart” bed covering linked to a camera to record users' slumbers. The company…

Opposition TDs criticise data showing drop in homelessness

The number of families in emergency accommodation has fallen but the total number has risen slightly, figures show. Eoghan Murphy, the housing minister, yesterday published his department's October homelessness report, detailing the number…

A plastic ban is not so fantastic, say academics

A ban on plastics would wreak huge damage on the environment, doubling global energy use and tripling greenhouse gas fumes, experts say. A multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, social scientists and economists concluded that…

Get ready for UK recession, European Central Bank says

European financial regulators have told banks to prepare for a UK recession in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The warning, which followed a scenario set out by the Bank of England on Wednesday in which the UK economy could shrink by 8 per…

Frankfurt expects 10000 jobs as banks quit London

Industry leaders in Frankfurt expect that 10,000 jobs will be created in the German city because of Britain leaving the EU. Frankfurt Main Finance, a lobby group, believes banks will transfer assets worth between €750 billion and €800…

Brendan Rodgers eager for a special night to steer Celtic home

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Brendan Rodgers insisted that Celtic will go for a victory in their final Europa League group game against RB Salzburg even though a draw will be enough to qualify for a place in the last 32. Scott Sinclair's header gave Celtic victory…

Intu takeover bid collapses amid Brexit volatility fear

The shadow over Britain's shopping centre owners grew yesterday after a £2.9 billion takeover bid for Intu Properties was abandoned. Intu was jilted for the second time this year after the collapse of a proposed deal backed by Brookfield,…

Thursday, Nov 29

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Chinese and Indian students driving growth in non-EU net migration

Campaigners say rise to 14-year high suggests Brexit supporters' focus on European movement has been too narrow. Richard Ford reports. new. The number of visas issued for skilled workers, students and families have all risen for non-EU…

Google staff at war over China project

Google employees have taken opposing sides over the company's censored search engine for China. After it was reported yesterday that hundreds of workers had signed an open letter opposing the company's work in the country, a rival petition…

England's embarrassment of riches means they should keep Manu Tuilagi as late trump card

Based on the final 11 minutes of the demolition of Australia, one of England's most interesting questions to ponder is whether Eddie Jones is set on bulldozing his way through the centre of opposition defences? Throughout the majority of…

Review: Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall

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In performance in this exalted recital, Christian Gerhaher's right hand never strayed from the lieder recitalist's default position, clutching the edge of the piano's right side. Far better that than hands constantly clutched in agony;…

Waist not want not: Chinese workers lose pay if they don't exercise

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Chinese companies worried about the expanding waistlines of their employees are demanding that they hit exercise targets or have their pay docked. China now has more obese people than the United States. In a move that has sparked debate…

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Brexit: EU not sold on my frictionless trade idea, Theresa May admits

Theresa May has told MPs that the European Union has yet to be convinced that there should be frictionless trade with the UK after Brexit. Giving evidence to heads of the Commons select committees this morning, the prime minister said: “If…

British G4S employee among dead in Taliban attack

A Briton was among five G4S employees killed in a Taliban attack in Kabul yesterday. A car bomb exploded outside the G4S compound in east Kabul. The attackers then entered the building on foot, killing ten people and injuring 32. Several…

Review: Ralegh: The Treason Trial at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, SE1

There is a good play to be written about the trial for treason of the former royal favourite Walter Ralegh — we'll get to how you should spell and indeed say his name a bit later — in the winter of 1603. What this undoubtedly impassioned…

Georgia elects former French diplomat as president

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A former French diplomat has been elected the first female national president of Georgia after an election run-off. Salome Zurabishvili, 66, stood as an independent candidate in the former Soviet state but was strongly supported by the…

'Romantic eccentric' Stephen Kenny could be perfect fit for Ireland

At a point in their history when they are defined by what they do not have, Ireland have turned to the master of nothing. Stephen Kenny's inheritance at Dundalk six years ago was a ramshackle stadium the club did not own, no training…

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Trump hints at a pardon for Paul Manafort

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President Trump has indicated he may grant a pardon to his former campaign manager who has been convicted of financial crimes and faces jail. In a newspaper interview Mr Trump said yesterday that although the idea of pardoning Paul…

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City Racing will take horses into urban areas to appeal to a younger audience

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A new form of racing designed to attract younger fans is set to start in major cities around the world next year. The initiative is being compared in its potential with the Twenty20 revolution that changed cricket. Subject to various…

Ghosn denies moving trade loss to Nissan

A lawyer acting for Carlos Ghosn has said that the former Nissan chairman, who is under arrest in Japan for alleged tax evasion and misuse of company funds, has denied allegations that he transferred personal trading losses to Nissan.…

Father of Italian populist Luigi Di Maio 'hired illegal staff'

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The head of Italy's Five Star party, which has promised to tackle corruption, is facing intense criticism over claims that his father hired illegal workers at his construction company. Luigi Di Maio, who is the labour minister and deputy…

England manager Gareth Southgate impresses coaching peers at UK Sport conference

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Gareth Southgate has impressed Britain's Olympic coaches by sharing the secrets of England's successful World Cup experience. He revealed how darts matches were used to break down barriers between players and the media. The England manager…

Kremlin mocks West for backing Kiev in naval dispute

President Putin called Ukraine's imposition of martial law a cynical pre-election ploy by its unpopular leader. He also mocked western allies for their “short-sighted” support for Kiev after Russia arrested 24 Ukrainian sailors and opened…

Squeezing more from the middle class

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These should be golden times for wealth managers. The affluent middle classes are getting richer. They also are more in need of handholding and advice because of the complexity of the new pension freedoms, the exotic number of investment…