18 May
Trump warns Kim Jong-Un to strike a deal or suffer the same fate as Gaddafi

US President Donald Trump contradicted his national security adviser John Bolton and said the 'Libya model' for denuclearisation is not the way forward with North Korea, but said it was a possibility if both countries don’t strike a deal in the near future.

18 May
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Theresa May's new customs plan could keep UK aligned with EU past 2020

Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed a new Brexit customs plan aimed to break the deadlock the UK government is facing over the future relationship with the EU post-2020 faced some problems on Thursday.

18 May
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Italy's 5 Star, League agree coalition deal

Italy's Five Star Movement and the right-wing League parties on Friday agreed a deal to govern the country, promising tax changes, a basic income for the poor and pension reforms.

18 May
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China-USA trade talks stumble

China has denied offering to reduce its annual trade surplus with the US by $200bn through increased imports of American products, rebuffing earlier reports in American media.

17 May
Europe close: Italian coalition talks, global trade tensions in focus

The main share indices on the Continent finished with across-the-board gains as markets waited on the details of the government coalition deal between Italy's two main anti-establishment parties, the Five Star and the League.

17 May
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Oil reaches $80 mark for the first time since 2014

A warning from the head of France's Total that it will stop development of a key Iranian gas field has pushed oil prices back above $80 a barrel for the first time since 2014.

17 May
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US Philly Fed index rockets in May, hiring strengthens

Perhaps the most closely-followed lead indicator for factory sector activity in the States jumped past forecasts in May as new orders rocketed.

17 May
US weekly unemployment claims increase by more than expected

US jobless claims for last week increased by moderately more than markets were expecting.

17 May
NHS outsourcing deal with Capita 'put patients at risk'

Outsourcing NHS services to private company Capita is resulting in “widespread failures”, the UK’s spending watchdog has said.

16 May
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US oil inventories slip as exports jump, DoE says

Inventories of crude oil and its derivative products in the States were lower across the board last week amid rising exports.

16 May
US industrial production falls short of forecasts in March

US industrial production fell short of forecasts last month despite a sharp jump in the output of business equipment.

16 May
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US housing starts peak in April, economists say

A key gauge of housing market activity in the US turned down last month, although the details of the report were somewhat stronger, according to economists.

16 May
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North Korea threatens to call off US summit over nuclear demands

North Korea said it will not engage in economic trade with the US in exchange for its denuclearization and threatened to cancel the upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong-Un and US president Donald Trump.

16 May
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Italian bonds rise as 5 Star, League economic plans leaked

Italian bond yields rose sharply on Wednesday after a plan by the populist 5 Star and League parties leaked revealing they want to write off €250bn (£220bn) in European Central Bank debt as part of a deal to govern in coalition.

16 May
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Eurozone inflation confirmed at 1.2% in April

Annual inflation in the eurozone slowed to 1. 2% in April from 1. 3% the month before, well below the European Central Bank's target of close to but under 2%, data from Eurostat confirmed on Wednesday.

15 May
Fed's Kaplan closely watching US Treasury yield curve

Be careful not to force an inversion in the Treasury yield curve, a top US central bank official said on Tuesday.

15 May
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Facebook 'fails to answer' parliamentary committee questions

Facebook failed to answer 39 questions concerning data privacy and fake news posed to the company by parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the group's chairman said on Tuesday.

15 May
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NAHB housing market index ticks up in May

Sentiment among US housebuilders improved in May, according to data released on Tuesday.

15 May
Empire State manufacturing gauge improves in May

The Federal Reserve bank of New York's Empire State gauge jumped in May, helped by a stronger-than-expected print on new orders.

15 May
US retail sales edge past forecasts in April

US retail sales edged past forecasts in April on the back of upwards revisions to figures for the prior month.