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Spain's Balearic Islands fine Airbnb €300,000 for illegally marketing apartments

The Balearic Islands regional government has fined Airbnb €300,000 for advertising homes whose owners didn't hold a licence for vacation rentals, a legal requirement since August 2017.

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DACA program expiration date looms amid deadlock on the Hill

Mike Pence has called on the US Congress to reach an agreement on immigration reform and funding for an extension of the border wall with Mexico just days after lawmakers' latest attempt at reaching a deal fell through, leaving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ever so close to expiring on 5 March.

Spanish 30-year bond auction meets strong demand

A Spanish government auction of 30-year bonds has been met with a flood of demand.

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German investor sentiment deteriorates less than expected in February - ZEW

German investor sentiment deteriorated less than expected in February, according to the latest survey from the ZEW Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim.

19 Feb
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Randgold, Glencore and other miners club together to fight Congo legislation

A group of mining companies, including Glencore and Randgold Resources, have banded together in an effort to halt legislative changes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

19 Feb
ECB halts payments from Latvian bank amid accusations of North Korean transactions

The European Central Bank halted payments by ABLV, one of Latvia's biggest banks, on Monday, amid accusations from the United States Treasury that the lender had been involved in money laundering and unauthorised transactions with the heavily sanctioned nation of North Korea.

19 Feb
Russia warns US not to "play with fire" in the Syrian conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned the US not to meddle in the Syrian conflict, accusing the Trump administration of trying to undermine the Arab Republic’s territorial integrity and of supporting the autonomy-seeking Kurds in order to further its own interests.

16 Feb
Cleaning and hygiene products contribute as much as cars to air pollution, study finds

A study has found that half of the the air-polluting particles, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in industrialized cities come from domestic cleaning and hygiene products, even as car-derived emissions decrease due to stricter government controls.

16 Feb
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Oxfam set to reform "porous system" that allowed sex offenders into organization

Oxfam says it will act on past and present allegations of exploitation and sexual harassment by staff in response to recent revelations of sexual misconduct.

16 Feb
US consumer sentiment hits second-highest level since 2004

US consumer sentiment rose to its second-highest level since 2004 in February despite lower and much more volatile stock prices, according to a reading from the University of Michigan.

16 Feb
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US housing starts surge past expectations in January

US housing starts surged past expectations last month, according to data released by the Commerce Department.

16 Feb
Steve Bannon refuses to answer questions in Russia inquiry

Steve Bannon, former strategy chief of President Donald Trump, has been questioned several times this week as part of the investigation into possible Russian intervention in the 2016 elections.

16 Feb
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UK retail sales grow less than expected in January

Retail sales in the UK grew less than expected in January, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

16 Feb
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Nigerian Oil producers defy OPEC and are eager to pump more

Independent Nigerian drillers want to supply more crude, in defiance of OPEC and Russia's pact to restrict output and boost prices.

16 Feb
India's PNB hit by $1.8bn worth of fraudulent operations

India’s Punjab National Bank (PNB) has uncovered a $1. 8bn fraud that benefited a small group of customers and could affect other banks.

15 Feb
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US homebuilder sentiment remains strong in February - NAHB

Sentiment among US homebuilders remained strong in February, according to data released on Thursday.

15 Feb
South African assets lifted as Ramaphosa replaces Zuma

Cyril Ramaphosa was voted in as President of South Africa, senior members of the African National Congress party confirmed on Thursday, lifting the rand and companies exposed to the currency.

15 Feb
US final demand PPI "solid" in January, economists say

Factory gate prices in the US rose more quickly than expected last month, driven by steep gains in energy costs, but economists said the underlying details were "solid" too.

15 Feb
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Jobless claims rise as expected

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose as expected last week, according to data released by the Labor Department.

15 Feb
Italy's election offers many risks but 'little chance of Italexit'

Italy's election early next month is unlikely to result in an 'Italexit' from the European Union, said Berenberg on Thursday, but is likely to see former leader Silvio Berlusconi emerge as a kingmaker and could still result in the country holding referendum on its membership of the euro and reverse recent labour reforms.