NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
15 Dec
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70% chance of Trump attacking North Korea if it continues its military tests

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%.

15 Dec
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Brexit: EU leaders agree to move to second phase of talks

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.

15 Dec
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Scottish alcohol prices could soar 90% with new minimum unit price

The Scottish government is set to implement a minimum 50p unit price for alcohol on 1 May 2018, which will have the greatest effect on beer and cider.

15 Dec
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FCA fines tally falls to 15-year low

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.

14 Dec
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Scotland introduces income tax raise for top earners

The Scottish government has announced it will increase the tax paid by the country’s highest earners, as it bids to raise extra money to fund wage increases in the public sector.

14 Dec
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Heathrow to consult public over third runway - but not about noise

The public will be able to comment on Heathrow’s third runway as part of a consultation carried out by the airport from January, though the plans are being criticised for not including information on new flight paths.

14 Dec
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Dash: The latest cryptocurrency gaining traction

Blockchain is the base of the cryptocurrency boom. Although Bitcoin is the most famous of these currencies, it is not the only one. Dash is one of the many alternatives, but it has one key difference from the rest of the new currencies springing up.

14 Dec
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BoE expects gradual and limited policy tightening over medium-term

The Bank of England kept policy on hold by a unanimous vote as had been widely-anticipated given previous guidance for a very gradual pace of tightening over the medium-term.

14 Dec
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Google trends reveal the most searched terms of 2017

Bitcoin, the increasingly popular cryptocurrency has dominated Google’s top searches this year.

14 Dec
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Worldwide inequality grows as richest 0.1% grab more wealth

The 2018 World Inequality Report shows the dramatic rise in inequality in recent decades caused by unequal ownership of capital, privatisation of public assets and limp tax policies.

14 Dec
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Ifo bumps up German growth forecasts

The Ifo Institute bumped up its German growth forecasts for next year as it highlighted strength in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

14 Dec
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Eurozone manufacturing PMI hits highest level on record in December - IHS Markit

Business activity in the eurozone accelerated in December, with manufacturing activity at a record high, according to figures released on Thursday.

14 Dec
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UK retail sales flatter to deceive thanks to Black Friday effect

UK retail sales increased much more than expected last month due to a statistical anomaly caused by Black Friday.

13 Dec
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Video stream users may be exposed to hidden cryptocurrency mining

Popular video streaming sites have a secret embedded code that mines cryptocurrencies through visitors' computers.

13 Dec
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Connected cars may help Highways England spot potholes

Highways England, the government body responsible for roads, could receive as much as £30bn for the next Road Investment Strategy (RIS2).

13 Dec
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Tech firms to be liable for extremist, abusive content on their platforms.

Theresa May has said that that the government will force tech firms such as Facebook and Twitter to remove extremist content from their platforms quickly or face fines.

13 Dec
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Tillerson says US is ready for talks with North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States is open to communication with North Korea 'without preconditions'.

13 Dec
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UK wage growth flatters to deceive as jobless claims hit five-month high

UK wage growth is picking up slightly but still remains well short of inflation, while the number of people claiming unemployment benefit reached a five-month high.