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LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s consumer confidence improved slightly this month on July’s one-year low, although the mood around economic prospects over the next year remained somber, a survey showed on Thursday. The monthly consumer sentiment index from market research firm GfK rose to -10 from -12 in July, confounding expectations for a fall
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British and European Union negotiators exchanged recriminations on Wednesday over a lack of progress in the latest round of talks on Britain’s withdrawal, with both sides demanding change to meet looming deadlines. Ahead of a planned Thursday morning news conference with his British counterpart David Davis, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier rejected
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LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has rekindled its industrial strategy, unveiled earlier this year to prepare the economy for Brexit, with plans to boost the country’s pharmaceuticals sector via fresh investments and public-private collaborations. A government-commissioned sector report by immunologist and geneticist John Bell called on Wednesday for more funding of basic science, new
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LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will look to ease corporate Japan’s worries about Brexit during a three-day visit to the country from Wednesday focused on progress on a bilateral trade deal for when Britain leaves the European Union. May’s first trip to Japan as prime minister comes at a difficult moment, with
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker blasted Britain’s failure to answer “huge numbers of questions” on its Brexit plans as negotiators held a new round of talks on Tuesday on a divorce due in less than two years. Hours after his chief negotiator Michel Barnier urged his British counterpart to “start negotiating seriously”
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LONDON (Reuters) – Optimism across Britain’s services sector fell during the three months to August, and companies felt the pinch from rising costs even though new business largely held up, an industry survey showed on Tuesday. The Confederation of British Industry’s quarterly report on the services sector, which produces the vast bulk of economic output
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LONDON (Reuters) – British police announced on Sunday a second arrest in connection with an assault on three police officers by a man armed with a four-foot sword outside London’s Buckingham Palace on Friday. A 30-year-old man was arrested at an address in West London on suspicion of being “involved in the commission, preparation or
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EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is announcing a policy shift which opens the possibility of the country remaining in the European Union’s single market and customs union for several years as part of a “soft” Brexit, a spokesman said on Saturday. The party would propose the same “basic terms” as Britain’s current
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(Reuters) – A man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) reached for a four-foot sword in his car and assaulted police officers outside Britain’s Buckingham Palace on Friday night, police said. Two officers suffered slight cuts as they detained the man, who was now being held by counter-terrorism officers, London’s Metropolitan Police said. The man
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EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Several people died when two lorries and a minibus collided on Britain’s main north-south motorway early on Saturday at the start of a busy bank holiday weekend, police said. Four others were injured in the collision just before 3.15 a.m. (0230 GMT) in the southbound lane of the M1 motorway, near the
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(Reuters) – A regional authority in Britain’s state-run health service was hit by a malware attack on Friday and warned people with non-emergency medical conditions to stay away from its hospitals. NHS Lanarkshire said in a Facebook post it was investigating and working to resolve the issue. bit.ly/2wbNQtG “I would ask that patients do not
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LONDON (Reuters) – A man with a knife who assaulted two police officers outside Buckingham Palace on Friday night has been arrested, British police said. The officers suffered minor injuries and did not need to be treated at hospital. The man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police near to
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EDINBURGH (Reuters) – “Hello. I’m Caitlin, and I’m an alcoholic.” A punchy dance performance at the Edinburgh Fringe shines a rare spotlight on Caitlin Thomas, whose husband Dylan was one of Britain’s greatest 20th century writers, and the brutal self-inflicted torture of an alcoholic relationship. The couple dance, drink, crawl, brawl and wrap themselves around
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will begin trials of semi-automated, wirelessly connected truck convoys on public roads by the end of 2018, in a bid to find more fuel-efficient ways to transport goods. Development of the technology has already started elsewhere in Europe and the United States. In April 2016, semi-autonomous trucks drove from factories in
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