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23 Sep
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Half a billion jobs were lost around the world to Covid-19 in Q2

The novel coronavirus will exact a much higher toll on job markets around the world than previously feared, according to the global watchdog for labour.

23 Sep
Sunak considers German-style wage support - reports

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering replacing his furlough programme with German-style wage subsidies as part of measures to help businesses through the resurgence of Covid-19, according to reports.

22 Sep
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Pubs to shut at 10pm as government ramps up Covid-19 restrictions

The government has announced a fresh range of restrictions to be in place for at least six months after the number of Covid-19 cases surged.

21 Sep
HSBC hits 25-year low as allegations add to pressures

HSBC shares fell to a 25-year low as Britain's banks were affected by allegations of moving illicit money as well as renewed pressure from the resurgence of Covid-19.

21 Sep
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Unilever's Dutch shareholders back proposed unification

Unilever’s Dutch shareholders have voted to end the company’s historic dual-structure in favour of a single entity based in London.

18 Sep
US consumer confidence recovers in September as Democrats grow more optimistic

US consumer confidence overall rose back to its highs from April, having moved roughly sideways since then, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.

18 Sep
UK govt refuses to rule out second Covid lockdown

The UK government on Friday has refused to rule out a second national coronavirus lockdown as the number of infections continued to rise.

16 Sep
Global economy could recover in 2021 if stimulus kept up - OECD

The global economy could return to growth next year as better outlooks from the US and China combined with a “massive response” to the Covid-19 pandemic from other nations lessened GDP contraction, the OECD said on Wednesday.

14 Sep
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ByteDance rejects Microsoft offer for TikTok, partners with Oracle instead

Chinese tech company ByteDance has decided to reject Microsoft's bid to buy video app TikTok and partner with Oracle instead.

14 Sep
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Cameron joins ex-Tory PMs' criticism of Brexit bill

David Cameron has become the third former Tory prime minister to express concerns about the government's proposal to break international law over Brexit - though in weaker terms than John Major and Theresa May.

12 Sep
University of Oxford and AstraZeneca restart Covid-19 vaccine trial

The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca will resume trials of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate after receiving clearance from the UK's Medicines Health Regulatory Authority.

11 Sep
UK, Japan sign free trade deal

Britain and Japan agreed a free trade deal on Friday, the first since the UK left the European Union in January.

10 Sep
US cancels visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals

The United States revoked visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals, denying entry to students and researchers deemed security risks, the State Department said on Wednesday.

09 Sep
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Scotland and Wales warn new internal market bill harms UK unity

Scotland and Wales warned on Wednesday that the new internal market bill that was proposed by the British government will undermine the UK’s unity as it will steal power from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

08 Sep
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Government legal chief quits over proposed Brexit agreement changes - report

The pound dropped sharply on Tuesday, after reports that one of the government’s most senior legal experts had resigned over Downing Street proposals to challenge parts of the 2019 Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

08 Sep
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Global pharma bosses vow to put science first in race for Covid-19 vaccine

The bosses of nine of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies pledged to put science and safety first in the race to find a vaccine for Covid-19.

08 Sep
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Spain calls for harmonisation of travel restrictions

Spanish foreign minister Arantxa González Laya called for the harmonisation of European travel measures on Tuesday to limit problems for tourists and tourism operators during the pandemic.

08 Sep
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Julian Assange fights US extradition in London 'stop court

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is fighting against his extradition to the US in London’s top court this week after failing to delay the hearing on Monday.

08 Sep
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Brexit trade talks resume as EC president warns UK to respect International law

The president of the European Commission has warned the UK to respect international law as increasingly fraught trade negotiations between London and Brussels resumed on Tuesday.

07 Sep
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Chinese owner plans Thomas Cook revival

Travel company Thomas Cook could be relaunched in the near future as reports claim its Chinese owner is planning a revival of the name.