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Oil prices plunge as Russia feuds with Saudi Arabia
A Kuwaiti trader checks stock prices at Boursa Kuwait in Kuwait City, on March 8, 2020. - Kuwait Boursa authorities stopped trading after the Premier Index slumped 10 percent while the All-Sh
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Oil prices plunge as Russia feuds with Saudi Arabia

Riyadh is retaliating against Moscow’s refusal to cut oil production in response to coronavirus
9 Mar 2020
Coronavirus lockdown: will Italy’s new policy work?
A gondola on an empty Grand Canal in Venice
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Coronavirus lockdown: will Italy’s new policy work?

As more countries face large-scale outbreaks, stringent quarantines enforced in Italy and China might be used more widely
9 Mar 2020
Greece at simmering point as refugee crisis grows
Refugees scuffle with riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos
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Greece at simmering point as refugee crisis grows

Turkey has opened its border to 3.6 million displaced Syrians, causing tumult in neighbouring Greece
9 Mar 2020
What the end of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign means
CAMBRIDGE, MA - MARCH 5: Senator Elizabeth Warren addresses the media hours after dropping out of the Democratic presidential race in Cambridge, MA on March 5, 2020. I will not be running for
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What the end of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign means

With Warren out of the picture, like Bloomberg the day before, the race has narrowed to two viable candidates to take on Trump in November
6 Mar 2020
Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed shamed by UK court
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 21:Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumm poses on day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
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Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed shamed by UK court

A civil judgement has found UAE’s prime minister, a prominent member of British society, has abusively controlled the women around him
6 Mar 2020
Opec to cut oil production as coronavirus hits
Abdulaziz bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's energy minister, fifth left, stands with other delegates for a minutes silence to pay tribute to the recently deceased Fadhil Chalabi, former acting secre
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Opec to cut oil production as coronavirus hits

Plummeting prices mean oil-selling nations want production cut, but they must act together and Russia seems reluctant
6 Mar 2020
Israel: third time lucky for Benjamin Netanyahu?
Benjamin Netanyahu
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Israel: third time lucky for Benjamin Netanyahu?

The prime minister outperformed predictions in Monday’s election, but has again failed to win a majority in the Knesset
5 Mar 2020
Is the US-Taliban peace deal already collapsing?
Taliban peace deal
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Is the US-Taliban peace deal already collapsing?

The pact allows for some limited violence, but the Taliban is testing it with unbridled attacks
5 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: what the Bank of England can do
A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks past the the Bank of England in the City of London
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Coronavirus: what the Bank of England can do

Economic disruption looking more serious by the day, but interest rates are already very low
5 Mar 2020
Troubled Aston Martin loses over £100m in 2019
Aston Martin's DBX SUV is seen at its world premiere in Beijing on November 20, 2019. - Aston Martin launched its first ever SUV in the Chinese capital on November 20. (Photo by GREG BAKER /
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Troubled Aston Martin loses over £100m in 2019

The luxury car builder continues to plunge deeper into the red, and its £500 million bailout boost has been tarnished by coronavirus fears
28 Feb 2020
Will Israel’s third election in a year produce a government?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters during a Likud party campaign rally in Jerusalem on February 26, 2020. To his right stands his wife Sarah. - Next week's election
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Will Israel’s third election in a year produce a government?

Some polls have Netanyahu edging ahead despite corruption charges, but most expect yet another stalemate
28 Feb 2020
Coronavirus: where do things stand and where are they going?
Mask-clad commuters make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on February 28, 2020. - Tokyo's key Nikkei index plunged nearly three percent at th
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Coronavirus: where do things stand and where are they going?

The virus has spread rapidly outside China and now has ‘pandemic potential’
28 Feb 2020
Blackstone buys £5bn of UK student accommodation
The University of Edinburgh taken on 22 June 2014.
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Blackstone buys £5bn of UK student accommodation

Revenue from UK higher education is booming, fuelled in part by increased demand from overseas
27 Feb 2020
Why protesters are bringing Canada to a halt
Canada protests
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Why protesters are bringing Canada to a halt

Demonstrators are crippling road, rail and sea links in solidarity with First Nations leaders attempting to block a gas pipeline
27 Feb 2020
The impact of coronavirus on the world - region by region
Rome
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The impact of coronavirus on the world - region by region

Rapid spread of infection is striking fear into governments and populations
27 Feb 2020
Is Bernie Sanders unstoppable?
TOPSHOT - Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders shake hands with supporters after Sanders addressed a rally at the Abraham Chave
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Is Bernie Sanders unstoppable?

His opponents are divided, and his campaign - radically left by US standards - has united a broad coalition of voters
24 Feb 2020
The Sun reveals £68m loss as Murdoch’s tabloid struggles
BROXBOURNE, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 25:(EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE IS FREE FOR USE UNTIL MARCH 3 2012)In this handout photograph provided by News International, Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and C
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The Sun reveals £68m loss as Murdoch’s tabloid struggles

Most losses come as paper continues to reach settlements for the phone-hacking scandal, a problem compounded by falling print sales
24 Feb 2020
Coronavirus hits Italy as fears of global pandemic rise
Man and woman stroll through the city with protective masks and sanitizing gels to counteract the possible infection of the ''CoronaVirus'',Milan,Italy, February 23,2020 (Photo by Andrea Diod
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Coronavirus hits Italy as fears of global pandemic rise

Eleven towns in northern Italy are on lockdown, as experts warn the window to prevent a pandemic is narrowing
24 Feb 2020
Morgan Stanley agrees $13bn deal to acquire ETrade
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 20: A sign is posted in the exterior of an E*Trade office on February 20, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Morgan Stanley announced plans to buy online
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Morgan Stanley agrees $13bn deal to acquire ETrade

The huge deal is an attempt by the Wall Street lender to diversify and access high numbers of low-risk digital retail investors
21 Feb 2020
A million trapped Syrians face pitiless government onslaught
IDLIB, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 20: A displaced Syrian girl runs in a refugee camp in Atmeh village near the Syrian-Turkish border on February 20, 2020 in Idlib, Syria. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyi
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A million trapped Syrians face pitiless government onslaught

The UN has warned that ‘the biggest humanitarian horror story of the 21st century’ could be about to happen
21 Feb 2020
Why is Roger Stone’s sentencing so controversial?
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: Roger Stone, former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, with his wife Nydia arrives at E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse on February 20, 2020 in
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Why is Roger Stone’s sentencing so controversial?

The sentence is lower than first proposed, but whether or not that’s Trump’s doing, his efforts to help his ally shocked his critics
21 Feb 2020
How can Bloomberg enter the presidential race so late?
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 19: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (R) gestures as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg listen
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How can Bloomberg enter the presidential race so late?

Bloomberg short-circuited the normal timeframe for a campaign with his vast fortune, bringing his rivals’ ire in Las Vegas last night
20 Feb 2020
EU seeks to break big tech monopolies
European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager(L) and EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton (R) give a press conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Februa
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EU seeks to break big tech monopolies

Brussels sets out an ambitious strategy for legislation to contend with rapidly advancing technology and monopolistic big tech
20 Feb 2020
Libya peace talks collapse after rocket attack
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - FEBRUARY 18: Smoke rises after warlord Khalifa Haftarâs forces launched an attack on a port near the Martyrs' Square, where celebration events marking the 9th anniversary of
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Libya peace talks collapse after rocket attack

Both sides in the civil war, supported by powerful foreign governments, seem increasingly intent on fighting their way to total victory
20 Feb 2020
JCB cuts production as coronavirus component shortage hits
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29:JCB earth movers parked at one of the JC Bamford Excavators Ltd. plants in Uttoxeter, U.K., on Wednesday Oct. 29, 2008. Workers at JCB, a closely held U.K. manufac
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JCB cuts production as coronavirus component shortage hits

The company joins a list of global companies enacting similar measures as the economic impact of Covid-19 proliferates
14 Feb 2020
Are the US and Taliban about to end two decades of war?
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 13: U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a press conference as part of NATO Defense Ministers' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on February 13, 2020. (Photo by D
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Are the US and Taliban about to end two decades of war?

Washington has agreed a seven-day reduction of violence with the Taliban that could begin the end of the nearly 19-year war
14 Feb 2020
Who is Rishi Sunak and what sort of chancellor will he be?
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak
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Who is Rishi Sunak and what sort of chancellor will he be?

Sunak is a Conservative rising star, but No. 10 has neutered his high-profile new office
14 Feb 2020
Can BP become carbon neutral?
BP CEO Bernard Looney
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Can BP become carbon neutral?

The oil giant has said it’s aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
13 Feb 2020
Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests
Pope Francis
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Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests

Progressives hoped the pontiff would make an exception to the 1,000-year-old tradition in the Amazon region
13 Feb 2020
Did Trump intervene to reduce Roger Stone’s sentence?
Donald Trump
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Did Trump intervene to reduce Roger Stone’s sentence?

The president has come out swinging after his impeachment acquittal
13 Feb 2020
Spotify aims for podcast dominance with The Ringer deal
Spotify logo displayed on a smart phone
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Spotify aims for podcast dominance with The Ringer deal

The audio streaming giant wants to move with consumer tastes, and lessen its dependency on music
6 Feb 2020
How to become a peer in the House of Lords
The House of Lords
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How to become a peer in the House of Lords

Ken Clarke and Phillip Hammond look likely to end up in ermine - but Bercow snubbed by party
6 Feb 2020
Germany shaken as far-right plays regional kingmaker
Berlin protest
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Germany shaken as far-right plays regional kingmaker

Alternative fur Deutschland has voted alongside centrist parties to shatter the post-war consensus
6 Feb 2020
Streatham terror attack: what we know
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 02: Police emergency services are seen at the site of an incident after a man has been shot dead by police in South London following stabbing several people
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Streatham terror attack: what we know

Attacker was recently released from prison after conviction on 13 terror charges
3 Feb 2020
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