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Radiohead take aim at ‘strong and stable’ May at Glastonbury

June 24, 2017 By Paul Sandle GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) – Britain’s Radiohead returned to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Friday, 20 years after a legendary performance at the festival, with a set that mocked Prime Minister Theresa May’s election campaign and pulled songs from nearly all of their albums. The band from Oxfordshire, England, first headlined in 1997, one of the wettest years in the festival’s history, when they lifted a sodden crowd with music from their album “OK Computer”. Featuring songs about alienation, capitalism and modern technology, the band’s third…

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Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

June 20, 2017 By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in “Lincoln” and “Gangs of New York.” Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private. “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” his publicist, Leslee Dart, said in a statement. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over…

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France’s Orange to cut stake in BT Group

June 19, 2017 PARIS (Reuters) – French telecoms company Orange plans to reduce its stake in British rival BT Group from 4 percent to as little as 1.33 percent, it said on Monday. Shares in BT, Britain’s biggest telecoms operator, have underperformed those of its European peers of late, falling by about 21 percent since the start of the year after an accounting scandal in Italy forced the group to cut forecasts for the next two years. Orange said in a statement that it plans to initially lower its BT…

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Businesses warn UK over freedom of movement as Brexit talks begin: think tanks

June 18, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – Britain should ensure that employers retain access to both skilled and unskilled workers from the European Union as it begins talks to leave the bloc or there is a risk of damaging UK businesses, a research report by two think tanks said on Monday. With Britain’s negotiations on the terms of its departure from the EU set to begin on Monday, the country risks skills shortages and losing business if it ends freedom of movement without a new plan for attracting workers, the report…

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So, is it actually the euro zone that’s strong and stable?

June 17, 2017 By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) – The deluge of cash poured into the euro zone economy in recent years by the European Central Bank appears to have finally resulted in solid – and more importantly, steady – economic growth, along with rising inflationary pressures. To borrow a phrase from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s ill-fated election campaign, it’s beginning to look strong and stable. As well as cutting borrowing costs to rock bottom, the European Central Bank has bought well over a trillion euros of mainly government…

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UK to step up support for start-ups, infrastructure ahead of EU exit

June 15, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will step up the level of financial support it provides to everything from small start-ups to major infrastructure projects in a bid to help the economy as the country leaves the European Union. British projects and businesses can currently bid for financing from the European Investment Bank, which has provided around 48 billion euros for transport, energy, housing and water investments across the country. Similarly, start-ups in sectors such as tech and life sciences can draw on support from the European…

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Sterling drops as May seen falling short of majority

June 9, 2017 By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) – Sterling saw its biggest daily fall since January before recovering some ground on Friday after exit polls and election results unexpectedly pointed to Prime Minister Theresa May losing her parliamentary majority in Britain’s election. The shock of a result that raises questions about how Britain will advance with its plan to leave the European Union, and whether any party can form a stable government, initially sank the pound by 2 percent against both the dollar and euro. But with projections still…

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Comey relief buoys Wall Street; energy falls with crude

June 7, 2017 By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday despite a sharp decline in energy shares after written testimony from former FBI director James Comey did not add major revelations about an investigation into Russian meddling with last year’s U.S. presidential election. Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, wrote that U.S. President Donald Trump asked him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But the details of Comey’s testimony, expected to be delivered Thursday to a Senate Committee,…

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Ariana Grande becomes British heroine with Manchester concert

June 6, 2017 By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. pop star Ariana Grande, hardly a household name in Britain before a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her Manchester concert in May, has emerged as a national heroine there following an emotional televised benefit performance. In the days following Grande’s sold-out show on Sunday, which raised some $3 million for a victims fund and became the UK’s most-watched TV broadcast of the year, Britons have embraced the 23-year-old singer. They have called for her to be formally honored…

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