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Asia Business London North Korean U.S. 

Asia shares up as North Korea tensions ease, wary Fed weighs on dollar

August 17, 2017 By Nichola Saminather SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday as tensions between the United States and North Korea came off the boil, while the Federal Reserve’s concerns about weak U.S. inflation weighed on the dollar. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.5 percent. Japan’s Nikkei slipped 0.1 percent, weighed down by a stronger yen as the dollar wilted and shrugging off data showing the country’s exports rose for an eighth straight month in July. Australian shares gained 0.1 percent and the…

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England Lost Entertainment Facebook London political Top News 

England Lost: sardonic Mick Jagger releases two songs responding to Brexit

July 28, 2017 By Emma Rumney LONDON (Reuters) – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has released two politically charged songs targeting what he sees as the uncertainty and surrealism permeating politics in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump. One song, titled “England Lost”, represents Jagger’s mocking take on Britain’s split from the European Union. The second, “Get a Grip”, describes an “upside down” world full of “lunatics and clowns”. Jagger, 74, said on Facebook he had started writing the songs a few weeks ago in his first solo work…

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Britain Economy ESMA London Top News UK 

London asset managers face new Brexit threat

July 27, 2017 By Huw Jones, Anjuli Davies and Simon Jessop LONDON (Reuters) – British-based investment firms’ long-standing ability to manage billions of euros of assets elsewhere in Europe could be threatened by Brexit, new EU guidance suggests. Asset managers in London oversee funds worth 1.2 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion) in the EU – more than their peers in France, Germany and Italy combined, according to figures from UK industry body the Investment Association. Previously, many mangers had said they expected the impact of Brexit on their operations would be…

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Business Chris Williamson Economy London news Top News 

Euro zone factories round off first half of 2017 on six-year high: PMI

July 4, 2017 By Jonathan Cable LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Factories across the euro zone rounded off the first half of 2017 by ramping up activity at the fastest rate for over six years as rising prices failed to put a dent in orders, a survey showed on Monday. IHS Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for the euro zone rose to 57.4 in June, up from May’s 57.0 and pipping the preliminary reading of 57.3. June’s reading was the highest since April 2011 and was comfortably above the 50…

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Business conference Jason Lange London 

Fed says Yellen was hospitalized for a few days, returning to work this week

July 3, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was hospitalized over the weekend to treat a urinary tract infection while she was vacationing with her family in London, the Fed said in a statement on Monday. “She was admitted Friday and released Monday,” the Fed said. “She is returning to Washington, D.C., and expects to resume her schedule as planned this week.” It was unclear how serious Yellen’s condition was. Yellen, who is 70 years old and the most powerful figure in world finance, had a health…

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Entertainment London Michael Bond Paddington Bear Paul Sandle Top News 

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies aged 91

June 28, 2017 By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) – Michael Bond, the British creator of Paddington Bear, a marmalade sandwich-loving refugee from Peru who entertained generations of children with his exploits in London, died on Tuesday aged 91 after a short illness. Wearing a tag round his neck that read “Please look after this bear”, Paddington was named after the London railway station of the same name where he was found after a boat journey from “darkest Peru”, according to Bond’s 1958 story “A Bear called Paddington”. Bond said the…

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Business Fed December London offer state 

Wall St. falters as Senate delays health vote

June 27, 2017 By Lewis Krauskopf (Reuters) – The tech-heavy Nasdaq led a broad Wall Street decline on Tuesday with stocks falling more sharply after a healthcare bill was delayed in the U.S. Senate, raising fresh questions about President Trump’s domestic agenda. The benchmark S&P 500 posted its biggest one-day drop in about six weeks and closed at its lowest point since May 31. Major indexes extended losses after U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell decided to put off a planned vote on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care…

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anniversary Entertainment Harry Potter London thank you Top News 

At platform 9-3/4, Harry Potter fans mark 20 years of magic

June 27, 2017 By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) – Twenty years to the day after the first book in the Harry Potter series was published, fans gathered online and in the real world to express their enduring love for J.K. Rowling’s magical creation. Since “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” came out in 1997, with a first print run of just 500 copies, the series of seven novels has sold 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages and spawned a blockbuster movie franchise. The book appeared in the United States…

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Entertainment Kate Moss London Marc Quinn Patrick Johnston Top News 

British model Moss immortalized as mannequin-style sculpture

June 26, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – British supermodel Kate Moss has been stripped down and immortalized as a naked, armless mannequin in an advant-garde sculpture titled ‘MILF’, which has gone on display in London. The silicone sculpture of an expressionless Moss and her naked torso was unveiled at the Opera Gallery on Thursday, with the life-like piece priced at 25,000 pounds ($31,800). Artist Edgar Askelovic, who has previously depicted late British rock star David Bowie as half man-half dog, spent four months working from photographs of Moss on the piece,…

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Barry Gibb Bee Gees Entertainment London Pyramid Stage Top News 

Barry Gibb brings Bee Gee’s disco fever to Glasto’s legends slot

June 25, 2017 By Paul Sandle GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) – Barry Gibb brought some Sunday afternoon fever to the legends slot at Glastonbury Festival when he entertained a huge crowd with Bee Gees hits “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep is Your Love”, “Night Fever” and “Tragedy”. The songs all featured on the soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever”, released 40 years, and festival goers at the Pyramid Stage were dressed up and ready to play homage to the movie and music that defined disco. “Stayin’ Alive”, the first of a string of…

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