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Airbus scraps A380 superjumbo jet as sales slump

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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled the plug on its struggling A380 superjumbo, which entered service just 12 years ago. Airbus said last deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which cost about $25bn to develop, would be made in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates, the largest A380 customer, cut its order. The A380 faced fierce competition from smaller, ...

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EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money blacklist, upsets UK, U.S

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The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and four U.S. territories to a blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. The move is part of a crackdown on money laundering after several scandals at EU banks, but it has been criticised by several EU ...

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Brexit: US ambassador to UK Johnson warns on trade deal

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Donald Trump’s offer of a “quick, massive, bilateral trade deal” will not be possible if Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement is approved, the US ambassador to the UK has warned. President Trump had previously said her Brexit proposal sounded like a “great deal for the EU”. Woody Johnson told the BBC the UK was “in need of leadership” over Brexit. ...

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Nigeria’s first gold refinery to triple capacity in 5 years

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Nigeria’s first gold refinery is expected to more than triple its capacity within five years after operations begin next June, an executive at the company developing it said on Tuesday. Nere Teriba, vice chairman of local firm Kian Smith Trade & Co, said the refinery would initially be able to produce three tonnes per month of gold and one tonne ...

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World Bank announces $200 billion for Climate Action

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The World Bank Group today announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. The new plan significantly boosts support for adaptation and resilience, recognizing mounting climate change impacts on lives and livelihoods, especially in the world’s poorest countries. The plan ...

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Kweku Adoboli, ex-UBS trader deported to Ghana

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Kweku Adoboli, the former UBS trader convicted of fraud, has been deported to Ghana, despite a long campaign to keep him in Britain. His lawyer confirmed he was flown out of Heathrow Airport in the evening of November 14th, 2018 after being detained in Scotland on Monday. Adoboli, aged 38 and who has lived in the UK for 26 years, ...

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UK economy grows at fastest rate since late 2016

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The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to September, with warm weather boosting consumer spending, the Office for National Statistics said. The figure for the third quarter is in line with predictions from the Bank of England and other forecasters. However, buoyant growth in July was offset by a slowdown in August and September. It is the highest ...

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Wal-Mart triples online items, lowers prices as holiday season kicks in

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc is planning to boost sales and fend off rivals this holiday season by doubling down on incentives for shoppers who buy online and those who visit its stores. The world’s largest retailer said it tripled its online selections for the holiday season to 60 million items, and that it would provide free two-day shipping on more than ...

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Spanish tensions bar Europe from global stocks party

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Global stock markets hit a record high on Wednesday with investors in exuberant mood in the United States overnight and in Asia later, but sentiment in Europe was soured by a political crisis gathering steam in Spain. Tensions between Madrid and Catalonia have risen since the wealthy region held an independence referendum on Sunday that was tarnished by police violence. ...

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EU takes Ireland to court for not claiming Apple tax windfall

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The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) of tax due from Apple Inc (AAPL.O), a move labeled as “regrettable” by Dublin. The Commission ordered the U.S. tech giant in August 2016 to pay the unpaid taxes as it ruled ...

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