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Pound slips on Article 50 date

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The value of the pound slipped as the government said it would officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Sterling had risen against the dollar in morning trade, but the news that Article 50 would be triggered on 29 March sent it lower. The pound […]

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Beauty and the Beast breaks box office records

[ad_1] Image copyright AP Image caption Emma Watson stars in Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast has enchanted film fans on its opening weekend – taking $350m (£282m) around the world. The film took $170m (£137m) at North American box offices alone and broke a load of records in the process. It had […]

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Blurred lines?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shipowners and traders meet in shipping agency Lloyd’s of London’s coffeehouse in 1863 Almost a decade ago, I tried to place a bet with a leading UK betting shop that I would die within a year. They should have taken the bet – I am still alive. But […]

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'Out of control'

[ad_1] Image copyright Enabled Employment Image caption Jessica’s own troubles inspired her to set up a business to help others in a similar situation Jessica May was moving quickly up the career ladder until she was tripped up by mental illness. Following the birth of her first child, Jessica developed a problem with her thyroid […]

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G20 finance ministers drop anti-protectionist pledge

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Finance ministers from world’s biggest economies have dropped an anti-protectionist commitment after opposition from the US. G20 ministers left the two-day meeting without renewing their long-standing pledge to bolster free trade. Last year, the group of the world’s 20 largest economies vowed to “resist all forms of protectionism”. But since then, […]

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Brazil meat-packing giants 'exported rotten beef'

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brazil is one of the world’s top meat producers and exporters The authorities in Brazil suspended 33 government officials amid allegations that some of the country’s biggest meat processors have been selling rotten beef and poultry for years. Three meat processing plants have also been closed and another 21 […]

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What a £1 coin could have made since 1983

[ad_1] Investing a £1 coin when it entered circulation in 1983 could have seen its real value grow more than tenfold, according to an investment firm. The current £1 coin will be discontinued this year, as a 12-sided coin enters circulation on 28 March. Asset manager M&G has calculated that, if left in a piggy […]

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Any old Joe

[ad_1] Joe Gordon likes to climb mountains. Among his conquests is Mount Teide, a 12,000ft volcano in Tenerife. “I like to walk up hills and mountains,” he says. “I am a big fan of a healthy body and a healthy mind.” It is perhaps just as well that he has a head for heights. Because, […]