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US hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea

The US has imposed sanctions on a dozen Russian and Chinese companies and individuals it accuses of helping North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. It comes after the UN Security Council, including Russia and China, voted for further sanctions against Pyongyang.The US Treasury said its actions would “increase pressure” on …

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'Dragon's Den' for migrants

An initiative is trying to turn Middle Eastern migrants in Europe into technology entrepreneurs.In the style of the BBC’s international television series looking for new ideas and entrepreneurs, this is a kind of “Dragon’s Den for migrants”.After their pitches and interviews, the challenge has been won by five tech-savvy …

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Suffering Santas

Many of us are still on our summer holidays so thinking about Christmas might seem premature. But for businesses providing festive food, drinks and presents, things are already gearing up. The festive season begins for a lot of retailers when they send out their invitations for summer Christmas events. …

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Selling citizenship

Fiddling distractedly with her headscarf and in words little louder than a whisper, Amar Al-Sadi tells me Malta has saved her from a life of bombs, rubble and deadly disease.Her family escaped war-torn Yemen on a United Nations evacuation flight two years ago. “I don’t think anyone in the …

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Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Identity theft is reaching “epidemic levels”, according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group.ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name.A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the …

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Employers worry about state of UK economy

UK employers are growing increasingly worried about the economy, new research has found.A survey of 601 employers by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found 31% expect the economy to worsen, with only 28% expecting it to improve.Employers’ confidence has worsened since the last survey in July. REC chief …

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Homeowners ‘improving rather than moving’

The number of planning applications submitted for home improvements has jumped by 26% across Britain, research from Halifax Insurance shows. The figures, which cover the years between 2012 and 2016 and are sourced from local authority data, indicates more people may be choosing to spruce up their existing property …

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Firms' confidence in economy falls into negative

Employers’ confidence in the UK economy has dropped into negative territory this month, despite a booming jobs market, according to research. A survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found 31% expect the country’s economy to worsen, while just 28% anticipate it will improve. The net balance has …

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North demands fair deal from Govt on transport

Political and business leaders from across the North will gather later to demand a fair deal on transport from the Government. The transport summit comes after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling caused anger by supporting the new £30bn Crossrail 2 scheme in London and the South East, days after a …

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