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Eggs scandal: EU food safety chief calls for end to 'blaming'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The EU’s food safety commissioner has called for an end to countries “blaming and shaming” each other, after eggs were found to contain traces of an insecticide dangerous to humans.Vytenis Andriukaitis said EU ministers and regulators should meet urgently.Eggs, coming mainly from …

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FTSE 100 down as shares hit by US-North Korea tensions

The UK’s stock market has opened lower as worries over the situation between the US and North Korea continue to rattle investors.On Thursday, Donald Trump said North Korea should be “very, very nervous” if it acted against the US.The UK’s FTSE 100 index fell 57.15 points, or 0.8%, to …

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Nationwide urges lending caution as slowdown looms

The boss of Nationwide has warned banks and building societies will have to “balance carefully” the way they lend to squeezed households as a possible economic slowdown looms. Chief executive Joe Garner said that while consumers were becoming more worried about the UK outlook – which has turned gloomier …

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EU calls emergency egg contamination summit

The European Commission has called for an emergency summit to deal with the fallout of the contaminated eggs scare. Millions of eggs have been recalled across Europe after traces of a moderately toxic insecticide, fipronil, was found in batches from Dutch farms. About 700,000 eggs from the farms affected …

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Men from poor backgrounds 'twice as likely to be single'

Men from poor backgrounds are twice as likely to be single in their early 40s than those from rich families, research suggests. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) also found this group were likely to earn less and marry women with lower incomes. It said the trends made poverty …

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WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation

China’s largest social media platforms – Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba – are under investigation for alleged violations of cyber security laws. The Office for Cyberspace Administration said the three platforms had failed to police content on their sites.It said people had been using the platforms to spread terrorism-related …

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