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AI v cancer

Scientists working in tandem with artificial intelligence (AI) could slash the time it takes to develop new drugs – and, crucially, the cost – say tech companies.Developing pharmaceutical drugs is a very expensive and time-consuming business. And as AstraZeneca found out last week, disappointing drug trials can knock millions …

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Bank of England urged to share Brexit plan details

The Bank of England has been urged to share details of how prepared banks and insurance firms are for Brexit.Newly-appointed Treasury select committee chairwoman Nicky Morgan demanded the information, in one of her first moves since taking on the role.In a letter to the bank’s Prudential Regulatory Authority, she …

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Household debt warning as borrowing levels soar

A credit rating agency has warned about soaring levels of household debt as Bank of England figures show unsecured borrowing is back above £200bn. The report by Moody’s said lower-income families were “most exposed” to an economic downturn amid clear signs of a Brexit-linked slowdown. It intervened just hours …

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Qatar 'files complaint' with World Trade Organization

Qatar is reported to have filed an official complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO), aimed at challenging an ongoing trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.The formal step would mark the first step in the WTO’s dispute process. It means the countries would have to …

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Arsenal owner Kroenke's hunting TV app sparks protests

It’s a typical example of the kind of footage that has prompted furious reactions from animal lovers.As two Americans shouldering their guns make their way through the African bush, the emphasis is on relishing the risk and talking up the danger.”It’s not a game. These are big powerful cats. …

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Discovery to buy Scripps in $14.6bn deal

Discovery Communications, owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, is buying Scripps Networks for $14.6bn (£11.1bn) in a deal that combines two major US television companies. Scripps’ channels include the Food Network and Travel Channel. The two companies are estimated to have 20% of ad-supported TV viewership in …

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