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Liam Fox says Trump 'very keen' on trade deal

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has told the BBC he believes US President Donald Trump is “very keen” to do a trade deal. Mr Fox was speaking in New York, where he was in town to promote the ties between the two countries. His comments come just days after the Trump administration told Congress it […]

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Good Country: The new virtual country with no borders

If you were to create your own country, you might think about a territory, language and passports. Simon Anholt and Madeline Hung have taken a different approach. When they launched the Good Country in September, they ditched notions of national identity and focused instead on the international interest. In the current climate of aggression and […]

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Why I hate meetings – and how to make them better

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The pointless business meeting – we’ve all been there, says Stephanie Every time economists wonder why Britain’s productivity is so low, it takes all my strength to resist spitting out one loathsome word – “meetings”, says workplace commentator Stephanie Hare. Conference calls and video conferencing are the worst. You […]

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‘Davos in the Desert’ begins in Riyadh

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will host the conference Saudi Arabia’s investment conference has gone ahead despite international pressure for a boycott. The Future Investment Initiative (FII) was due to feature 150 high profile speakers from 140 firms. But around 40 attendees are understood to have pulled out amid allegations […]

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Grayling to decide on Govia Thameslink penalty 'in weeks'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was giving evidence to MPs The government will decide “within weeks” whether to strip Govia Thameslink Railway of its franchise, the Transport Secretary has said. Chris Grayling has been answering MP’s questions about a timetable overhaul that caused chaos this summer. He said: “We are […]

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Saudi summit website attacked by hackers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to host the conference A website for an upcoming conference in Saudi Arabia is inaccessible after apparently being attacked by hackers. Pictures circulating on Twitter show the Future Investment Initiative website with a mocked-up photo of the country’s ruler about to execute Saudi […]

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Morrisons loses data leak challenge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption More than 5,000 current and former employees are seeking compensation from Morrisons after a data leak Morrisons has lost its challenge to a High Court ruling that it is liable for a data breach that saw thousands of its employees’ details posted online. The Court of Appeal upheld the original […]

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Dr Martens' profits march forward

Image copyright Kirstin Sinclair Strong sales in Europe and the Middle East have boosted profits at UK footwear firm Dr Martens. Earnings grew 33% to £50m in the year to March, with sales up 20% to £348.6m. The Northamptonshire-based company, most famous for its distinctive boots, said it had seen double-digit growth in revenues and […]