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British men held in Swiss prison over road 'race'

Image copyright Cannon Run 3000 Image caption Drivers on the Cannon Run stay together throughout the holiday Three Britons have been held for seven weeks without charge in Switzerland over “minor driving offences” during an…




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Spanish economy surpasses pre-crash peak

Image copyright Reuters Spain’s economy grew by 0.9% in the second quarter thanks to improved exports and household spending. The growth figure, a first estimate from the National Statistics Institute (INE), suggests the country’s economy…


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Hard, soft, sweet and sour

Image copyright Getty Images Like the thin twig of peace, the Brexit metaphor has been stretched to melting point. It should be taken round the back of the paragraph and quietly put out of its…


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Brexit transition must end by 2022, says Hammond

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChancellor Philip Hammond tells Radio 4’s Today a Brexit “transitional deal” must end by 2022 Chancellor Philip Hammond has said any “transitional deal” in the immediate period…


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Russia retaliates over US sanctions

Russia retaliates for US sanctions, telling US to cut diplomatic staff to 455 and barring use of some properties This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh…


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BT takes £225m hit over Italy accounting scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Profits at telecoms group BT have fallen after it took a £225m charge related to its Italian accounting scandal. BT is paying the money to Deutsche Telekom and Orange to avoid…