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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…



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Sixty UK tower blocks 'fail fire test'

Image copyright Reuters Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks has failed a new fire safety test, the BBC understands. The test was more thorough than previous checks after the Grenfell Tower…