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Swiss initiative has US approval and rivals EU plan to bypass sanctions

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US president urges central bank to call off planned increase on Wednesday

Analysis Brexit

Commission seeks to avoid worst cliff edges but proposals fall short of Brexiter hopes

Dismal performance casts shadow over efforts to prod people to shift savings into equities

Social media and globalisation are turning private celebrations into aspirational events

Falling prices and rising costs mean finding efficiencies is key to riding out the storm

Bitter cabinet battle over skilled-worker visa threshold in long-awaited white paper

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US bank’s global head of forex prime brokerage is out after currency debacle

Charles Michel quits over nationalist opposition to UN migration pact

Former banker will remain a board member and adviser to the blockchain start-up

Local economy will weather closure as economy booms but emotional hurt lingers

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Trump tells reporters ‘too early to say’ if deal can be reached before Friday deadline

Move comes as revelations raise questions about how group safeguards user information

Robust expansion makes a rate rise likely even as the 2019 forecast grows murkier

Investors no longer see market correction as a temporary dislocation

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From Banksy to Martin Sorrell, here are your favourite stories from the year

Portuguese manager was a pioneer in his early years but was left trailing at Manchester United

By converting an old Quakers house, Habitat for Humanity is tackling homelessness in a wealthy town

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Italian bonds rally sharply on budget breakthrough hopes; China equities fall

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Uncertainty over the UK’s departure from the EU means a single forecast is impossible

US bank’s global head of forex prime brokerage is out after currency debacle

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Move comes as revelations raise questions about how group safeguards user information

Former banker will remain a board member and adviser to the blockchain start-up

Group that supplies robots to Jaguar Land Rover says manufacturing hit would be ‘sad’

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