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Labour’s attempt to trigger a general election fails as motion is defeated by 325 votes to 306

History suggests political impasse will also dent consumer and business confidence

Blast comes after Trump declaration of victory over Isis and troop withdrawal

Case continues to dog Wall Street bank as advisory revenue boosts quarterly earnings

Bipartisan opposition meets plan to free billionaire’s companies from US sanctions

Wall Street bosses see few signs that market volatility has harmed US real economy

Crisis-era reforms have made it a target for investors looking to cut costs — and jobs

Eddie Lampert keeps US retailer alive with offer to buy hundreds of stores in $5bn bid

Electric car company sold debt with a minimum investment set at $420,000

BlackRock boss predicts positive 2019 despite slide in assets under management

French officials travel to Tokyo to discuss chief’s future after bail request is rejected

Central bank acts on growth fears and higher lunar new year cash demand

US News

Strong consumer banking revenue offsets rocky trading

New York senator announces intention in what could be a crowded field

Deal comes amid rising M&A activity in payments industry

William Barr praises president’s foes in hearing on confirmation as US attorney-general

Opinion

Highlights

Devices used for first time show official victor Tshisekedi came second

From a constructive break to being ethical — a round-up of this month’s top titles

Men and women perform better when they work together in mixed teams

Markets News

Sterling holds steady as May survives no-confidence vote

Fortunes of currency are a gauge both of Chinese economy and debt-burdened consumers

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Cost of protecting against near-term swings in sterling has fallen since May defeat

Technology

Snapchat parents shares eye worst day since May 2018

Shares in Snapchat’s owner slide as departure adds to rash of senior exits

Funding will help Niantic launch Harry Potter augmented reality game later this year

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