A buyer for British Steel is welcome but what’s Jingye’s strategy? | Nils Pratley | Business

Half the woes for steelmakers in Britain derive from dumping into world markets by Chinese producers, or so we have been told for a couple of decades. So it is a strange sort of rescue for British Steel that ownership should pass to a little-known Chinese conglomerate, Jingye, offering a vague promise to invest a […]

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UK government delay of Russia report is shaming, says Clinton | Politics

Hillary Clinton has called Downing Street’s suppression of a report into potential Russian infiltration of British politics “damaging, inexplicable and shaming”. The 2016 US presidential candidate told the Guardian it was “incredibly surprising and unacceptable that in your country there is a government report sitting there about Russian influence and your current government isn’t releasing […]

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UK GDP: Economy avoids recession despite weakest growth in a decade – business live

Britain’s economy grew by 0.3% in the last quarter, after shrinking in Q2, but annual growth slowed to just 1% Latest: UK economy grew 0.3% in the last quarter But annual growth is weakest since 2010 Service sector grows, but manufacturing stagnates Moody’s has threatened to downgrade UK credit rating 12.34pm GMT Back in the […]

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Virgin West Coast’s ‘return’ ticket turned into a single issue | Money

My wife and I recently travelled by Virgin Trains (West Coast) from Glasgow to London after buying return tickets via Trainline. Our outward journey should have taken less than five hours but turned into a nightmare 10. The apologetic conductor repeatedly announced that, as the journey had been delayed by more than two hours, there […]

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Gambling firms criticised for ‘enticing’ loss-making customers | Society

Betting firms are recruiting specialist staff to lure high-spending “VIP” customers who lose significant sums of money, prompting concerns about the industry’s commitment to promote safer gambling, say experts. VIP schemes have been cited in a succession of cases in which addicts were showered with free gifts as they racked up thousands of pounds of […]

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In place of Berlin’s Wall now stands a barrier of sullen resentment | Neal Ascherson | Opinion

But then, once in a lifetimeThe longed-for tidal waveOf justice can rise up And hope and history rhyme. The night the Berlin Wall opened was like that. Thirty years on, I know people who were there and whose eyes fill with tears when they try to talk about it. Seamus Heaney understood how the “moment […]

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Today’s weak economy shouldn’t aid the Tories: but that was true in 1992 too | Business

Despite one or two scares along the way, the UK has not suffered a recession since the deep slump of 2008-09, but it came close to one this year. The economy contracted in the second quarter and for a while there were fears that it could do so again in the three months to September. […]

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I reported every detail of their trial, yet I still have no idea why the two boys killed Ana | Conor Gallagher | Opinion

Whenever I filed copy on the Ana Kriégel murder trial, I experienced a strange feeling, one I’d never had during the hundreds of other criminal cases I’d covered. It was guilt. There’s no other word for it. Every article felt like an intrusion into Ana’s privacy and into her parents’ unimaginable grief. I got the […]

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When governments have access to DNA databases, you’re right to be scared | John Naughton | Opinion

Last week, at a police convention in the US, a Florida police officer revealed he had obtained a warrant to search the GEDmatch database of a million genetic profiles uploaded by users of the genealogy research site. Legal experts said this appeared to be the first time an American judge had approved such a warrant. […]

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Lionesses boosted by record ticket sales at Wembley | Football

The projected record-breaking attendance for a women’s football match in ­Britain should inspire fans to come regularly and encourage girls to believe they can play at international level, the England manager Phil Neville said on Friday. More than 86,500 tickets have been sold for England’s showpiece friendly against Germany at Wembley on Saturday, close to […]

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