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US government monitoring bank transfers?

US government ‘monitored bank transfers’ A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth more than $2m (£1.6m) if sold on the black market, have been leaked online by a hacking group. The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency. Accompanying documents appear to indicate it was able
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Travel websites ‘misleading’ customers

Travel websites ticked off over ‘misleading’ claims Websites that show bargain prices for flights, hotels and other travel bookings, are not giving customers accurate information, say European consumer protection authorities. The first price shown was often much lower than the final price, they said. Some offers that look too good to be true, are –
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May’s red tape burden ‘too much for listed companies’

Theresa May’s red tape burden ‘too much for listed companies’ says Legoland boss The chief executive of Britain’s biggest quoted leisure group has called for a “sanity check” on the Government’s corporate governance agenda as he warned management time is being “soaked up” with even more UK-led red tape. Nick Varney, chief executive of Legoland
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Scotland to abandon currency union with UK?

Scotland could abandon currency union with UK, Alex Salmond says Alex Salmond has said that Scotland’s nationalists were open to abandoning previous plans for a currency union with the rest of the UK in the case of independence. In an interview with the Financial Times, Scotland’s former First Minister who spearheaded the failed 2014 independence
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Cryptocurrency tops gold for the first time

Bitcoin value tops gold for first time A unit of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin has exceeded the value of an ounce of gold for the first time. It closed at $1,268 on Thursday while a troy ounce of gold stood at $1,233. The current high is being attributed to surging demand in China, where authorities
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Time is Ticking for Small Firms

Business rates a ‘ticking time bomb’ for small firms Business rates are a “ticking time bomb” for small companies in England which should be offered emergency help, the shadow business secretary has said. Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey said many firms faced “cliff-edge” rises when new valuations take effect in April and that the process had been
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The Fall of the Pound

Sterling falls after Bank of England report The pound fell after the Bank of England’s latest forecasts gave few signs of an early interest rate rise. The Bank upgraded its growth forecast for this year to 2%, and – as expected – kept interest rates on hold at 0.25%. It said some of its rate-setters
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President Donald Trump

Donald Trump Sworn In As 45th President Of US, And Promises: ‘America First’ ‘The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.’ Donald Trump has renewed his “America First” mantra as it became official: he is the 45th President of the United States of America. After taking the Presidential oath, Trump
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