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LONDON | ‘The Shell Seekers’ author Rosamunde Pilcher dies at 94

LONDON (AP) — British novelist Rosamunde Pilcher, whose family saga “The Shell Seekers” sold millions of copies around the world, has died, her agent said Thursday. She was 94. Pilcher’s literary agency, Felicity Bryan Associates, said she died overnight at a hospital in Dundee, Scotland after a short illness. Her son Robin Pilcher told the … Continue reading LONDON | ‘The Shell Seekers’ author Rosamunde Pilcher dies at 94

LONDON | Markets steady after solid run as focus turns to ECB

LONDON — Shares around in the world traded in narrow ranges Thursday after a solid couple of days largely related with hopes that the U.S. and China are ironing out their trade issues. The focus now turns to the European Central Bank press briefing with President Mario Draghi in the wake of the bank’s decision … Continue reading LONDON | Markets steady after solid run as focus turns to ECB

LONDON | Facebook emails show how it sought to leverage user data

LONDON  — A U.K. Parliament committee accused Facebook on Wednesday of cutting special deals with some advertisers to give them more access to data as it released 250 pages worth of documents on the tech giant’s internal discussions about the value of users’ personal information. Parliament’s media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer … Continue reading LONDON | Facebook emails show how it sought to leverage user data

LONDON | Eurozone inflation eases as oil prices slump

LONDON — The recent fall in oil prices has pushed down inflation across the 19-country eurozone, official figures showed Friday in a development that makes it even less likely that the European Central Bank will start raising interest rates anytime soon. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, says consumer prices rose 2 percent in the … Continue reading LONDON | Eurozone inflation eases as oil prices slump

LONDON | May won’t rule out no-deal Brexit; bank says firms not ready

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May refused Thursday to rule out Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, after the Bank of England warned that such a scenario could plunge the country into its deepest recession in decades. Parliament is due to vote Dec. 11 on the divorce deal May’s government has struck … Continue reading LONDON | May won’t rule out no-deal Brexit; bank says firms not ready

LONDON | UK’s May fights to sell Brexit deal to a skeptical country

LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was starting a frantic two-week race Monday to convince the British public, and a skeptical Parliament, to back the Brexit deal she has struck with the European Union. May was gathering her Cabinet for a meeting hours after returning from Brussels with the divorce agreement approved by the … Continue reading LONDON | UK’s May fights to sell Brexit deal to a skeptical country

LONDON | British film director Nicolas Roeg dies at age 90

LONDON  — Nicolas Roeg, the prominent British film director known for making provocative films and working with rock stars Mick Jagger and David Bowie over a six-decade career, has died. He was 90. The director of “Don’t Look Now” and many other films died Friday night, his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr., told Britain’s Press Association. … Continue reading LONDON | British film director Nicolas Roeg dies at age 90

LONDON | May gets rebellion reprieve, but faces warning from allies

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May got a reprieve in one of her Brexit battles Tuesday as party rebels said they did not yet have the strength for a leadership challenge. But she faced a new headache as parliamentary allies warned they could remove support from May’s minority government if she does not alter … Continue reading LONDON | May gets rebellion reprieve, but faces warning from allies

LONDON |  Trade tensions continue to weigh on global markets

LONDON  — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Monday amid continuing trade tensions. French carmaker Renault saw its share price tank after partner Nissan accused its chairman of serious misconduct and announced plans to oust him. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 was flat at 5,025 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.1 percent … Continue reading LONDON |  Trade tensions continue to weigh on global markets

LONDON | UK leader warns ousting her won’t make Brexit talks easier

LONDON  — Britain’s besieged Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that a leadership change wouldn’t make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her and the former Brexit secretary suggested she failed to stand up to bullying from European Union officials. As furious Conservative rebels try to gather the numbers … Continue reading LONDON | UK leader warns ousting her won’t make Brexit talks easier

LONDON | After intense wrangling, UK backs a Brexit deal. Now what?

LONDON— Like white smoke from the Vatican announcing a new pope, the signal from Britain’s Cabinet table says: We have a decision. After a year and a half of negotiating with the European Union — and fighting with itself — the U.K. government on Wednesday backed a deal to allow Britain’s orderly exit from the … Continue reading LONDON | After intense wrangling, UK backs a Brexit deal. Now what?

LONDON | May secures Cabinet backing for Brexit deal as critics rage

LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she won her Cabinet’s backing for a draft divorce deal with the European Union after a “long, detailed and impassioned” marathon meeting Wednesday. The breakthrough came as pro-Brexit lawmakers raged against a draft agreement they said would make the U.K. subservient to the bloc indefinitely. May’s Cabinet … Continue reading LONDON | May secures Cabinet backing for Brexit deal as critics rage

LONDON | Novak Djokovic closes in on semifinals at ATP Finals

LONDON  — Novak Djokovic won his second straight match at the ATP Finals, beating Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to close in on a spot in the semifinals. The five-time champion from Serbia saved two break points at 4-4 in the opening set and then broke Zverev in the following game to take the … Continue reading LONDON | Novak Djokovic closes in on semifinals at ATP Finals

LONDON | European markets lead advance as stock recover their poise

LONDON  — Stock markets recovered their poise Monday with many of Europe‘s main indexes trading 2 percent higher — but few market participants would go as far as to say that the recent downturn has come to an end. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, London’s FTSE 100 was up 1.9 percent to 7,074 while Germany‘s DAX … Continue reading LONDON | European markets lead advance as stock recover their poise

LONDON | Many of bomb suspect’s conspiracy theories tracked Trump’s

LONDON — Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc lived in an alternate universe where monstrous reptiles stalk people in Florida’s Everglades, a malevolent Jewish billionaire pays American children to stage school shootings and German politicians are secretly being conceived using Adolf Hitler’s frozen sperm. Sayoc’s hallucinatory world, pieced together by The Associated Press from the digital … Continue reading LONDON | Many of bomb suspect’s conspiracy theories tracked Trump’s

LONDON | Former deputy UK leader Nick Clegg takes post with Facebook

LONDON— Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region. Clegg, 51, will become a vice president of the social media giant, and report to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl … Continue reading LONDON | Former deputy UK leader Nick Clegg takes post with Facebook

LONDON | European stocks recover their poise on Italy relief

LONDON — European stock markets edged higher Wednesday after the Italian government indicated that upcoming deficits will be lower than originally thought. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the CAC 40 in France was up 0.6 percent at 5,499 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 0.6 percent to 7,516. German markets were closed … Continue reading LONDON | European stocks recover their poise on Italy relief

LONDON | Eurozone economy appears to lose momentum as exports stall

LONDON — The 19-country eurozone economy lost momentum in September despite a resilient performance by the services sector in Italy, according to a closely watched survey released Wednesday. Financial information firm IHS Markit said its composite purchasing managers’ index, a key measure of business activity in services and manufacturing, slipped to 54.1 points in September … Continue reading LONDON | Eurozone economy appears to lose momentum as exports stall

LONDON | Underlying inflation in eurozone remains stubbornly low

LONDON— Underlying inflation across the 19-country eurozone remains stubbornly low, official figures showed Friday, in what is likely to be a disappointment to policymakers at the European Central Bank who have been predicting a pick-up. Statistics agency Eurostat said Friday that the core rate of consumer price inflation, which strips out volatile items like energy … Continue reading LONDON | Underlying inflation in eurozone remains stubbornly low

LONDON | Global stocks recover their poise after Fed jolt

LONDON — European stock markets recovered their poise Thursday after earlier retreats in Asia as investors relaxed over the prospect of further U.S. interest rate rises. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 and Germany’s DAX were steady at 5,512 and 12,388 respectively. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.3 percent … Continue reading LONDON | Global stocks recover their poise after Fed jolt

LONDON | Stock markets steady as focus turns to Fed rate decision

LONDON — Stock markets around the world were trading in narrow ranges Wednesday ahead of a widely predicted interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve and the potentially more interesting subsequent press conference from its chairman, Jerome Powell. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,488 while Germany’s DAX fell … Continue reading LONDON | Stock markets steady as focus turns to Fed rate decision

LONDON | European shares flat, Asia rises ahead as US rate hike looms

LONDON— Stock markets around the world were trading in narrow ranges Wednesday ahead of a widely predicted interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve and the potentially more interesting subsequent press conference from its chairman, Jerome Powell. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,488 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.3 … Continue reading LONDON | European shares flat, Asia rises ahead as US rate hike looms

LONDON | UK envoy urges EU to step back from the Brexit ‘abyss’

LONDON— Britain’s foreign secretary on Saturday urged European Union leaders to “step back from the abyss” and seek a compromise over stalled Brexit negotiations. Jeremy Hunt told the BBC that the EU should work with Britain to try to find a way to make British Prime Minister Theresa May’s “sensible, concrete proposals actually work” in … Continue reading LONDON | UK envoy urges EU to step back from the Brexit ‘abyss’

LONDON | UK media: May ‘humiliated’ after EU trashes her Brexit plan

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint was in tatters Friday, after the European Union rejected it at a summit in a move that the U.K. media branded a “humiliation.” European Council President Donald Tusk said bluntly at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, that parts of May’s plan simply “will not work,” while … Continue reading LONDON | UK media: May ‘humiliated’ after EU trashes her Brexit plan

LONDON | Tisci’s first Burberry show a London Fashion Week hit

LONDON — All eyes were on Burberry Monday as new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci showed his first collection for the venerable British house.It was a diverse, wide-ranging show, both showcasing the brand’s heritage and expanding on it. Earlier, Christopher Kane showed a provocative collection built on one of his favorite themes: sexuality in all … Continue reading LONDON | Tisci’s first Burberry show a London Fashion Week hit

LONDON | Global stocks fall on worries of more Trump tariffs

LONDON— Global stock markets started the new week on a soft note as investors waited to see if the U.S. slaps tariffs on another $200 billion-worth of Chinese goods. Oil prices rose, meanwhile, as heavy storms battered both countries. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 was flat at 5,353 while the DAX in Germany … Continue reading LONDON | Global stocks fall on worries of more Trump tariffs

LONDON | Global stocks push higher after Fed’s Powell reassures

LONDON— Global markets rose on Monday as fairly dovish comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell helped reassure investors that the central bank is not planning to accelerate its interest rate increases next year. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX was up 0.5 percent to 12,456 while the CAC 40 in France was 0.4 … Continue reading LONDON | Global stocks push higher after Fed’s Powell reassures

LONDON | Don’t panic! UK outlines plans to ease no-deal Brexit impact

LONDON— Britain will unilaterally accept some European Union rules and give EU financial services firms continued access to the U.K. market in order to maintain stability if the country crashes out of the bloc without a deal, the government said Thursday. Details of Britain’s “no-deal” plans came in a raft of documents laying out government … Continue reading LONDON | Don’t panic! UK outlines plans to ease no-deal Brexit impact