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London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse deal blocked by EU

London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse deal blocked by EU

Image copyright Reuters EU regulators have blocked London Stock Exchange’s £21bn merger with German stock exchange Deutsche Boerse. The European Commission said the deal would have created a “de facto monopoly” for certain financial services. The merger would have combined Europe’s two largest stock exchange operators. London Stock Exchange Group said it “regrets” the commission’s […]

Toshiba's Westinghouse 'in bankruptcy'

Toshiba's Westinghouse 'in bankruptcy'

Image copyright Getty Images Westinghouse, Toshiba’s US nuclear unit, has filed for US bankruptcy protection. The US firm has struggled with hefty losses that have thrown its Japanese parent into a crisis, putting the conglomerate’s future at risk. Westinghouse has suffered huge cost overruns at two US projects in Georgia and South Carolina. Toshiba said […]

French ex-PM Valls backs Macron for president

French ex-PM Valls backs Macron for president

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Manuel Valls (R) said it was a responsible position to back the centrist candidate France’s ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his weight behind the centrist candidate for the presidency, Emmanuel Macron, and not his own Socialist party’s candidate. “It’s a question of reason,” he said on French TV. […]

Cambodian breast milk

Cambodian breast milk

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Critics say the practice encourages mothers to sell their breast milk instead of giving it to their own babies Some Cambodian mothers have been selling their breast milk to women in the US, in a controversial practice that has now been banned. But the case has raised questions about […]

Fawlty language

Fawlty language

By Matt Pickles . Image caption Fawlty Towers is helping prepare Japan for English-speaking Olympic visitors Japan is struggling to make sure it has enough proficient English speakers when it hosts the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. And the classic BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers is being deployed by some teachers in an […]

Loved and loathed

Loved and loathed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yogi Adityanath is Uttar Pradesh’s new – and controversial – chief minister Yogi Adityanath has dominated headlines in India since his appointment as leader of the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. A saffron-robed Hindu priest, he is a highly controversial figure who is loved and hated in equal measure, […]

Health and wealth

Health and wealth

Image caption Dr Anne Stephenson (right) is one of the authors of a study that found that patients with cystic fibrosis lived 10 years longer in Canada than the US Canadians are outliving Americans, in some cases, by as much as a decade. Is public healthcare the secret to longevity? When Erick Bauer was first […]

Syria conflict: 'Deal reached' for four besieged areas

Syria conflict: 'Deal reached' for four besieged areas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Relief agencies have been calling for more aid deliveries to Syria’s besieged areas A deal has been reached to allow the evacuation of four besieged areas in Syria, reports say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says residents of Foah and Kefraya, two government-held villages in the north-west, will […]

Cyclone Debbie: Queensland braced for dangerous floods

Cyclone Debbie: Queensland braced for dangerous floods

Image copyright EPA Image caption The extent of damage is still being assessed, authorities say A 1,300km (800 miles) stretch of Australia’s north-east coast is at dangerous risk of flooding after a powerful cyclone, authorities warn. Cyclone Debbie has caused major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Australian PM […]

US bank Wells Fargo agrees $110m lawsuit settlement

US bank Wells Fargo agrees $110m lawsuit settlement

Image copyright Ben Margot Image caption America’s biggest bank was fined $185m in September last year over the scandal US bank Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110m (£88m) to settle a lawsuit brought by customers who had accounts opened in their name without their permission. The agreement comes after America’s biggest bank was fined […]