Five things to look out for this week in world economics

This will be a busy week. America first. We will get another taste of what that might mean, when Donald Trump announces his tax plans on Wednesday. He said on Friday that there would be an announcement then and tweeted on Saturday: “Big TAX REFORM AND TAX REDUCTION will be announced next Wednesday”. There are two problems here. One is ...

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Consider voting Tory or Lib Dems over Brexit, Tony Blair says

Tony Blair has advised voters to consider voting for the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats in order to weaken the Prime Minister’s mandate for a hard Brexit. The former Prime Minister said it was important to vote for candidates who had an “open mind” on the final deal and that people should not limit their votes to just Labour because the ...

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Tim Farron was right to rule out a coalition agreement – but the Liberal Democrats cannot remain the party of protest forever

With polls pointing confidently to a Tory landslide in June’s election, some will wonder whether Tim Farron’s decision to rule out Lib Dem involvement in a coalition government is anything more than wishful thinking. As things stand, the possibility seems remote to say the very least. Indeed, a simple reading of the situation would suggest that Farron has been able ...

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Emmanuel Macron: The man in pole position to be France's next president

If the polls are to be believed, Emmanuel Macron is poised to do something thought unthinkable just six months ago: getting into the final round of the French presidential race without the support of either of the two major political parties.  When the 39-year-old resigned from Socialist President Francois Hollande’s government in 2016 to launch his En Marche! (On the Move!) ...

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German foreign minister to press Israel for two-state solution

By Andrea Shalal | BERLIN BERLIN Deep and “unbreakable” ties between Germany and Israel are part of Germany’s national identity and pillars of its foreign policy, but Berlin will continue to press for a two-state solution, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday. “With respect to the Middle East conflict, our solidarity with Israel also means working to ensure that ...

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Few clues on casualties at site of huge U.S. bomb in Afghanistan

By Ahmed Sultan | ACHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan ACHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon’s power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted. Reuters photos and video footage – some of the first ...

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Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to former Islamic State areas

By Ahmed Aboulenein | MOSUL, Iraq MOSUL, Iraq Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic State. Families paid no heed to the sound of heavy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire ...

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Holidays, burka bans, Brexit vote – UK parties set out election stalls

By Elizabeth Piper | LONDON LONDON More holidays, a burka ban and an end to hard Brexit – just some of the policies Britain’s opposition parties hope will prevent an overwhelming election victory by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May in June. With some polls giving May a more than 20 point lead before the June 8 vote, the main opposition ...

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Big catch-up for Merkel's party in most populous German state – poll

BERLIN Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives has risen to its highest level in two years in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, albeit on a par with its main opposition, a poll showed on Sunday. The Infratest dimap poll, conducted for broadcaster WDR, showed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) adding four percentage points to reach 34 percent, while ...

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Proof that Manchester City’s disallowed goal in FA Cup semi-final vs Arsenal should have stood

Sergio Aguero thought he had fired Manchester City in front at Wembley (Picture: Getty) Arsenal had a let off in their FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City after Sergio Aguero’s goal was wrongly disallowed by the linesman. After a goalless yet entertaining opening 38 minutes at Wembley, City thought they had taken the lead as a well-worked move culminated ...

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