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Corbyn warns bankers: finance will serve Britain under Labour

Corbyn warns bankers: finance will serve Britain under Labour LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial sector will be “the servant of industry not the masters of us all” if the opposition Labour Party gets into power, its leader Jeremy Corbyn will say on Tuesday, accusing bankers of taking the economy hostage. Corbyn, a socialist who has won over many voters with his promises to renationalise services and increase public spending, has long targeted London’s lucrative financial sector, saying politicians have become in thrall of money makers for too long. In a…

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'Secret' report into RBS published

'Secret' report into RBS published After months of wrangling MPs have released a report by the financial regulator which said a unit of RBS of mistreated thousands of small firms. The Global Restructuring Group (GRG) was marketed as an expert service that could save a business, but according to the report took “inappropriate” action. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had refused to publish the report, blaming legal reasons. But after a meeting, MPs on the Treasury Committee voted to publish it. Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury Committee, said MPs…

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Oxfam chief apologises for 'babies in cots' comment as more abuse reported

Oxfam chief apologises for 'babies in cots' comment as more abuse reported LONDON (Reuters) – Oxfam’s chief executive apologised on Tuesday for saying a wave of condemnation over sex abuse by its staff was disproportionate as it had not “murdered babies in their cots” after a scandal that has prompted new reports of abuse. Mark Goldring said Oxfam was investigating 26 cases of misconduct reported since the scandal broke earlier this month over the alleged use of prostitutes in Haiti in the aftermath of the island’s earthquake in 2010. Oxfam…

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BP sees self-driving electric vehicles crimping oil demand by 2040

BP sees self-driving electric vehicles crimping oil demand by 2040 LONDON (Reuters) – The emergence of self-driving electric cars and travel sharing are set to dent oil consumption by 2040, oil and gas giant BP (BP.L) said, forecasting a peak in demand for the first time. In its benchmark annual Energy Outlook, BP forecast a 100-fold growth in electric vehicles by 2040, with its chief economist Spencer Dale painting a world in which we travel much more but instead of using private cars, we increasingly share trips in autonomous vehicles….

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Disabled by alcohol – Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin

Disabled by alcohol – Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin BERLIN (Reuters) – It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honour of his friend “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve – the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist. But while Williams, who committed suicide in 2014, never got the chance to play the part, his interest in cartoonist John Callahan helped bring the story to the screen, in a biopic competing for the top prize at the Berlin…

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Entertainment 

London Fashion Week: Is disability hidden in fashion?

London Fashion Week: Is disability hidden in fashion? Last year, Kelly Knox became one of the first disabled models to feature at London Fashion Week. Together with BBC Radio 5 live, here Kelly investigates why people with disabilities find it so hard to make it in the fashion industry… I was born without my left forearm. All my life I’ve known that my body may be ‘missing’ a bit, but my soul is whole, all-powerful and limitless. I never considered myself disabled until I started modelling. In 2008, I beat…

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Russian medallist denies doping after positive test

Russian medallist denies doping after positive test PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian Olympic medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky could not have taken a banned drug deliberately, Russia’s sports minister said on Tuesday after anti-doping authorities confirmed a violation that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife in mixed doubles curling, and is set to face a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in the near future after he tested positive for a banned substance, meldonium. “It’s obvious that in this particular case, the…

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Channel 4 documentary accuses Harvey Weinstein of physical assault

Channel 4 documentary accuses Harvey Weinstein of physical assault The producer of Golden Globe-winning film My Week With Marilyn has accused embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of physically attacking him. David Parfitt said Weinstein was “in a fury” about a test screening of the film doing so well with the audience as he wasn’t happy with the final cut. “He pinned me up against a Coke machine and threatened all sorts of stuff,” Parfitt told a Channel 4 documentary. “It was very scary. He was just furious the film in…

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Lions boost as Wales make three changes to team

Lions boost as Wales make three changes to team (Reuters) – Wales coach Warren Gatland has named the following team to play Ireland in Dublin on Saturday in the Six Nations:  15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Liam Williams, 13-Scott Williams, 12-Hadleigh Parkes, 11-Steff Evans, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Gareth Davies, 8-Ross Moriarty, 7-Josh Navidi, 6-Aaron Shingler, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4-Cory Hill, 3-Samson Lee, 2-Ken Owens, 1-Rob Evans  Replacements: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Wyn Jones, 18-Tomas Francis, 19-Bradley Davies, 20-Justin Tipuric, 21-Aled Davies, 22-Gareth Anscombe, 23-George North. Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Christian Radnedge Our Standards:The…

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Russian could not have taken drug deliberately – minister

Russian could not have taken drug deliberately – minister PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian Olympic medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky could not have taken a banned drug deliberately, Russia’s sports minister said on Tuesday after anti-doping authorities confirmed a violation that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife in mixed doubles curling, and is set to face a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in the near future after he tested positive for a banned substance, meldonium. “It’s obvious that in this particular…

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