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US economy loses steam as imports surge

Image copyright Reuters US economic growth slowed unexpectedly to an annualised rate of 2.6% in the last three months of 2017, the Commerce Department said on Friday. Economists had expected the rate to be 3% - the same as the three months to September. A surge in imports was blamed for the slowdown, which meant…

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Trump launches attack on ‘predatory’ trade

Image copyright AFP President Donald Trump has launched a fierce attack on "predatory" trade practices, warning trading partners at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the US will not tolerate unfair trade. He said these predatory practices were distorting markets and the US "will no longer turn a blind eye". Mr Trump said he…

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Business Live: What to expect from Trump

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Italian killed in Egypt ‘over research’

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Regeni's body was found dumped in the outskirts of Cairo Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, whose mutilated body was found in Cairo two years ago, was killed because of his research on Egypt's independent trade unions, a Rome prosecutor says. In detailed comments on the investigation, Giuseppe Pignatone said…

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Turkey ‘will take fight as far as Iraq’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkey has vowed to continue its campaign to completion Turkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Speaking in Ankara, Mr Erdogan reiterated that his forces will move against Kurdish-controlled Manbij, which risks confrontation…

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‘Chronicler of the Himalayas’ dies at 94

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Hawley has been called "the Oracle of Himalayan climbing" Elizabeth Hawley, who chronicled hiking expeditions on the Himalayas for over 50 years, has died in Nepal aged 94. The US journalist was a leading authority on the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, despite never having reached its base camp.…

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China’s smartphone market in decline

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Chinese smartphone market has gone into decline for the first time in almost a decade China's smartphone market has fallen for the first time, with annual shipments down by 4% in 2017, according to data from research firm Canalys. The decline ends almost a decade's growth in the…

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Jin Xing: China’s transgender TV star

Jin Xing hosts some of China's most popular TV shows, including Chinese Dating - a show where parents decide who their sons can date. The transgender TV star spoke to BBC Chinese's Yashan Zhao about her show, and her experience as one of China's first public figures to transition. Filmed by Curtis Rodda

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Assange asks court to drop arrest warrant

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The WikiLeaks founder has been living at the Ecuadorean embassy for more than five years Lawyers for Julian Assange are asking a London court to withdraw a UK warrant for his arrest, saying it has "lost its purpose". The warrant was issued in 2012 after he allegedly breached bail conditions…

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