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Nov 5, 2015

UK unveils powers to spy on Web use, raising privacy fears

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain unveiled plans on Wednesday for sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms.

Across the West, debate about how to protect privacy while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of mass surveillance by British and U.S. spies in 2013.

Nov 4, 2015

UK unveils new spying powers, raising privacy fears

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain unveiled plans for sweeping new surveillance powers on Wednesday, including the ability to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics say are an assault on privacy.

Across the western world, debate about how to protect civil rights while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of mass surveillance by British and U.S spies in 2013.

Oct 30, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter says attacks from sponsors politically motivated

LONDON (Reuters) – Embattled soccer boss Sepp Blatter has rejected complaints made by the sport’s biggest sponsors over a bribery and corruption scandal, saying they were politically motivated and made at the behest of the United States.

Blatter has been suspended from FIFA as part of the fall-out from a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into bribery, money-laundering and wire fraud at the sport’s governing body.

Oct 26, 2015

TalkTalk’s cyber attack piles on the pressure on financial targets

LONDON (Reuters) – Burdened with a poor reputation for customer service, facing increasingly fierce competition and under pressure to hit challenging financial targets, the cyber attack at TalkTalk could not have come at a worse time for the British telecoms firm.

Chief Executive Dido Harding shocked customers last week when she said that the broadband, TV, mobile and fixed line telephony services company had been hacked, potentially putting the private details of its 4 million customers into the hands of criminals.

Oct 22, 2015

China’s Xi seals nuclear power deal as part of £40 billion splurge in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has sealed a multi-billion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will unleash a wave of investment from the world’s second largest economy.

After a day of pomp, Communist Party General Secretary Xi on Wednesday turned from pageantry to discussion of 40 billion pounds’ ($62 billion) worth of deals with Cameron in his Downing Street residence, where the landmark nuclear deal was signed.

Oct 21, 2015

Xi sees no hard landing for China, economy enters ‘new normal’

LONDON (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday China would avoid a hard landing, though he acknowledged some downward pressure on the world’s second largest economy.

Chinese leaders have been trying to reassure jittery global markets for months that they have economic developments under control after a shock devaluation of the yuan and a plunge in China’s stock market.

Oct 21, 2015

China’s Xi turns to money and politics in Britain after a day of pomp

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will
preside over the signing of a deal to build a nuclear power
station in Britain on Wednesday as Prime Minister David Cameron
seeks to clinch $46 billion in contracts with the world’s
second-largest economy.

After a day of pomp on the first full day of Xi’s state
visit to Britain, the Chinese leader will turn from pageantry to
politics and business at talks with Cameron in his Downing
Street residence and a London business summit.

Oct 14, 2015

Rugby gaining some ground in scrum for sporting cash

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Dan Carter is as big as it gets in rugby union, the poster child of a sport played in more than 100 countries.

But Carter would need to work for more than 24 years to earn what soccer’s Cristiano Ronaldo is paid a year – a sign of the yawning gap in the financial firepower of the two sports.

Oct 13, 2015

SABMiller accepts $104 billion AB InBev takeover offer

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – SABMiller (SAB.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) accepted a takeover proposal at the fifth time of asking on Tuesday after Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest brewer, set out a cash and share package worth 68 billion pounds ($104.4 billion).

After repeated rebuttals from its next largest rival, AB InBev said it was willing in principle to pay 44 pounds in cash per SABMiller share, with a partial share alternative set at a discount and limited to 41 percent of the SABMiller shares.

Oct 13, 2015

SABMiller accepts 68 billion pound AB InBev takeover offer

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – SABMiller (SAB.L: Quote, Profile, Research) accepted a takeover proposal at the fifth time of asking on Tuesday after Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s largest brewer, set out a cash and share package worth 68 billion pounds.

After repeated rebuttals from its next largest rival, AB InBev said it was willing in principle to pay 44 pounds in cash per SABMiller share, with a partial share alternative set at a discount and limited to 41 percent of the SABMiller shares.

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