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Britain’s Princess Charlotte starts nursery school

(CNN)Britain’s Princess Charlotte, youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, started nursery school on Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. pic.twitter.com/dDIOZdA7aM — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 8, 2018 The school, which charges £14,550 ($19,740) per year, was classed as “outstanding” at the last official inspection in 2012. Charlotte, younger sister to George, will turn three in May. By then, she’s expected to have a new younger sibling — the Duchess is expecting…

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No Idea What MiFID Stands For? Here’s What You Need to Know

Everyone in European finance has been abuzz over an obscure acronym — MiFID II — that’s about to radically change how assets from stocks to commodities are traded and investors’ money is managed. Banks and asset managers across the European Union have spent more than $2 billion preparing for it. Regulators say it will protect investors, boost transparency and rebuild trust that was tarnished by the 2008 global crash. The industry has even spent months finding ways to sidestep parts of it. But you’d be forgiven for not paying attention:…

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Theresa May’s Infrastructure Czar Quits, Lashing Out at Brexit

Andrew Adonis quit as Theresa May’s infrastructure czar, but not before delivering a blistering verdict on the Brexit policy being pursued by the U.K. prime minister and her Conservative Party. The Labour peer and former transport secretary described Brexit as a “populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump” in a unexpectedly quit, depriving her of a key figure in dealing with EU negotiators. And now, days from the end of the year, Adonis is departing with an excoriating verdict on the country’s direction. “Brexit is causing a nervous breakdown across…

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FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering

Request for financial information may be connected to inquiries into possible conspiracy between Trump and Kremlin The FBI has asked officials in Cyprus for financial information about a defunct bank that was used by wealthy Russians with political connections and has been accused by the US government of money laundering, two sources have told the Guardian. The request for information about FBME Bank comes as Cyprus has emerged as a key area of interest for Robert Mueller, the US special counsel who is investigating a possible conspiracy between Donald Trumps…

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Haley Warns UN That Trump Is Watching Jerusalem Votes

Nikki Haley has a warning for her fellow UN ambassadors ahead of a key vote on Jerusalem this week: Read a QuickTake Q&A on the controversy over Jerusalem’s status “I liked the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations to all of those nations that take our money and then they vote against us in the Security Council, they vote against us potentially at the assembly,” Trump said. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. Well we’re…

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Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief

Sir John Sawers tells MPs national assessment is needed of how Britains future standing can be recovered Brexit is set to cause a loss of UK influence on a par with the 1970s, requiring a national assessment of how the UKs future standing can be recovered once Brexit is complete, Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, has warned. Speaking to the foreign affairs select committee, Sawers said: We can see the trend of the coming years and we do not want to go through a repeat of the…

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Macron awards US scientists grants to move to France in defiance of Trump

Frances president awards millions of euros to 18 American scientists to relocate in effort to counter Donald Trump on the climate change front Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as Frances president, Trump declared he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord. More than 5,000 people from about 100 countries expressed interest in the grants. Most of the applicants and 13 of the 18 winners were US-based researchers. Macrons appeal gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support,…

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Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove

As Theresa May wins Tory support for Brussels agreement, the environment secretary flags up potential for a rethink Michael Gove has said voters will be able to force changes to an EU withdrawal deal at the next election if they do not like it. The environment secretarys comments came as prime minister Theresa May won public backing from both wings of the Tory party after securing an agreement with Brussels to start post-Brexit trade negotiations.

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‘Guilty, your honor’: Michael Flynn, who led the ‘lock her up’ chants, enters his plea

In a dark suit and striped tie, Flynn stood before a federal judge and pleaded guilty and for Hillary Clinton, the sense of schadenfreude may be irresistible When the crowd chanted Lock her up! about Hillary Clinton, Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Flynn was once Trumps favourite general, who warmed up the Republican candidates rallies with fiery speeches and bolstered his unlikely credentials as a potential commander-in-chief of the worlds most powerful military. He was rewarded with the job of national security adviser at…

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Meghan Markle intends to become UK citizen after marriage to Prince Harry

(CNN)Meghan Markle intends to become a UK citizen, the British royal family has announced, confirming that the American actor’s marriage to Prince Harry would take place at Windsor Castle in May next year. News of the couple’s engagement was announced on Monday and came after months of speculation. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance as an engaged couple in the gardens of Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon, where Harry told reporters he knew Markle was “the one” from “the very first time we met.” Their first…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make first appearance after engagement

London (CNN)Britain’s Prince Harry and the American actor Meghan Markle have described their joy at the prospect of getting married, hours after their engagement was announced on Monday. The ring, designed by Harry, has a gold band and features a large diamond from Botswana and two smaller outer diamonds from the personal collection of Harry’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, according to a statement from Kensington Palace. Botswana holds special significance for the couple, who have spent time together there over the past year and a half, Kensington Palace…

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Ratko Mladi convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal

Former Bosnian Serb army commander known as the butcher of Bosnia sentenced to life imprisonment more than 20 years after Srebrenica massacre The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladi, nicknamed the butcher of Bosnia, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was found guilty at the United Nations-backed international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague of 10 offences involving extermination, murder and persecution of civilian populations. As…

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Worlds Biggest Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil and Gas

The $1 trillion fund that Norway has amassed pumping oil and gas over the past two decades wants out of petroleum stocks.   Norway, which relies on oil and gas for about a fifth of economic output, would be less vulnerable to declining crude prices without its fund investing in the industry, the central bank said Thursday. The divestment would mark the second major step in scrubbing the world’s biggest wealth fund of climate risk, after it sold most of its coal stocks. “Our perspective here is to spread the risks for the…

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Barcelona protest calls for release of jailed Catalan independence leaders

Hundreds of thousands of independence supporters march through city after eight former Catalan government members jailed by Spanish high court Hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters lined one of Barcelonas main avenues on Saturday to demand the release of separatist leaders held in prison for their roles in the banned independence referendum. Wearing yellow ribbons to signify support, they filled the length of the Carrer de la Marina, which runs from the beach to Barcelonas Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders families made speeches. Catalonias two main grassroots…

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Heres How London House Prices Are Being Battered

London’s housing market is being battered from all sides. A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors showed a price gauge at its lowest level for seven years, and far below the national average. Real-estate agents are more pessimistic about the market in the capital than any other region, with contributors flagging a potent mix of concerns, including Brexit uncertainty, the Bank of England’s interest-rate hike and the government’s budget later this month. There’s also evidence that the weakness in the capital is spreading — most U.K. regions showed…

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