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Hurricanes push Lloyd's of London to £2bn loss

Image copyright Getty Images Lloyd’s of London has reported its first annual loss in six years after “one of the costliest years for natural disasters in the past decade”. The insurance market said pre-tax losses reached £2bn last year – a sharp reversal of the £2.1bn profit in 2016. As …

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Two thirds of firms yet to publish gender pay gap data

Time’s almost up for the UK’s biggest companies to publish their gender pay gap, but so far only a third have done so. Two weeks before the deadline, more than 6,000 companies have not disclosed the average difference between what they pay male and female employees. Noncompliant companies face legal …

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James Packer: Billionaire quits Crown Resorts over mental health

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James Packer has resigned from casino operator Crown Resorts Limited Australian billionaire James Packer has resigned as a director of his casino empire Crown Resorts Limited. The businessman is “suffering from mental health issues”, a spokesman for his private investment company said. Mr Packer, …

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Tens of thousands still missing out on pension perks

Image copyright Getty Images As many as 90,000 grandparents and family members are missing out on a little-known perk that can increase their State Pension. National Insurance Credits for those who look after young children, instead of working, can be worth up to £230 a year in retirement. Insurance firm …

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Test tube meat

With the world’s population likely to reach 11 billion by the end of this century, there will be increasing pressure on farmers to maximise their use of agricultural land, and also on scientists to contribute to ensuring we all get enough nutrition. The sci-fi food of the future could change …

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Still ticking

Image copyright Stefan Schmidlin Image caption Last year’s Baselworld attracted 135,000 visitors and 4,400 journalists We may live in increasingly digital times, but there is still a part of the globe where analogue rules. Welcome to Baselworld, the biggest watch and jewellery show on the planet. For the next six …

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Real men

Image copyright Alex McBride. Image caption Anthony and Jacqueline give training to young people in Kenya about how they can stop sexual violence Isaac, a 15-year-old boy, watched as a group of men grabbed a young girl. It was a bustling new year’s eve in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, and …

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Toyota suspends US driverless car tests after fatal Uber accident

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Toyota has been researching driverless car technology. It said it would halt tests in the US, but continue in other countries. Toyota has suspended US tests of driverless cars on public roads following a fatal accident in Arizona involving one of Uber Technologies’ self-driving vehicles. …

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BMW headquarters searched by police in emissions raid

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police and prosecutors searched the firm’s Munich offices on Tuesday German prosecutors have raided the headquarters of BMW as part of an investigation into the suspected use of emissions cheating software. About 100 police and law enforcement officials searched the luxury carmaker’s Munich headquarters and …

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Bumble swipes at dating app rival Match in patent spat

Image copyright Getty Images Dating app Bumble has swiped back at rival Match Group after Match filed a lawsuit accusing Bumble of infringing on its intellectual property. Bumble described the lawsuit as “attempted scare tactics” in a statement on its website and in advertisements published in US newspapers. Match Group …

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