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Peter Hain accuses London law firm of 'whitewash'

Image copyright PA Image caption Lord Hain’s allegations have been dismissed by the law firm as unfounded A British peer has accused UK-based law firm Hogan Lovells of helping to cover up corruption in South Africa. The firm had carried out a “fatally flawed whitewash” after being hired to investigate …

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Carillion directors to be investigated

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? The government has ordered a fast-track investigation into directors at the failed construction firm Carillion. The UK’s second biggest construction firm went into liquidation on Monday, after running up losses on contracts and struggling with …

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Detroit Auto Show: Firms bet on trucks to boost US sales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fiat Chrysler unveils the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel pickup truck Carmakers are focusing on pickup trucks and SUVs as they seek to counter falling sales in the US. Sales of new vehicles in the world’s second-largest market dropped 2% last year to 17.2 million, …

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Midlands sees fastest house price rises

Image copyright PA The Midlands saw the fastest growth in house prices over the year to the end of November, official figures show. Property values grew by 7.2% in the West Midlands and 6.4% in the East Midlands, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. London saw the slowest growth …

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Heads up

Image copyright Getty Images Car companies displayed the latest trucks and electric vehicles at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan this week. Here are some of the highlights – from futuristic concept cars to vehicles aimed at road-users today. Headlights get personal Image caption Carmakers are doing more …

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UK inflation rate falls slightly

Inflation dropped to 3% in December from November’s six-year high of 3.1% – the first fall since June. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said growth in food prices slowed during the month and airline fares rose less strongly than a year earlier. This breaking news story is being updated …

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Product safety flaws 'exposed by Whirlpool danger dryers'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA fire in Shepherd’s Bush in London began with a faulty tumble dryer The saga over millions of fire-risk tumble dryers has exposed a wider failure in the UK’s product safety system, according to MPs. Whirlpool’s response to the defect affecting 5.3 …

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Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023

Image copyright AFP/Getty Supermarket chain Iceland has said it will eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging of all its own label products by the end of 2023. Prime Minister Theresa May has called plastic waste “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”. Iceland says the move will effect …

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Debt fears for poorer households

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Credit cards can charge interest of 20% a year A third of the lowest-income households in Britain have loans and credit card debts that outstrip the assets they hold, research has found. This debt can become a problem to repay, even if the total …

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Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. …

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