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Sturgeon unveils tests plan for schools

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said improving school attainment is the most important goal of her new programme for government. She set out the Scottish government’s legislation for the coming year as well as its main goals for the … Continue reading

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EU vote question ‘should be changed’

The elections watchdog has recommended a change to the question to be put to voters in a future EU referendum. The Electoral Commission said the wording proposed by ministers – “should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European … Continue reading

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U.S. construction spending rises to seven-year high

WASHINGTON, Sept 1 – U.S. construction spending rose in July to the highest level in just over seven years as private outlays surged, providing another sign of solid economic momentum at the start of the third quarter. Construction spending increased … Continue reading

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U.S. manufacturing sector growth slows in August

NEW YORK The pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector slowed in August to its weakest in over two years, according to an industry report released on Tuesday. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national … Continue reading

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Weak China Aug factory, services point to further economic slowdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI Activity in China’s factory sector shrank at its fastest rate in at least three years in August as domestic and export orders tumbled, hitting global markets and increasing fears that the world’s second-largest economy may be heading for a … Continue reading

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Wall St. falls sharply after weak China data

Wall Street opened sharply lower on Tuesday after weak data from China heightened fears of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy and its effect on global growth. All three major indexes were down about 2 percent just after the … Continue reading

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Contactless card limit rises to £30

Shoppers in the UK will now be able to spend up to £30 using contactless cards after the limit was increased. The limit per transaction for the so-called tap and pay cards, which do not require a PIN or a … Continue reading

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Contactless card limit rises to £30

Shoppers in the UK will now be able to spend up to £30 using contactless cards after the limit was increased. The limit per transaction for the so-called tap and pay cards, which do not require a PIN or a … Continue reading

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Seabirds ‘blighted by plastic waste’

Image caption Plastic ingestion leads to gut impaction, weight loss and sometimes even death About 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic and are likely to retain some in their gut, a new analysis estimates. The study concludes that matters will … Continue reading

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Seabirds ‘blighted by plastic waste’

Image caption Plastic ingestion leads to gut impaction, weight loss and sometimes even death About 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic and are likely to retain some in their gut, a new analysis estimates. The study concludes that matters will … Continue reading

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