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The Prime Minister's speech comes after the FSB said the Government and big companies must to do more to help smaller firms

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Ex-mandarin now in charge of US giant's bid to manage his former department

Fed fears caused £1.2bn Aberdeen pullout

Customers pulled out £1.2bn in funds from Aberdeen Asset Management ahead of the Fed’s announcement on its future monetary policy, it has emerged.  

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The 2022 tournament is expected to be moved to winter

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United Airlines sells 'free' $0 tickets on their website

Customers wait to find out if the airline will honour the purchased tickets after a glitch on their site

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The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, a development that marks a major escalation of the US role in the civil war.

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US regain the Walker Cup

Great Britain and Ireland’s hopes of retaining the Walker Cup were ended last night in Southampton, New York, as the United States wrapped up victory.

'Security threat' Huawei puts regaining US trust on hold

The controversial Chinese telecoms group Huawei has given up, for now at least, on persuading Washington that it can be trusted not to spy on American citizens.

Rowing: Helen Glover leads final charge at World Championships

Olympic champion Helen Glover and team-mate Polly Swann have eased into to the women's pair final at the World Championships at Chungju, South Korea.

US economy grows at rate of 2.5%

The US economy grew at a rate of 2.5 per cent between April and June, the Commerce Department said today, revising its estimate for growth in the second quarter on the back of a surge in exports.

Bank chairman admits spending taxpayer's bailout cash on beachside holiday home

A US banker is facing jail after using bailout funds to help his company buy a luxury condo in Florida.

BAE to lose Washington veteran Linda Hudson

Linda Hudson, who made history as the first female boss of a major US defence contractor, is set to retire from BAE Systems.

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