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Construction cranes are seen around St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Britain, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

UK economy picks up but signs of Brexit hit appear

Britain's economy accelerated at the end of 2016 but growth for the whole year was weaker than previously thought and there are signs of weakness ahead, suggesting the Brexit vote will start to take its toll in 2017.

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Germany's 'man of the streets' Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel

BIELEFELD/BERLIN, Germany His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe's most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel's 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany's role in Europe. He might just pull it off.

Lloyds hits 10-year profit high as new era beckons

LONDON Lloyds Banking Group signalled a complete recovery from the financial crisis on Wednesday with its highest full-year profit in a decade, boosting the British government's ambition to return it to full private ownership in the next few months.

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