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UK construction output grows at its slowest rate in nearly three years

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LONDON Construction output in Britain grew at its slowest rate in nearly three years in April, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the economy was losing steam before next month's referendum on whether to remain a member of the European Union.

Shell cuts spending further after BG deal

LONDON Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday cut its 2016 spending by another 10 percent after completing the $54 billion (£37.3 billion) acquisition of BG Group, warning that low oil prices will continue to weigh.

10:52am BST

EU's highest court upholds restrictive new law on cigarettes

LUXEMBOURG/LONDON Europe's highest court on Wednesday upheld a tough EU law on standardising cigarette packaging and banning advertising of e-cigarettes, paving the way for its adoption this month.

10:48am BST

Trump, the outrageous outsider, now presumptive Republican nominee

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump completed his transformation from long-shot White House candidate to presumptive Republican presidential nominee after his commanding win in Indiana's primary forced his main rival Ted Cruz to drop out of the race

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Air raids hit east of Damascus after 'calm' expires

BEIRUT Air strikes targeted a Syrian rebel-held area east of Damascus on Wednesday after an agreement aimed at halting the fighting there expired at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and rescue workers reported.

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Sainsbury's cautious on outlook as profits fall again

LONDON British supermarket Sainsbury's said it did not expect tough trading conditions to lift any time soon as it reported a second straight year of profit decline, dragged down by its own price cuts.

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Islamic State seeks news blackout in Mosul as Iraqi army nears

MAKHMOUR, Iraq For Iraqis living in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, news is dwindling about the U.S.-backed army massing to the south for an assault on the city that could begin this year.

World, Iraq, Middle East 10:55am BST

Next says weather and economy slowing sales

LONDON Next , Britain's most successful clothing retailer over the past decade, warned that its sales could fall as much as 3.5 percent this year, hit by a cool spring and signs of a slowdown in consumer spending.

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Korea's Lotte Mart drops Reckitt Benckiser goods amid steriliser scandal

SEOUL A large South Korean retailer stopped ordering Reckitt Benckiser items on Wednesday and some e-commerce sites halted sales of goods made by the British giant after its humidifier sterilisers were linked to deadly lung injuries.

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Turkey's Erdogan advances weekly PM meet to Wednesday as tension rises

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is to meet Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday, bringing forward by a day their usual weekly meeting, as tension between the two rises.

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