Deutsche Bank agrees $7.2bn penalty with US regulators

Germany’s Deutsche Bank says it has agreed a $7.2bn (£5.9bn) payment to US authorities over an investigation into mortgage-backed securities. The sum, which needs final approval, is far lower than the $14bn the US had asked the bank to pay in September. That looming fine had caused concerns that a failure of the bank could […]

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Aleppo battle: Calls to spare lives as battle nears end

The UN and Red Cross have appealed for civilians to be protected, as fighting in Syria’s Aleppo nears its end. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said people had “literally nowhere safe to run”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm “over reports of atrocities against a large number of civilians”. Thousands of […]

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Assad says victory in city would be ‘huge step’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said a victory for his army in Aleppo would be a “huge step” towards ending the country’s five-year civil war. But he added that the defeat of rebel groups in the northern city would not end the conflict. The rebels called for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of […]

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Italy referendum: PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear defeat

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution. In a late-night news conference, he said he took responsibility for the outcome, and said the No camp must now make clear proposals. With most ballots counted, the No vote leads with 60% […]

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Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the ban to improve air quality. They say they will give incentives for alternative vehicle use […]

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Syria conflict: Aleppo defeat ‘not the end for rebels’

The fall of rebel-held eastern Aleppo would not mean the end of the fight against President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian opposition’s senior negotiator has told the BBC. George Sabra added, however, that it would make any hope of a peace deal more difficult. Syrian forces backed by heavy air strikes have seized more than a […]

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Syria war: Key Aleppo rebel area captured by forces

Syrian government forces have captured a key part of eastern Aleppo, splitting rebel-held territory. Both state TV and the monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the district of Sakhour had fallen to the Syrian army. The Syrian army and their allies launched a major offensive to retake control of Aleppo in […]

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Donald Trump calls for unity in Thanksgiving holiday address

US President-elect Donald Trump has called for national unity in an address to mark the Thanksgiving holiday. In the wake of what he called a “long and bruising” election campaign he said emotions in the country were raw. The time had come, he said, “to begin to heal our divisions” but added that “tensions just […]

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