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Factbox: Die-hard eurosceptic or opportunist? Boris Johnson's views on the EU

LONDON Boris Johnson, the front-runner to be Britain's next prime minister, was the face of the official campaign to leave the European Union. But he has made contradictory statements in the past about the relationship he wants Britain to have with the world's largest trading bloc.

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Factbox: Die-hard eurosceptic or opportunist? Boris Johnson's views on the EU

LONDON Boris Johnson, the front-runner to be Britain's next prime minister, was the face of the official campaign to leave the European Union. But he has made contradictory statements in the past about the relationship he wants Britain to have with the world's largest trading bloc.

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Retired Admiral McRaven has no regrets over criticizing Trump

NEW YORK Retired Navy Admiral and former U.S. special operations chief William McRaven has no regrets about criticizing President Donald Trump, though he said on Wednesday that friends in the military faulted him for disparaging the commander-in-chief. | Video

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Uber, ahead of IPO, sees some time before self-driving cars dominate the road

NEW YORK Uber Technologies Inc expects it will be a long time before one of its biggest investments, self-driving cars, is ready for wide-scale deployment, a senior scientist said on Monday, as the ride-sharing firm gears up to go public. | Video

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Japan's top MOF official says low long-term rates hurting banks

TOKYO Japan's top finance ministry bureaucrat said on Friday that domestic financial institutions were facing severe strain as long-term interest rates remained low due to the Bank of Japan's massive monetary stimulus.

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Former UK PM Blair says the disappearance of Saudi journalist is extremely troubling

LONDON Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday that the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was extremely troubling and went against the spirit of the reforms advocated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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UK watchdog warns financial firms over Big Data

LONDON Britain's banks and insurers must take the lead in spelling out how they will use data collected from customers or they could face new rules, Financial Conduct Authority Chair Charles Randell said on Wednesday.

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UK watchdog sees no appetite from banks to rip up rules after Brexit

LONDON Britain's banks and insurers do not want their rulebooks dismantled after Brexit and the ability to ease regulation will depend on the country's future trade deal with Europe, Financial Conduct Authority Chair Charles Randell said on Wednesday.

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HPE could mitigate impact of future U.S. tariffs, CEO says

SAN FRANCISCO Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co can boost manufacturing at its facility in Wisconsin if trade tensions with China escalate, Chief Executive Antonio Neri said on Monday.

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Google's Hinton says AI poses new challenges to regulators

TORONTO Expansion of artificial intelligence in financial services, healthcare, transportation and other fields poses new challenges to governments charged with regulating those industries, according to an executive with Google who is a pioneer in the field of machine learning. | Video

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Mark Cuban says tax rates have almost no impact on investment

NEW YORK Billionaire entrepreneur and potential presidential candidate Mark Cuban said on Wednesday that a cut in the U.S. corporate tax rate would have little to no effect on his investment decisions. | Video

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Thursday Morning Briefing

Zimbabwean President Mugabe insists he stays on as the country’s ruler, Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri is expected to fly to France and a portrait of Christ breaks the world record for the highest artwork sale at auction.

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Ryan says Republican tax plan must speed through choppy waters: Reuters interview

WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that a sweeping Republican tax-cut plan is entering its toughest phase yet as lobbyists swarm Congress to try to protect valuable tax breaks. | Video

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U.S. lawmakers will not tackle healthcare this year, Ryan says: Reuters interview

WASHINGTON Republican lawmakers will not take up a bipartisan plan to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets or try again to repeal and replace the law this year, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday, signaling his party was shelving the matter until the 2018 U.S. congressional election year.

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Brazil minister raises prospect of Petrobras privatization

BRASILIA Brazil's mines and energy minister, Fernando Coelho Filho, said on Tuesday that President Michel Temer's government is not planning to privatize state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, after saying the previous evening that such a sale could be possible one day.

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RBC's CEO pushes back on suggestion bitcoin is a fraud

TORONTO The chief executive of Canada's biggest lender on Thursday pushed back on a suggestion by JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon that bitcoin is a fraud, though he said the cryptocurrency needs monitoring. | Video

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Microsoft search engine Bing to focus on PC search market: CEO

NEW YORK Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said on Wednesday the company's search engine, Bing, will focus on expanding in the PC search market after losing its deal with Apple Inc's voice assistant Siri. | Video

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Brazil's Temer says government not considering privatizing Petrobras

NEW YORK Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Wednesday state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro , a symbol of national sovereignty, would stay in public hands even as his government makes an aggressive privatization push. | Video

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'Not scared': Australian regulator takes aim at country's powerful banks

SYDNEY Australia's corporate regulator took aim at the nation's four major banks, saying the powerful institutions "with a lot of hubris" aren't used to being taken on by regulators who have stepped up scrutiny of the scandal-hit sector.

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Lacking alternatives, HKEx has to keep the faith with London Metal Exchange: Andy Home

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