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Image copyright Getty Images The pound has resumed its downward slide as investors continue to react to the political uncertainty following last week’s shock UK election result. Sterling had stabilised in early trade, but by late afternoon had dropped 0.66% against the dollar to $1.2659 and fell 0.73% against the…

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Image copyright PA The UK general election result could delay Brexit talks and be negative for the economy, credit ratings agencies Moody’s and S&P have warned. The Brexit negotiations with the EU were due to start on 19 June but Moody’s said the fact that the Conservatives had lost their…

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Image copyright iStock Image caption Only a minority of ballet students are boys, says the Royal Academy of Dance Moves from Angry Birds and Minecraft as well as footballers’ goal celebrations are being used to encourage more boys to take up ballet. Just 1.8% of ballet exam candidates are boys,…

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There are growing calls for a rethink of Theresa May’s Brexit stance in the wake of a hung parliament. The Conservatives leader had sought to take the UK out of the single market and end freedom of movement, but her party lost its Commons majority. Former Chancellor George Osborne said…

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Image copyright Getty Images The uncertainty caused by the general election has led business confidence to sink “through the floor”, according to a lobby group. A snap poll of 700 members of the Institute of Directors found a “dramatic drop” in confidence following the hung parliament. Members saw no clear…

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Image caption Professor Patrick Johnston, 58, was appointed vice-chancellor in March 2014 Tributes have been paid to Prof Patrick Johnston, the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast (QUB), who died suddenly on Sunday. Prof Johnston’s death at 58 had caused “a deep sense of shock and loss”, said QUB’s registrar,…

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Image copyright PA A measles outbreak has been declared at a school in Newport. Public Health Wales said four people with links to Lliswerry High School had been diagnosed with the illness. Vaccinations are being carried out at the school and parents have been sent letters to alert them to…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Time for a toast? Some German firms think so It’s a strange day when German business leaders – hardly known for their Bolshevism – are tentatively raising their glasses to toast a favourable election result for a left-wing, pro-borrowing, high-spending candidate. And yet that…

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