Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is difficult to identify to know how much unauthorised lending is going on, says the FCA More than 300,000 UK households are currently using illegal money lenders to make ends meet, says the Illegal Money Lending Team, the body that investigates and prosecutes…

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The C.I.A. and other American intelligence services had predicted this moment would come, eventually. For decades, they accurately projected the broad trajectory of North Korea’s nuclear program. Yet their inability to foresee the North’s rapid strides over the past several months now ranks among America’s most significant intelligence failures, current…

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More than a year ago, Republican leaders in Congress agreed that committees in the House and Senate would investigate Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Mr. Graham declared in December 2016, “The first thing we want to establish is, ‘Did the Russians hack into our political…

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Image copyright Getty Images As the new year gets underway, expert commentators give their view on what 2018 holds in store. Here are three big themes to watch out for over the next 12 months. Can the stock market rally go on? The new year has begun with stock markets…

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Image copyright Getty Images The House of Fraser department store chain has confirmed that it is seeking to reduce rents on some of its stores. The retailer confirmed that it had written to some landlords asking for their “support”. The move, first reported by Sky News, suggests that it could…

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Image copyright Getty Images MPs are calling for a 25p “latte levy” on disposal coffee cups – and a total ban unless recycling improves. The Environmental Audit Committee says the tax should be used to improve the UK’s recycling and reprocessing facilities. The MPs say throwaway cups should be prohibited…

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