China has confirmed that it has detained two Canadian men in what appears to be retaliation for the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer.

The US Senate has passed a resolution stating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Theresa May’s hopes of getting EU leaders to help her push her Brexit deal through parliament have been dealt a severe blow as she prepares to return home and face her party.

The UK’s big four auditors will next week face an unprecedented move to limit their market share and allow smaller rivals to gatecrash their self-confessed oligopoly as regulators shake up a sector rattled by a string of corporate collapses.

Mike Ashley has been rebuffed by Debenhams after he offered a £40m loan to bail out the struggling department store amid speculation it had “zero chance of survival”.

 

Brexit uncertainty has pushed a key measure of the housing market to a six-year low, according to surveyors.

Shares in Superdry have plunged by more than a third after it issued its second profit warning in less than two months – blaming mild weather for a potential £22m hit to its bottom line.

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Trump: playing with reality

Surrounded by new radical advisers who support his instincts, Donald Trump meets in North Korea with the international reality, so different from the business world.

The United States, an admirable country in many and varied senses, is also a country in which every day we put our hands to our heads exclaiming: How is it possible that this is happening! While the problems that add up to the world grow in number and character, seemingly without remedy, a gibberish of contradictions shakes the whole nation: what worries the most and what most agitates the media and public opinion is the soap opera, also seemingly endless, of the investigation into the collusion of Donald Trump with the Russian intelligence services and his own efforts with banks in Germany and Russia.

The president does not know how to stop the investigation: to pursue it, he dismissed the director of the FBI, James Comey; he has wanted to get rid of the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for having been challenged because of his own relations with the Russians instead of stopping the investigation; thunders against Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, for having appointed a special prosecutor, Robert Mueller (forgetting that this appointment was applauded by his own party) and now rails against justice when a New York judge, acting on the allegations of the prosecutor’s office, has seized all the documentation of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to clarify the illegality of Trump’s businesses and the payments made to silence his sexual escapades with one or several actresses,

As if that were not enough, Comey has just published the memoirs of his relations with the president and his dismissal in terms that are surprising not so much because of the data he reveals – which add almost nothing to what is already known – but because of personal comments and political positions that are allowed to be made. Superior loyalty denounces the president’s immorality, declares him unfit for the presidency and a danger to the nation. Comey hopes his book will convince the electorate to vote against his re-election. Many are hoping that it will reveal what Trump really is for his followers …

-JAIME DE OJEDA

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