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Isil bride Shamima Begum has British citizenship revoked by Home Office

“The letter read: “Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship” writes Tom Harris for telegraph.co.uk. It is understood the teenager, who grew up in Bethnal Green east London, has dual Bangladeshi nationality, meaning the move will not render her stateless.In a letter sent to her family in east London, officials said the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, had made the decision in “light of the circumstances”. “In light of the circumstances of your daughter,…

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Victoria Beckham had a Spice Girls drag performance at her London Fashion Week after party

“After Beckham’s London Fashion Week show, her after-party guests were surprised by a drag performance of the Spice Girls’ hit song “Wannabe,” featuring drag queens dressed as Baby, Ginger, Sporty, Scary, and Posh” writes Laura Byager for mashable.com. A video of the performance was posted to Twitter by DJ and drag performer Jodie Harsh, in which you can also see Beckham’s evident joy. Source: mashable.com

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City of London Investment Group posts profit fall

“City of London Investment Group PLC (CLIG.LN) said Monday that profit and funds under management fell in its first half, but it declared a special dividend” writes Adam Clark for marketwatch.com. The emerging markets-focused asset manager said pretax profit fell to 5.2 million pounds ($6.7 million) in the six months to Dec. 31 from GBP6.6 million in the year-earlier half.Funds under management stood at $4.6 billion at the end of the half, down from $5.1 billion at the beginning of the year. Source: marketwatch.com

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London stocks cling to gains; AstraZeneca surges on results

“London stocks held on to slight gains Thursday, as investors continued to look to global trade talks for inspiration, while balancing some grim economic news from Europe and a weak start for Wall Street after disappointing retail sales data” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. Drug stocks led the gains after upbeat results from AstraZeneca PLC. The FTSE 100 UKX, +0.09% was up 0.1% to 7,199.27, after closing up 0.8% on Wednesday, The pound GBPUSD, -0.3737% was under pressure, dropping to $1.2788 from $1.2844 late in New York on Wednesday. Source: marketwatch.com

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Kate Middleton Wore a Tweed Outfit to the Royal Foundation‘s ‘Mental Health in Education’ Conference

“The Duchess of Cambridge is spending her afternoon at the Royal Foundation’s Mental Health in Education conference in London” writes Alyssa Bailey for elle.com. Kate’s most recent solo engagement was focused on children’s mental health.According to Kensington Palace, the conference today “brings together delegates from health and education to discuss what more can be done to tackle mental health issues in schools in support of both pupils and staff. Source: elle.com

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London struggles as investors eye U.S. politics; TUI under pressure

“London markets struggled to stay positive, as investors watched U.S. politics and potential for a trade deal between that country and China” writes Emily Horton for marketwatch.com. Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News & Friends that Trump and China President Xi Jinping seem nearer a trade deal.Investors also remain glued to ongoing trade talks in China. Source: marketwatch.com

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London markets lifted by weak pound; Brexit and trade talks loom

“Investors will also keep an eye on trade talks between the Trump administration and China, set to start in Beijing on Monday” writes Emily Horton for marketwatch.com. London markets rose Monday, lifted by a weaker pound, which sagged over increasing concerns over Britain’s exit from the European Union and fresh data showing sluggish growth in the final quarter of 2018. Source: marketwatch.com

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VidCon London heralds a YouTube revolution

“Most online video stars ignored traditional media, while traditional media looked down their noses in disdain at these new upstarts” writes Richard Benson for theguardian.com. VidCon’s chief executive, Jim Louderback, says the event is coming to London because the UK is “the biggest online video audience in Europe, and one of the biggest English-speaking markets in the world”, and because it “has an amazing group of local creators”. Source: theguardian.com

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The real-life Wolf of Wall Street says ‘it’ll work out’ for the City of London after Brexit

“People want to do business in London, they’re comfortable doing business here” writes Callum Burroughs for businessinsider.com. They have been doing business for how many? 270 years, right?”. Jordan Belfort, whose “Wolf of Wall Street” memoir about his time as a penny stockbroker led to a Martin Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has suggested that London will remain an important financial center after Brexit.Despite a number of major financial institutions pulling staff, office space, and money from London since the Brexit vote in 2016, the Wolf of Wall Street’s savvy…

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