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EU leaders agree Russia 'highly likely' to blame

EU leaders agree Russia 'highly likely' to blame

World
EU leaders have agreed it is "highly likely" that Russia is responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack.Following a working dinner at a Brussels summit on Thursday night, European Council President Donald Tusk revealed the bloc's member states have backed the UK Government's assessment there is "no other plausible explanation" than Moscow's culpability.He posted on Twitter: "#EUCO agrees with UK government that highly likely Russia is responsible for #SalisburyAttack and that there is no other plausible explanation."The comment is likely to satisfy Theresa May's hopes of a strong statement from EU leaders over the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.The UK Government has directly blamed Moscow for the attack in Wiltshire, with traces of nerve a...
26 AMCs agree to pay fee for BSE StAR MF platform

26 AMCs agree to pay fee for BSE StAR MF platform

Finance
Leading stock exchange BSE said that 26 asset management companies (AMCs) have agreed to pay fee to the bourse for the services being provided through its mutual fund platform. The exchange expects that the remaining 11 AMCs will also follow the path soon. The move will give BSE additional resources to provide even better services to these fund houses and all investors in mutual funds, bringing further automation and certainty to the mutual funds (MFs) investment process in the country. "BSE is pleased to announce that 26 AMCs out of total 37 AMCs accounting for more than 74 per cent of total assets under management in Indian mutual fund industry have agreed to pay a nominal service charge per transaction on bilateral basis to BSE for its services being provided through BSE StAR ...
Sky and BT agree new £4.46bn Premier League deal

Sky and BT agree new £4.46bn Premier League deal

Business
Sky Sports and BT have agreed to pay £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22.The broadcasters are splashing out less than last time, when they paid a total of £5.136bn for 168 games.Sky, the owner of Sky News, will pay £3.6bn to show 128 matches per season, two more than under the last deal, while BT will screen 32 games, down from 42 in the previous arrangement - paying £885m.Under the latest expanded deal, which in total offers 200 games for broadcast, there are still two packages of 20 fixtures a season each on the table - and "interest from multiple bidders", according to the Premier League.On average, the price per game under the newly agreed deal is about £9.3m - less than the average £10.2m last time, though each of the seven "packages" of right
Michy Batshuayi: Borussia Dortmund agree loan deal for Chelsea striker

Michy Batshuayi: Borussia Dortmund agree loan deal for Chelsea striker

Sports
Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi on loan for the rest of the season, subject to a medical.The deal could hasten Arsenal's signing of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who Dortmund have said they will only sell if a replacement is found.Chelsea could sign Olivier Giroud from the Gunners as a replacement for Batshuayi to complete a three-way deal.The German transfer window closes at 17:00 GMT on Wednesday.Transfer deadline day live - latest news on rumours and completed dealsIs Batshuayi the first link in the Aubameyang merry-go-round?Check out all of January's confirmed transfersBelgium international Batshuayi has made 32 league appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Marseille in July 2016, scoring seven goals.Blues manager Antonio C...
Some BBC male presenters agree pay cut

Some BBC male presenters agree pay cut

Entertainment
Some of the BBC's leading male presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Nicky Campbell is among several people who have all agreed, either formally or in principle, to reduce their salaries.Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards have also agreed to pay cuts, either formally or in principle, BBC media editor Amol Rajan said.And the corporation is believed to be in discussions with North America editor Jon Sopel.It follows Carrie Gracie's resignation from her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors. An independent audit into equal pay at the BBC will be published next week. The corporation said: "We've already set out a range of action we're taking on fair pay, and we'll have more to say on the iss...