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Sports news LIVE: Premier League talks ongoing with PFA over pay cuts, McGregor lashes out at Chinese government, Anthony Yarde loses another family member

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]We will bring you all the latest sports news and updates on how the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect the sporting calendar.. Headlines: Premier League chiefs reportedly tell players that clubs stand to lose £1.1billion from coronavirus pandemic, no agreement on wage cuts yet Chris Wilder launches passionate defence of Premier League players amid mounting […] talkSPORT
Turkey, EU to hold talks amid standoff over migrants.

Turkey, EU to hold talks amid standoff over migrants.

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Turkey's president is heading for Brussels for talks with European Union officials amid a standoff between Ankara and Brussels over sharing of responsibility for refugees and migrantsBy SUZAN FRASER Associated PressMarch 9, 2020, 10:01 AM3 min readANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heading to Brussels on Monday for talks with European Union officials amid a standoff between Ankara and Brussels over sharing of responsibility for refugees and migrants. Thousands of migrants have massed at Turkey's land border with EU-member Greece after Erdogan's government made good on a long-standing threat and announced that Turkey — which is home to more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees — would no longer prevent migrants and refugees from crossing over into EU countries. Erdoga
As U.S.-Taliban near agreement, fate of intra-Afghan talks remains unclear

As U.S.-Taliban near agreement, fate of intra-Afghan talks remains unclear

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- WASHINGTON -- With the possible signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal in the works, the disputed results of the recent Afghan election could complicate the ability of government representatives to negotiate with the Taliban, experts on the 19-year U.S. involvement in Afghanistan say. After weeks of discussions, the United States reached an "understanding" with the Taliban, negotiating a "significant, nationwide reduction in violence," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The week of reduced violence in the region is expected to begin midnight Friday, officials said. "Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward," Pompeo added. "We are preparing for the signing to take place on Feb. 29." A key pa...
HS2: UK in talks with China over construction of high-speed line

HS2: UK in talks with China over construction of high-speed line

Business
The UK and China have held "preliminary discussions" over giving Beijing's state-owned railway firm a role in building the HS2 high-speed rail line.However, government officials said no "concrete commitments" had been made.China's state railway company said it could build the line in just five years and at a much lower cost, according to a letter seen by Building magazine. But Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat warned letting CRCC build HS2 would be "extremely questionable".It comes after Boris Johnson this week approved the controversial HS2 scheme.This was despite an official review warning costs could reach over £100bn, against a budget of £62bn.Under current plans, the final stretch of the line is not due to be completed until 2040 - although Mr Johnson h
Audit watchdog in secret talks to bolster ‘challengers’

Audit watchdog in secret talks to bolster ‘challengers’

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Major British companies will be forced to ring-fence a substantial proportion of their audit work for challenger firms outside the "big four" under secret proposals drawn up by the accounting regulator.Sky News has learnt from sources in Whitehall that the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has told the government that it wants to oversee a regime it is describing as "managed shared audits". Under the system, all but the very biggest FTSE-350 companies would be required to include at least one challenger firm in their audit tender process.If a big four firm - one of Deloitte, EY, KPMG or PricewaterhouseCoopers - is appointed, work equating to a substantial minority of the audit fee would then have to be undertaken by a smaller rival.One City figure said that substantial minority could be ar...