U.S. housing starts rise; single-family segment remains weak

  U.S. homebuilding rebounded in November, driven by a surge in multi-family housing projects, but construction of single-family homes fell to a 1-1/2-year low, pointing to deepening housing market weakness that could spill over to the broader economy. The report from the Commerce Department on Tuesday also showed housing starts …

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France to introduce digital tax in new year

France has said it will introduce its own tax on big technology firms from 1 January after EU-wide efforts stalled. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he expected it to bring in €500m (£450m) in 2019. France, along with Germany, had been pushing for the European Commission to agree …

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Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

Former FBI director James Comey lashed out at Donald Trump on Monday for telling “lies” and undermining the rule of law, and urged Republicans to stand up to the president. “The FBI’s reputation has as taken a big hit because the president of the United States, with his acolytes, has …

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