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Head of the Task Force for Relations with the UK, Michel Barnier, pictured during the debate on EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, on April 27, 2021. Photo: Olivier Hoslet / Pool / AFP
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Brexit: how it started, how it’s going

The European Parliament is set to vote on the EU's divorce settlement with Britain, the 1,246-page Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Here's what the post-Brexit pact sets out in key areas:
An iAccess ScanFACE control biometric terminal with facial recognition and body temperature control pictured at the Colosseum in Rome on June 1, 2020
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EU unveils ‘landmark’ AI rules to curb Big Brother fears

The EU unveils a plan to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at easing public fears of Big Brother-like abuses by imposing checks on technology deemed "high-risk"
A banner opposing the Super League hangs outside Liverpool FC's Anfield ground in Liverpool, northwest England on April 19, 2021. Photo: Paul Ellis / AFP
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European Super League football shows shift to ‘closed shop’

The formation of a European Super League highlights a shift by the world's richest football clubs away from sporting merit and towards a "closed shop" that gives them more financial security
A shopper carries purchases after leaving a branch of clothing and food retailer Marks and Spencer in central London on August 18, 2020. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
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Brexit deal’s ‘rules of origin’ spark trade confusion

Many British businesses are swiftly discovering that they must now pay duties on exports bound for the European Union, despite the breakthrough Brexit free trade deal clinched over Christmas
This picture shows a view of the business district of La Defense west of Paris taken from the roof of the Grande Arche on October 8, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections to the Covid-19 (the novel coronavirus). - La Defense, the largest European business district and the fourth largest in the world, had to reshape its activity following the Covid-19 pandemic: work from home, barrier measures and safety guidelines. According to Paris-La Defense association district, 60% of its workers have returned to the office. However, following the lockdown, the generalisation of home working, the partial closure of bars and restaurants and, now, the curfew, the daily life of some 500 companies and 180,000 employees is permanently affected. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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In the sleeping towers of Paris’ vast business district

As France heads towards a new lockdown, how has Europe's largest business district of La Defense reshaped its work practices to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic?
A shopper walks past a sign reading "Welcome Back" in the window display of a re-opened Zara shop in Grafton Street in central Dublin, Ireland on June 8, 2020, as lockdown measures are eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Stores and some offices reopened on Monday in Ireland, as the government decided to speed up deconfinement due to progress in fighting the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic in the country. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)
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Down but not out: crisis puts the brakes on fast fashion

Zara, H&M and Gap may be reopening their stores but the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the fast fashion sector, which needs a radical overhaul if it is to recover, experts say
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