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Johnson set to phone EU leaders to unblock trade talks

Boris Johnson is to make an eleventh-hour attempt to unblock post-Brexit trade talks with the EU, as UK officials admitted that weeks of intense negotiations had almost “run out of road”. The British prime minister will speak to Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, on Saturday to try to …

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Exhausted negotiators struggle to strike Brexit deal

Nine months after talks began, the strain showed as Michel Barnier and David Frost entered the windowless “cave” on Friday in a final attempt to settle the post-Brexit relationship between Britain and the EU. Negotiations that began in March and were supposed to wrap up by July, then by October, …

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China aims to shake US grip on chip design tools

Veteran engineers and high-level executives are leaving top US chip design toolmakers for Chinese rivals as Beijing seeks to break America’s near monopoly on this key segment of the semiconductor industry. Three Chinese start-ups established since September last year were founded by or have hired executives and engineers from Synopsys …

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FirstFT: Today’s top stories

How well did you keep up with the news this week? Take our quiz. The US Congress has passed legislation that would force Chinese companies to delist from American exchanges unless they comply with US accounting rules. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the bill, which could affect companies …

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