5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Thursday 16th May 2019
Justin Waite
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05:16, 16th May 2019

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5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Thursday 16th May 2019

5. Consumer and industrial activity in both the U.S. and China slowed in April, even before the world’s two biggest economies entered the latest phase of an escalating trade war that could take a bite out of global growth.

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4. The Labour Party's plans to nationalise the country's energy networks would hinder the shift to green energy, National Grid has said.

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3. Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from "foreign adversaries".

He signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose national security risks in a move that is believed to target Huawei.

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2. HS2 will not offer value for money and risks "short changing" the North of England, a group of peers has warned.

A report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee also said it was "far from convinced" the new high-speed railway will be built within the £55.7bn budget.

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1. Britain's female unemployment rate in the first three months of the year has fallen to 3.7%, the lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

For men the rate was 3.9%, the lowest since mid 1975.

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