UK trade secretary moves to advance US talks

Britain’s trade secretary Liz Truss will meet top American officials in Washington next week in their first talks since the UK and US launched trade negotiations.

The meeting comes as the two sides press ahead into the second week of the third round of talks, which have so far been conducted through online video conferencing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Two people familiar with Ms Truss’s schedule said she was expected to be in Washington from this weekend, with a third person saying that the British cabinet minister was expected to meet Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative, on Monday and Tuesday to discuss progress made so far. 

“I think they see this as an opportunity to take stock of where we are, agree next steps and priorities and continue to build their relationship,” said a person familiar with the talks.

A USTR official confirmed that Mr Lighthizer was set

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Coronavirus: BA pilots vote to accept jobs deal involving redundancies as airline faces ‘enormous challenge’ | Business News

British Airways pilots have voted to accept a deal that will include job losses and pay cuts to avoid a larger number of redundancies, their union has announced. 

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said there will be around 270 compulsory redundancies and temporary pay cuts starting at 20% and reducing to 8% over two years.

In the longer term, the pay will return to normal levels.

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The aviation industry is in a desperate situation as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted many flights, causing the collapse of some carriers, state bailouts and tens of thousands of redundancies.

BA has proposed 12,000 redundancies, including 1,255 pilot job losses, and also threatened to fire and rehire the remaining pilots on worse conditions.

Balpa said 85% of its members had voted for the new deal it negotiated with BA.

“Our members have made a pragmatic

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Rupert Murdoch’s son James quits News Corporation board after ‘disagreements over editorial content’ | Business News

The younger son of tycoon Rupert Murdoch has resigned from the board of News Corporation, the media empire which his father founded.

James Murdoch, 47, cited “disagreements over certain editorial content” published by its news outlets and “other strategic decisions”.

The nature of the disagreements and the news outlets have not been disclosed.

In January, Mr Murdoch and his wife Kathryn criticised the organisation’s businesses for their “ongoing denial” of the climate crisis, as bushfires devastated large parts of Australia.

Mr Murdoch, who was a Harvard dropout and co-founder of a hip hop music label, was chief executive of 21st Century Fox from 2015 to 2019, before most of its assets were sold to Disney.

He also formerly held the positions of chief executive and later chairman of Sky, the owner of Sky News.

Rupert Murdoch with his sons Lachlan (L) and James

He said in a letter on

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