The 0.6 percent gain beat the 0.5 percent median forecast of economists in a Bloomberg survey and marked a 16th straight quarter of growth. It was driven entirely by services, helped by consumer spending, with zero support from production and construction, the Office for National Statistics said on Thursday. Source: Bloomberg
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The state of Berlin has been ordered to pay a Muslim teacher €6,900 after it rejected her job application on the grounds that she wore a head scarf. The Berlin labour court ordered the state to pay the woman the equivalent of two months’ salary. A second case of a teacher whom the state rejected because of her head scarf is also currently being considered by the court. Source The Local
Britain could launch military retaliation such as air strikes against a future cyber attack, the Defence Secretary has suggested. Sir Michael Fallon warned potential attackers that a strike on UK systems “could invite a response from any domain – air, land, sea or cyberspace”. Source The Telegraph
French President Emmanuel Macron invited his US counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday to attend the country’s traditional Bastille Day military parade, despite public differences over the Paris Agreement on climate change. Source France24