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  • WASHINGTON — The structure of North America's manufacturing networks will be on the line when the first round of negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement begins here this week. The central showdown is expected to revolve around the amount of regional content products must contain to qualify for duty-free status, the so-called rules of origin. How that contest plays out will have profound implications for the auto industry. Administration officials have pointed to stricter rules of origin as one way to address reducing the $60 billion bilateral trade deficit with Mexico and shifting more production to U.S. factories. In the auto sector, 62.5 percent of a car's content value must come from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to avoid duties when shipped across the border for final sale. The White House has signaled it wants to raise the regional-content threshold, and possibly even carve out a minimum requirement for U.S. content, to keep more local work and p..

    NAFTA’s touchy issue: rules of origin

    WASHINGTON — The structure of North America's manufacturing networks will be on the line when the first round of negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement begins here this week. The central showdown is expected to revolve around the amount of regional content products must contain to qualify for duty-free status, the so-called rules of origin. How that contest plays out will have profound implications for the auto industry. Administration officials have pointed to stricter rules of origin as one way to address reducing the $60 billion bilateral trade deficit with Mexico and shifting more production to U.S. factories. In the auto sector, 62.5 percent of a car's content value must come from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to avoid duties when shipped across the border for final sale. The White House has signaled it wants to raise the regional-content threshold, and possibly even carve out a minimum requirement for U.S. content, to keep more local work and p..
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  • DETROIT -- The U.S. government is seeking public comments for a review of tough U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. The review was ordered by Republican President Donald Trump earlier this year. It is widely seen as a preamble to loosening fuel standards, handing a victory to the auto industry. Rules set by the EPA may, however, take a back seat to consumers demanding vehicles that guzzle less gas and automakers having to meet strict standards if they want to sell cars overseas, according to auto industry analysts. "We want to increase public participation, listen to those impacted directly by our regulations and use the best available information and data to inform our regulatory actions," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement. The Obama administration's rules, negotiated with automakers in 2012, were aimed at doubling average f..

    U.S. opens comment period for review of mpg rules

    DETROIT -- The U.S. government is seeking public comments for a review of tough U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. The review was ordered by Republican President Donald Trump earlier this year. It is widely seen as a preamble to loosening fuel standards, handing a victory to the auto industry. Rules set by the EPA may, however, take a back seat to consumers demanding vehicles that guzzle less gas and automakers having to meet strict standards if they want to sell cars overseas, according to auto industry analysts. "We want to increase public participation, listen to those impacted directly by our regulations and use the best available information and data to inform our regulatory actions," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement. The Obama administration's rules, negotiated with automakers in 2012, were aimed at doubling average f..
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  • Neymar's world-record 222 million euro move to Paris St Germain has encouraged international players' association FIFPro to demand an investigation into "anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal" FIFA transfer rules.The 25-year-old Brazil forward on Thursday signed a five-year deal with PSG after his legal representatives paid Barcelona 222m euros (£200.6million) to secure an early release from his contract at the Nou Camp.Barca have passed the details of the transaction to UEFA with a view to determining whether there are any "disciplinary responsibilities" concerning Financial Fair Play and adherence to market rules attached to the case.On Friday morning FIFPro general secretary Theo van Seggelen bemoaned what he sees as a drift towards dominance of world football by "a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs".In a statement, he said: "FIFPro is calling on the European Commission to investigate the flow of money via transfer fees within the EU territory to un..

    FIFPro demand probe into FIFA transfer rules in wake of Neymar move

    Neymar's world-record 222 million euro move to Paris St Germain has encouraged international players' association FIFPro to demand an investigation into "anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal" FIFA transfer rules.The 25-year-old Brazil forward on Thursday signed a five-year deal with PSG after his legal representatives paid Barcelona 222m euros (£200.6million) to secure an early release from his contract at the Nou Camp.Barca have passed the details of the transaction to UEFA with a view to determining whether there are any "disciplinary responsibilities" concerning Financial Fair Play and adherence to market rules attached to the case.On Friday morning FIFPro general secretary Theo van Seggelen bemoaned what he sees as a drift towards dominance of world football by "a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs".In a statement, he said: "FIFPro is calling on the European Commission to investigate the flow of money via transfer fees within the EU territory to un..
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  • Manchester United have been charged by UEFA for breaching anti-doping regulations after the Europa League final win over Ajax, with Phil Jones and Daley Blind being punished too. The club has been fined €10,000 not adhering to properly ensuring their players reported for testing immediately after t..

    Jones banned and Man Utd charged for breaching anti-doping rules in Europa League final

    Manchester United have been charged by UEFA for breaching anti-doping regulations after the Europa League final win over Ajax, with Phil Jones and Daley Blind being punished too. The club has been fined €10,000 not adhering to properly ensuring their players reported for testing immediately after t..
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  • Manchester United have been charged by UEFA for breaching anti-doping regulations after the Europa League final win over Ajax, with Phil Jones and Daley Blind being punished too. The club has been fined €10,000 not adhering to properly ensuring their players reported for testing immediately after t..

    Man Utd charged for breaching anti-doping rules in Europa League final

    Manchester United have been charged by UEFA for breaching anti-doping regulations after the Europa League final win over Ajax, with Phil Jones and Daley Blind being punished too. The club has been fined €10,000 not adhering to properly ensuring their players reported for testing immediately after t..
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  • Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti insists the "conversation is over" when it comes to a potential move away from San Siro for in-demand winger Ivan Perisic.Croatian Perisic, 28, has been linked to Premier League club Manchester United this summer but Inter have taken him on their pre-season tours and appear unwilling..

    Inter boss Luciano Spalletti rules out Ivan Perisic departure

    Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti insists the "conversation is over" when it comes to a potential move away from San Siro for in-demand winger Ivan Perisic.Croatian Perisic, 28, has been linked to Premier League club Manchester United this summer but Inter have taken him on their pre-season tours and appear unwilling..
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  • Financial Fair Play was brought in to control spending, among other things, so how are PSG in a position to obliterate the transfer record? SPECIAL REPORT While Gerard Pique's "gut feeling" is that Barcelona team-mate Neymar will remain in Catalunya, the Brazilian's reluctance to comment ..

    How PSG can sign Neymar for €222m and not break FFP rules

    Financial Fair Play was brought in to control spending, among other things, so how are PSG in a position to obliterate the transfer record? SPECIAL REPORT While Gerard Pique's "gut feeling" is that Barcelona team-mate Neymar will remain in Catalunya, the Brazilian's reluctance to comment ..
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  • Fees for those bringing employment tribunal cases to court are unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court found that the fees, which were introduced in 2013, prevented access to justice for workers unable to fund their case.The government brought fees in to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases, but that led to a 79% reduction in cases over three years.The government will have to pay back the £32m in fees paid by claimants. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.

    Employment tribunal fees unlawful, Supreme Court rules

    Fees for those bringing employment tribunal cases to court are unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court found that the fees, which were introduced in 2013, prevented access to justice for workers unable to fund their case.The government brought fees in to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases, but that led to a 79% reduction in cases over three years.The government will have to pay back the £32m in fees paid by claimants. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
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  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More people will be able to donate blood more easily under the new rules Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures.Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12.And sex workers, who were previously barred from donating, now can, subject to the same three-month rule.Experts said the move would give more people the opportunity to donate blood without affecting blood supply safety.The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs - which advises UK health departments - recommended the changes after concluding that new testing systems were accurate and donors were good at complying with the rules. Three-month windowAll blood that is donated in the UK undergoes a mandatory test for Hepatitis B and C, and HIV, plus a couple of other viruses.Scientists agree that thr..

    Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More people will be able to donate blood more easily under the new rules Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures.Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12.And sex workers, who were previously barred from donating, now can, subject to the same three-month rule.Experts said the move would give more people the opportunity to donate blood without affecting blood supply safety.The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs - which advises UK health departments - recommended the changes after concluding that new testing systems were accurate and donors were good at complying with the rules. Three-month windowAll blood that is donated in the UK undergoes a mandatory test for Hepatitis B and C, and HIV, plus a couple of other viruses.Scientists agree that thr..
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  • Image copyright PA Image caption The report recognises that civil servants' expertise is much in demand in the private sector Rules governing jobs civil servants can take on after leaving government are not being applied consistently, the public spending watchdog has found.Officials must get departments' say-so before taking up private sector roles.But the National Audit Office found firms were not being notified of conditions attached to jobs, such as lobbying bans, designed to stop abuse of influence for commercial gain.It also said jobs were being approved retrospectively, against the rules.The business appointment rules, which are overseen by the Cabinet Office, are designed to ensure that officials uphold civil service values for a period of two years after leaving Whitehall and do not take on work that would give "cause for justified public concern, criticism or misinterpretation". Specifically, they are designed to mitigate against the risks of a civil servant bei..

    Job rules for departing civil servants ‘not applied’ properly

    Image copyright PA Image caption The report recognises that civil servants' expertise is much in demand in the private sector Rules governing jobs civil servants can take on after leaving government are not being applied consistently, the public spending watchdog has found.Officials must get departments' say-so before taking up private sector roles.But the National Audit Office found firms were not being notified of conditions attached to jobs, such as lobbying bans, designed to stop abuse of influence for commercial gain.It also said jobs were being approved retrospectively, against the rules.The business appointment rules, which are overseen by the Cabinet Office, are designed to ensure that officials uphold civil service values for a period of two years after leaving Whitehall and do not take on work that would give "cause for justified public concern, criticism or misinterpretation". Specifically, they are designed to mitigate against the risks of a civil servant bei..
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