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Live Reporting

By Mary-Ann Russon and Tom Espiner

All times stated are UK

  1. Brexit: Boris Johnson will send extension letter - court document

    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU asking for a Brexit delay if no deal is agreed by 19 October, according to government papers submitted to a Scottish court.

    The document was revealed as campaigners sought a ruling forcing the PM to comply with the law.

    Their QC said the submission contradicted statements by the prime minister last week in Parliament.

    But Downing Street said the UK would still be leaving the EU on 31 October.

    Read more here.

  2. Thousands join Hong Kong protests

    Hong Kong protest
    Image caption: Protesters march in the heart of Hong Kong's commercial district

    Thousands of people have joined spontaneous pro-democracy protests around Hong Kong, to show their anger at a ban on face masks that comes into effect shortly.

    Many left work early to join the demonstrations after the government announced the ban.

    A large crowd has marched towards the Wan Chai commercial district.

    Some protesters have smashed metro stations and attacked businesses.

    Police have used teargas to keep people back.

    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the face mask ban was needed after months of protests.

    Activists use the masks to stay anonymous and protect themselves from tear gas.

    A protester runs away from a fire set up at the Causeway Bay metro station entrance in Hong Kong
    Image caption: A protester runs away from a fire set up at the Causeway Bay metro station entrance in Hong Kong
  3. Brexit 'complicating EU anti-money laundering'

    Brexit is making the fight against money laundering in the EU more complicated, European regulators have warned.

    No-deal could interrupt the exchange of information between regulators, and firms relocating out the UK could overwhelm national bodies that supervise anti-money laundering, according to the report, as cited by Bloomberg.

  4. US stocks open higher

    Wall Street trader

    The main US stock indexes have opened higher after data showed a moderate increase in job growth in September, with the unemployment rate dropping to a 50 year low, easing worries of a sharp slowdown in the world's largest economy.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 70.66 points to 26,271.70. The S&P 500 was higher by 7.93 points at 2,918.56. The Nasdaq Composite gained 36.17 points, rising to 7,908.44.

  5. Dollar gets jobs data boost

    Dollar bill with pound and euro

    The dollar is trading up against the pound and the euro after the US unemployment rate fell to a 50 year low in September.

    Conversely, the pound is down against the dollar and the euro amid Brexit pressures.

  6. Ecuador fuel subsidy protests continue

    Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest against the elimination of fuel subsidies in Quito, Ecuador

    Protests over the elimination of fuel subsidies paralyzed transport in major Ecuadorean cities for a second day on Friday after unrest that has led to 275 arrests and injured 28 policemen, the government said.

    Witnesses said bus and taxi services remained on strike after fuel prices soared on Thursday following President Lenin Moreno's fiscal measures earlier in the week.

    The government eliminated four-decade-old fuel subsidies on Tuesday as part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to obtain loans.

  7. US adds 136,000 jobs in September

    The US added 136,000 jobs in September, against an expectation of 145,000.

    The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, a 50-year-low.

  8. US tariff damage to Spanish agriculture 'unacceptable'

    Luis Planas

    Damage to Spain's food and agriculture sector from new US tariffs on European Union products is unacceptable, acting Agriculture Minister Luis Planas has said.

    Spain estimates the duties, which the US said it would place on products including wine and cheese as punishment for illegal EU aircraft subsidies, will affect around €1bn (£890m) of exports a year.

    "We consider it unacceptable that the Spanish agri-food sector suffers or could suffer trade retaliation as a result of this aviation dispute," Mr Planas said.

  9. New US tariffs on EU goods 'will cost jobs'

    Cheese board

    New 25% US tariffs on Italian cheese, French wine, Scotch whisky, British biscuits, Spanish olives and thousands of other European food products will lead to higher prices and cost American jobs, a trade group has said.

    The Speciality Food Association said in a statement the tariffs would decrease sales and adversely impact US employment at 14,000 specialty food retailers and 20,000 other food retailers across the United States.

    The impact would be "dramatic," the trade group said.

    Higher prices "will hit Americans in the wallet just as the holiday season is approaching," the group said.

    "The cheese/charcuterie board that currently cost you $45 will put you back $60 after tariffs. The treats you provide your family to celebrate Thanksgiving and the year-end holidays may become out of reach."

    The US Trade Representative's Office said on Wednesday it was imposing tariffs on hundreds of European products after the World Trade Organization gave the green light to the action in response to EU subsidies on large aircraft.

    Single-malt whisky represented over half of the total value of British products on the US tariff list, amounting to over $460m, (£373m) according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

  10. London markets mostly flat

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares are mostly flat, as the indexes recovered only slightly from its worst week in 20 months. Investor fears of an impending economic slowdown and risk of recession led to a global sell-off of stocks.

    The FTSE 100 is now only 14.1 points or 0.2% ahead to 7,091.75, led by the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, which rose 2.1% to 487.4p.

    Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 is flat at 1.4 points or 0% up to 10,349.56. Top of the winners is fresh prepared foods maker Bakkavor Group, edging 4.3% ahead to 120.1p.

    On Thursday, the owner of brands like West Cornwall Pasty Co and Ginsters pasties posted an £8.9m loss for the first-half of 2019, citing a "challenging" year due to changing consumer tastes and higher material cost inflation for meals and desserts.

  11. Will Johnson's Brexit plan work for business?

    Faisal Islam

    BBC Economics Editor

    Customs border control

    Quite naturally the response to the Prime Minister's new Brexit offer to the European Union has focused on the impact in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    But set behind the important complexities of Irish regulatory alignment and the PM's reference to "de minimis" customs checks in Ireland is a more fundamental shift about the overall shape of a future relationship with the European Union.

    It is a substantial change from the deal negotiated by Theresa May that would have seen the UK, in Boris Johnson's words, as "closely integrated" with EU custom arrangements and "aligned with EU law in many areas".

    The PM wrote to Jean Claude Juncker: "That proposed future relationship is not the goal of the current UK Government".

    That is why he says the backstop is a "bridge to nowhere". But in overall economic terms it is vitally important in and of itself.

  12. 'Suddenly I was in a 25 year contract'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Solarplicity Community Energy Scheme

    On 13 August, renewable energy supplier Solarplicity ceased to trade, affecting about 7,500 consumer customers. However, its solar panel business has continued to trade.

    BBC Stoke and BBC Radio 5 Live have been investigating claims by social housing tenants in Stoke that they have been harassed by a partnership between Stoke Council and Solarplicity to put free solar panels on social housing, which was designed to provide long-term energy savings for council tenants.

    “The sales rep turned up and told me to sign something on an iPad, and suddenly I was in a 25-year contract,” a council tenant told the BBC.

    Residents have complained of aggressive selling tactics to get them to agree to have the solar panels installed, saying that in some cases they were approached over 10 times by the company.

    They say they trusted Solarplicity because Stoke Council was in partnership with the firm, but they felt "duped" by being asked to sign an iPad for what they thought was a preliminary survey to check if their roof was suitable for solar panels to be fitted.

    Many tenants said Solarplicity told them that they could lose their homes if they did not sign up to have the panels installed on their roof.

    Stoke Council has stopped Solarplicity from installing any more solar panels since June.

    Solarplicity refutes all allegations and says very few complaints were made. It insisted that it is not driven by purely by profit or selling contracts, and is committed to save the planet.

  13. EU set to remove Switzerland and UAE from tax haven blacklist

    Briefcase full of dollars

    European Union finance ministers are set to remove Switzerland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the bloc's lists of countries deemed to act as tax havens, Reuters reports.

    They are expected to drop UAE from the blacklist on 10 October, which includes jurisdictions that have failed to cooperate with the EU on tax matters.

    The Pacific archipelago of the Marshall Islands will also be removed from the list.

    Switzerland will be removed from a grey list that includes countries that have committed to change their tax rules to make them compliant with EU standards.

  14. Facebook removes hundreds of 'inauthentic accounts'

    Facebook logo

    Facebook says it has removed hundreds of pages, groups and accounts that were involved in "co-ordinated inauthentic behavior" on the social media network and Instagram.

    In a blog post, the firm said it found three separate operations: one originating in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria, and the other two in Indonesia and Egypt.

    "We removed 211 Facebook accounts, 107 Pages, 43 Groups and 87 Instagram accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior," Facebook said.

    "The people behind this network used fake accounts – some of which had already been disabled by our automated systems — to run Pages, post in Groups, disseminate their content and artificially increase engagement."

  15. All eyes on US jobs data

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    construction workesr

    "All eyes" are on data coming out of the US later showing how many new jobs were created in September, Emily Waterworth, investment manager at Brewin Dolphin’s Belfast office, told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.

    The markets are expecting 145,000 to be added to payrolls. "If any significant discrepancies from this figure this we’re going to see the markets moving, " she said.

    That's after stock markets fell sharply on Wednesday.

    "What we’re looking for is some information as to whether or not the US labour market is holding up. We’ve seen weak manufacturing figures and that has concerned markets, particularly as we've then seen the services sector coming through weakly yesterday.

    "There’s concerns across the board. In the UK people are concerned about Brexit and consumer demand. In the States there's concern about tariffs and labour resources".

  16. EU 'will retaliate against US tariffs'

    Bottles of whisky

    The European Union is now likely to retaliate against new US tariffs on European goods, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said

    "The European Union now will have to react and, after obtaining the approval of the World Trade Organisation, probably impose punitive tariffs as well," Mr Maas told the Funke newspaper group.

    Mr Maas later used the same line on Twitter and added: "Europe is united on this question. We remain ready to negotiate common rules for subsidies in the aviation industry. We can still prevent further damage."

    The WTO this week ruled that some subsidies EU states paid to planemaker Airbus were illegal, giving the US the right to react with tariffs on goods imported from the EU.

    Washington announced plans for new tariffs on Wednesday, including a 25% tariff on Scotch whisky.

    Germany's finance minister, Olaf Scholz, a Social Democrat like Mr Maas, has said Europe should react prudently as trade conflicts in a globalised world were in nobody's interest.