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PPG launches withering attack on Akzo leadership

US group warns third offer is ‘last’ friendly bid as Elliott repeats call for talks

US sanctions target Syrian weapons agency staff

Mnuchin says penalties target ‘scientific support centre’ for chemical attack

Enel chief backs renewables in spite of Trump

Europe’s largest power company sticks with €5.2bn clean energy investment plan

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Hacking, cyber crime

Australia and China in pact against cyber theft

Deal reached as ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence network meets in New Zealand

Eric Olsen, chief executive LafargeHolcim for Companies
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Lafarge chief’s departure leaves vacuum at top

Eric Olsen’s exit after controversy in Syria could hit performance, warn analysts

Germany sees rise in crime by asylum seekers

Officials blame cramped conditions, religious tensions and refugee demographics

UN war crimes investigators probe Syria attack

More than 50 killed in attack involving suspected use of poison gas

Dimon backs Trump on relaxed bank rules

JPMorgan chief says problem of too-big-to-fail banks has been ‘solved’

An artist's impression of the land bridge connecting Britain to Europe just before its breach 450,000 years ago. The foreground is around where the port of Calais is today and in the background is early Britain. Waterfalls represent the beginning of physical separation of Britain from Europe
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New proof for geological ‘Brexit’, say researchers

Imperial College scientists say they can explain land breach from 450,000 years ago

Spotify and Universal agree multiyear streaming deal

Music label accepts lower royalty fees but restricts use of premium releases

Fear Russia metro blast could stir domestic turbulence

Putin confronts fresh terror threat but opponents brace for suppression

Seadrill warns on losses as bankruptcy fears mount

Oil rig owner’s shares plunge 46% as concerns grow over bid to refinance $8.5bn of debt

St Petersburg metro explosion kills 11

Many injured in city centre as second device is found and defused

Imagination shares plunge on Apple chip setback

UK designer relies on US tech giant for about half its revenues

Eurozone jobless rate falls to lowest in 8 years

Improving economic data point to gathering pace of recovery across bloc

Reckitt Benckiser eyes disposal of food business

Offloading of non-core unit would cut debt and pave way for sale of homecare brands

Credit card interest could be waived for debtors

UK financial watchdog says 3.3m people are stuck in ‘persistent debt’

LG Chem holds faith in China despite obstacles

Electric battery maker expands production even as Beijing favours local suppliers

UK lays out plans to repeal and replace EU laws

EU law will be transferred to Britain and past rulings of the ECJ remain binding

UK denies threatening EU over security co-operation

Brexit secretary denies using intelligence-sharing and policing as ‘bargaining chip’

S&P 500 in sight of record high as banks gain

Dollar broadly firmer while Treasuries fall after US GDP data

US raids on cheaper rivals send Europe M&A soaring

Strongest start to region’s dealmaking since last financial crash

Trump travel ban suffers fresh court setback

Judge in Hawaii indefinitely suspends restrictions on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries