Stocks hurt by weak earnings and data

Euro shrugs off jump in Greek bond yields

UK economy slows to 0.5% in fourth quarter

Annual figure of 2.6% is best since financial crisis

Philips net profits slump as markets slow

Chief executive warns group is set to miss financial targets

China seeks end to gold medal fixation

‘Blind pursuit’ of sports success condemned

Q&A: What the downgrade means for Russia

S&P’s ‘junk’ rating underlines challenges facing the economy

Putin accused of presiding over ‘mafia state’

‘Horrifying assassination points in one direction,’ inquiry told

Facebook and Instagram suffer outage

Cascade of failures hits apps using social media sites for logins

US northeast struggles with blizzard

New York avoids worst of snowstorm but out-of-town commuters stranded

Asia-Pacific airlines cut fuel surcharges

Move by Qantas, JAL and others may spread to US and Europe

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Novartis promises cost cuts

Swiss pharm group says currency effects will hit profits

Oil price fall cuts Caterpillar outlook

Fallout of cheap crude weighs on equipment maker’s 2015 profits

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FOMC under market scrutiny as it prepares for possible rate rise

The making of a French jihadi

Since the Paris attacks, France’s jails are under pressure to find ways of tackling Islamist extremism

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England’s liberal cities

Data show urban voters to the left on social issues and to the right on economic issues

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