EU chiefs back tough new Russia curbs

Van Rompuy and Barroso call for approval of ‘phase three’ sanctions

US scrambles for Gaza ceasefire

Kerry pursues talks as Israel considers a 12-hour ‘pause’ in the conflict

Brazil injects $20bn into banking sector

Stimulus designed to boost credit in flagging economy

Bose gets noisy in suit over Apple’s Beats

Claims that rival infringed patents on noise-cancelling technology

French man jailed in Guinea mining case

Frederic Cilins guilty of obstruction of justice in US

Longest UK slump in a century ends

Of G7 only Italy taken longer than UK to reach pre-crisis size

Tablet magic wanes as Jobs dream realised

Demand for computing screen slabs is slowing

Investigators begin work at Air Algerie site

One of the ‘black box’ flight recorders recovered

Ebola poses threat to African economies

Foreign investors in mining are increasingly concerned

RBS shares jump on profit update

Rise comes despite warning over ‘legacy’ issues

Fast-food chains bitten by rapid China rise

Origins of latest meat scandal lie in massive expansion

Wall Street legend ‘Ace’ Greenberg dies

Former Bear Stearns chief ‘epitomised the American dream’

Comment and Analysis

Bella Xin KaLare with her adoptive parents LaKasha and Jeremy Strickland

Adopting an abandoned Chinese baby: a family’s experience

In 2011, Patti Waldmeir found a seriously ill newborn lying abandoned in a Shanghai alley

Wall Street’s master fishermen are betting on a storm

Few conflicts make a dent in the world’s GDP, writes Stephen Foley

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©Shonagh Rae

Chess in cyber space: a smart move?

Parents are tapping the most brilliant chess brains in India, Bulgaria and Moscow to deliver online tutorials for their offspring via Skype

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