China PMI shrinks, sending stocks lower

Further evidence of slowdown as Chinese factories stall

Oil surges 25% in three trading sessions

US data and hint of change of thinking inside Opec provide boost

US to hit Chinese hackers with sanctions

Obama sees growing threat to US economic and security interests

Asia bourses in downbeat start to month

Chinese manufacturing activity hits near 3-year low

Clinton faces fresh email scrutiny

Release of messages includes 150 containing classified information

China turns up heat on market players

Whereabouts of top hedge fund manager unclear as probe escalates

East-west tensions break out over sharing migrants

Merkel warns passport-free zone being put at risk

Police officer killed in Kiev clashes

Protesters oppose reforms giving eastern regions more autonomy

Google under fire for India market abuse

Initial regulators’ report suggest breaches of competition law

KPMG to open own Mayfair members club

But only clients or partners can get past select location’s door

Osborne hails Scottish investments

SNP denounces chancellor’s arrogance over Faslane cash

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