Flowers charged with drug possession

Former Co-op Bank chief was arrested in November

Tesco profits fall rolls into second year

Chief executive Philip Clarke to focus on £1bn turnround plan

Former Kazakh banker to lose UK asylum

Move follows intense lobbying from the central Asian state

UK’s life expectancy wealth gap shrinks

Longevity of men improving, data show

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Pro-Russia militia intensify defiance

Nato strengthens presence on its eastern border

UK wage growth rises to match inflation

Jobless rate falls to 6.9% of workforce

Starbucks moves Europe HQ to London

Relocation means coffee chain will pay more tax in the UK

Pressure on ECB as inflation falls

Sharp drop in March stokes eurozone deflation fears

Ferguson puts reds up for sale

Former Man Utd manager to auction some of his vintage wines

Pump assembly at Weir Minerals Australia
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Metso rejects Weir’s merger approach

Engineering groups decide not to pursue £8.5bn combination

Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange in administration

Tokyo court orders liquidation of virtual currency exchange

Comment and Analysis

A French mix of exotic high-tech

Raphaël Gorgé is updating his family’s industrial knowhow

Demonstrators make a barricade of burning garbage during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas

Cuba fed a president’s fears in Venezuela

Caracas is paying the price for Chávez’s misplaced trust, writes Moisés Naím

Job seekers line up at a job fair at Tianjin University

A game change in public service

Demand for once coveted civil servant jobs in China is declining

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