Tusk named as president of European Council

Poland’s prime minister wins unanimous support

Co-operative Group members back board reforms

Lossmaking group begins search for new leadership

Alibaba targets launch week for IPO

Group expected to raise $20bn plans roadshow for week of September 8

Britain raises terror threat level to ‘severe’

Government says groups in Syria and Iraq are planning attacks

Mariupol digs in and waits for Russians

Separatists reportedly with Russian regulars believed less than 20km from city

Army stages coup in Lesotho

Prime minister takes refuge in South Africa

Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty

Shrem reaches a plea deal over Silk Road currency sale

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Brazil’s economy slips into recession

GDP contraction deals blow to Rousseff’s re-election bid

Miliband considers health tax for manifesto

Focus on eyecatching promise taps voter concern over NHS

Eurozone slips a step closer to deflation

Pressure mounts on ECB to ease policy next week

Apple fans on hold for wearable device

Fitness-tracking gadget will not go on sale until early 2015

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