UK targets offshore tax dodgers

Crackdown comes as HMRC prepares to receive big tranche of data

Turkish forces enter Syria in Isis offensive

Ankara launches large-scale offensive against jihadi group

Scots independence would see deficit rise

Spending to revenue gap would be 9.5% of GDP due to oil decline

Glencore steps up debt cuts as earnings drop

Miner and trader aims to resume dividend payments next year

Big banks push forward with blockchain

Cost savings and low returns drive lenders into working with system underpinning bitcoin

Political tensions hit South Africa’s rand

Turkish lira falls as security forces launch offensive in Syria

WPP jumps to record high on sales growth

Advertising group’s growth exceeds expectations

Past issues slow RBS’s plan to go private

State-backed bank’s woes look set to continue

UK housing market steady after Brexit vote

Pressures and uncertainty mean outlook remains difficult

French submarine maker hit by data leak

Questions raised over security of Australian defence contract

AIG eyes sale of Lloyd’s-connected units

New York-based insurer in talks with Canadian pension fund

Comment & Analysis

Pessimists hold the key to Europe’s future

Most in the Visegrad states are positive about the EU but worry about its survival, writes Ivan Krastev

Fears over US market plumbing remain

A sharp drop in stocks last year revealed issues in trading rules

Sarkozy takes Islam stance for Elysee bid

Ex-president nudges race rival Alain Juppé on to slippery terrain

Conversation starters: Comments from our readers

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Steve2020 on Are universities worth it?



"The economic opportunity, as explored by Patrick Minford and others, is for free trade to reduce food prices. The longer term reallocation of UK resources would expand the economy. But there is a price to pay. The consequential shrinkage of farming would materially alter our rural landscape with profound social and environmental consequences, particularly in uplands."
David Campbell on The fate of British farming lies with the Treasury



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