Hotel becomes symbol of Italy’s devastation

Much of Hotel Roma is now rubble, like many buildings in Amatrice

China battle drives Uber to $1.3bn loss

Heavy spending in big emerging markets hits ride-hailing company

WhatsApp paves way for business messages

Policy shake-up puts app on course for generating revenue

Bell quits as Bell Pottinger chairman

Thatcher’s former communications adviser to launch new venture

Fears of new crisis on Britain’s railways

After Brexit vote, some industry insiders say groups risk seeing growth fall short of forecasts

Lord Sainsbury UK’s biggest political donor

More than £2m each for Labour and Lib Dems ahead of Brexit

Self-driving taxis hit the road in Singapore

US start-up nuTonomy launches world’s first public trial

Farc peace may prove hard sell for Colombia

Public opinion is split on deal and a referendum could tip the country into unfamiliar territory

Investors call for Sports Direct shake-up

Big asset managers call for review of retailer’s governance

GCSE passes fall because of forced resits

Those who score less than C grade in English and Maths must retake

Poles for the first time make up the largest part of the UK’s foreign-born population
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UK net migration stays near record level

ONS data say 303,000 came to the UK for work last year

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US companies braced for tax shake-up

Reform seen as long overdue as overseas cash pile rises to $1.2tn

Kabul ‘beacon of hope’ is Taliban target

Attacks on university highlight fragility of Afghan government

Designer Sonia Rykiel dies aged 86

Elysée Palace describes ‘queen of knits’ as a pioneer who ‘invented a way of life’

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