Brown vows to keep devolution promises

Draft legislation delivering more powers to Scotland could be ready by November

Miliband pledges to raise minimum wage

Promise of £8 an hour as Labour leader focuses on low-paid

Lodha homes in on London property

Indian group plans $5bn investment to crack market’s top tier

Afghan presidential rivals to share power

US-brokered deal gives substantial power to the losing candidate

Turkey opens border to 60,000 Syrian Kurds

Country also secures release of 49 hostages captured in Iraq

Britain in £12m Calais immigration plan

Joint project with French government aims to improve border controls

Kiev agrees buffer zone with eastern rebels

Ukraine and separatists agree extra measures to ensure ceasefire

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Japan still on track for second tax rise

‘Abenomics’ minister says stimulus measures will protect economy

Disney eyes big picture with Bollywood link

US film group in fresh push to expand in crowded local market

Alibaba closes at $93.89 in NYSE debut

Chinese ecommerce group sees 38% ‘pop’ over $68 listing price

Air France workers to extend strike

Industrial action over cost cutting to enter a second week

Comment and Analysis

The union lives, but it may as well be dead

The UK may have survived but the outcome is confusing

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Markus Persson: a gaming superstar

The shy creator of ‘Minecraft’ has sold out to Microsoft for $2.5bn and quit his company

An illustration depicting the current Ebola outbreak
©Luis Grañena

Why the world is getting safer

From 1970 to 2008, death rates fell even in war zones because gains from better healthcare trumped deaths from fighting

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