Fears of new crisis on Britain’s railways

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

ITV ends pursuit of ‘Peppa Pig’ producer

Shares in Entertainment One drop more than 10% on abandoned bid

UK net migration remains at near-record level

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

GCSE passes fall because of forced resits

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

Investors pressure Sports Direct board

Big asset managers call for review of retailer’s governance

Self-driving taxis hit the road in Singapore

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

Automatic citizenship urged for EU medics

Think-tank warns on risk of key personnel leaving NHS

Earth finds neighbour just 4 light years away

Discovery of nearest planet to ours with potential for life

Brazil to finalise Rousseff impeachment

Senate to vote on final phase of installing Temer as president

US online lenders’ consumer loans take a hit

Unsecured advances see fall of 34 per cent from the first quarter

Colombia agrees peace deal with Farc

Accord to end long civil war depends on ‘yes’ vote in plebiscite

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Pension megadeals lose their allure

Lower-for-longer rates lift cost of taking schemes off balance sheets

Turkey pushes into Syria to contain Kurds

Backing its Nato ally’s offensive was necessary for Washington

Suits join the hoodies with blockchain push

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

Conversation starters: Comments from our readers

"The question for me is what competencies people require as they start work. We have a knowledge-based economy and a key part of that knowledge is being able to innovate and challenge the way things are done, University is supposed to foster that. Perhaps one problem is employers recruiting someone to a first job want conformity (perhaps rightly) not challenge."
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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