IMF’s Lagarde under formal investigation

Suspicion of ‘negligence’ connected with prior French political scandal

‘Internet of things’ chipmaker eyes a sale

UK’s CSR assessing takeover offers from rival semiconductor makers

NHS to shake up appraisal of cancer drugs

Changes put pressure on drug companies to cut prices

Asia stocks drift pending fresh data lead

Focus turns to upcoming US GDP and Japanese inflation figures

Malaysia Airlines cleared for big revamp

Government approves plan to cut jobs and reduce long-haul routes

BlackRock to advise ECB on bond buying

Central bank weighs move to ease eurozone credit conditions

Ryanair introduces basic business class

Move continues policy to soften cold-hearted image

Businesses join Scottish vote debate

Campaigners for and against independence claim support for causes

Lending Club seeks over $500m in IPO

Peer-to-peer lender likely to be valued at about $5bn

Ukraine rebels extend fight to south

Separatist move adds to western fears of Russia role

Zara sparks outcry with star top blunder

Shirt withdrawn after garment compared to Nazi Holocaust clothing

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