Virgin Galactic ship suffers fatal crash

Company says ‘serious anomaly’ resulted in loss of SpaceShipTwo in Mojave desert

StanChart pressed over succession plan

Directors expected to discuss plan with chairman within days

Dollar soars after BoJ stuns markets

US currency hits 4-year high as central bank expands asset-buying

Woolf stands down from abuse inquiry

Second investigation chair concedes time she ‘got out of the way’

Brazil reveals its largest monthly deficit

Real weakens on worse-than-expected fiscal performance

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Banks breathe sigh of relief over UK leverage ratio

BoE’s new level of 4.05% lower than feared

UK to repay tranche of perpetual war loans

Government to redeem £218m in ‘4% Consols’ from 1927

Burkina coup threatens anti-Islamist fight

Departure of Compaoré, a western ally, poses dilemma for France and US

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Russia raises interest rates to 9.5%

Central bank acts to steady rouble amid geopolitical isolation

Hungary abandons plan for internet tax

Orban’s announcement follows demonstrations against government

RBS makes £400m provision for forex probe

Part-nationalised bank still manages £1.27bn pre-tax profit

Apple Watch set for face off with Swiss

Arrival of smartwatches as a new market segment set to rock Alps

Comment and Analysis

Tower of London poppies take UK into new age of war commemoration

Sombre memorials upstaged by installation art

Fed’s QE3 was a monetary job well done

Other countries and currency areas can learn from US experiment

US politics: Eyes on the prize

Until recently Rand Paul was seen as a Washington outsider but the Kentucky senator is emerging as the Republican’s 2016 presidential nominee

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