Wanted: Recreational drug users — will pay

Race is on to develop new ‘abuse-deterrent’ opioid painkillers

Facebook rides mobile ads wave

Smartphone use surges as rise in R&D spending weighs on profit

Providence and WPP in talks on Chime deal

Offer could value sports marketing company at more than £350m

Exodus leaves UK army under strength

Army 3,400 men short of even reduced target strength

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Barclays says it lacks scale of US rivals

Chairman aims to refocus on UK and US while pulling back in Asia

Lagarde plays down China stock jitters

Asian economy is ‘resilient and strong’, says IMF chief

Russia’s hackers hide behind Twitter

New surveillance technique blends high tech and spy tradecraft

Tsipras faces challenge from Syriza members

Hardline faction of ruling party prepares for showdown

Kabul confirms death of Taliban leader

Fugitive Mullah Omar died more than two years ago

Michel Platini to stand for Fifa presidency

Pledge to restore the ‘dignity’ of football’s governing body

Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Cameron eyes Irish path from EU impasse

Postdated treaty change solved Dublin’s Europe dilemma in 2009

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Factor investing proves useful to some

Blends of momentum, value and volatility stocks will not yet oust portfolios balanced by sector

Honesty is best policy on mergers

Calling a deal a takeover instead of the oft-used ‘merger of equals’ can help avoid cultural clashes

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Extreme remote working in Gaza

Sealed Palestinian territory is an unlikely offshoring option

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