AbbVie in $21bn swoop on Pharmacyclics

Company trumps J&J to acquire US cancer drugmaker

Betfair raises full year earnings guidance

Third-quarter revenue jumps 20%

Mortgages help Virgin Money double profit

Challenger bank expects to join FTSE 250 this month

China lowers growth target to ‘around 7%’

Goal signals acceptance country’s economy has entered ‘new normal’

US envoy suffers knife attack in S Korea

Nationalist assailant angered by Seoul’s military ties with Washington

Fridman given week to save gas deal

Energy secretary ‘willing to consider further representations’

Polls signal Labour wipeout in Scotland

Big names from major parties face eviction by resurgent SNP

EU migration chief calls for more help

Avramopoulos hopes to expand border agency Frontex

Exxon chief says oil prices will stay low

Tillerson points to 12 per cent capital spending cut this year

Fed feared Japan-scale crisis in 2009

Meeting transcripts reveal depth of concern about US recession

ECB prepares to give details of QE scheme

Bond buying programme expected to reach €1.1tn

Comment and Analysis

Browne should think twice on gas deal

If other nations follow London on L1, former BP boss may regret move, writes Sarah Gordon

12th October 1977: 16 year old William Hague from Yorkshire addressing the Conservative Party Conference at Blackpool in 1977. He got a standing ovation. Behind him on the left Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Geoffrey Howe listen attentively. (Photo by Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images)
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A test for British diplomacy

A good diplomat possesses character as well as intellect, writes Robert Cooper

Mrs Moneypenny Recruitment column

Canadians move to the UK and Brits return the favour

What is it about the vast empty spaces that brings so many of them here?

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