Net UK migration surges 43 per cent

Bulgarians and Romanians drive total to 260,000

Stagecoach wins East Coast rail franchise

Consortium with Virgin to pay £3.3bn for 8-year contract

Banks’ technology failing customers

Metro Bank chief calls present systems ‘horrendous’

British embassy vehicle bombed in Kabul

Several killed as Taliban claims responsibility for suicide attack

Smith urges more powers for Scots

Holyrood to get almost complete income tax control

Bob Diamond sees chance in banks’ retreat

Opportunities appear as global lenders’ move ‘off the stage’

Poundland reports 11.7% rise in profit

Sales at budget retailer rise as it develops its own brand ranges

SABMiller in $2.9bn Coca-Cola Africa deal

Drinks giants to merge African bottling operations

Europe’s biggest lenders face EU curbs

Many large lenders could have to exit parts of markets businesses

Rio Tinto sees sparkle in diamond mines

Anglo-Australian company to invest $350m in Canadian mine

Ebola vaccine trial shows promising results

Hopes rise for drug to protect healthcare workers

Comment and Analysis

The UAE’s blacklist places it centre stage

Naming these groups creates suspicion around them and puts them on the defensive

Singapore tests its success

Demographic shifts pose fresh challenges

Switzerland

Swiss immigration poll is only the start

Rightwingers have had enough of foreigners and their preferential taxes, writes James Breiding

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