Comcast-TWC face new hurdle on $45bn deal

Broadband redefinition makes cable companies look more dominant

McDonald’s struggles to maintain empire

New chief inherits a wide range of pressing challenges worldwide

Oil’s fall pushes Germany into deflation

Prices slump for first time in more than five years

EU cracks appear over Russia sanctions

Response to flare-up in Ukraine weakened by divisions in Brussels

Shell earnings hit by plunging oil price

Energy group outlines plans to reduce spending by $15bn

Airbus in radical management shake-up

Aerospace group faces questions over A400M transport aircraft

Greek banks find support after fall

Share prices bounce back but solvency worries remain

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building as Congress remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution with language to defund U.S. President Barack Obama's national health care plan yesterday, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated the U.S. Senate will not consider the legislation as passed by the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Obama on budget collision course

President to propose up to $70bn in discretionary spending

Josh Healy at North Aston Dairy, Oxfordshire.
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Micro dairies milk it even as prices fall

Despite a global dairy glut, the UK’s small producers sense opportunities

Headteachers hit at school league tables

Private providers in UK say comparisons are meaningless

New Air Force One may be last jumbo jet

Contract for presidential fleet could see end of 747 production

Comment and Analysis

Schools data should assist parents

The British government is right to change how performance is ranked on league tables

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Camera drones: no-frills flying eyes

Low price makes aerial photography available to novices

Commodities explained: Cost curves

Capturing the cost structure of commodities producers

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