Slimmed Nokia beats forecasts, eyes turnaround

Company’s networking and telecoms units showed improved sales

BSkyB nears deal to create ‘Sky Europe’

Push to acquire sister companies in Germany and Italy

Fears rise of Russia-fuelled arms race

Downing of 2 Ukrainian fighter jets adds to suspicions

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Israel

All US traffic had been halted in and out of Ben Gurion airport since Tuesday

StanChart urged to start Sands succession plan

Chairman weighs search amid rising shareholder pressure

Facebook rides boom in mobile ads

Net income surges past expectations to $1.4bn

S&P could face charges over debt ratings

Rating agency receives Wells notice from SEC

US inmate takes 2 hours to die in execution

Prolonged death the second botched lethal injection in three months

Carney highlights interest rate rise risks

BoE governor concerned about impact on vulnerable households

Bundesbank chief urges UK to stay in EU

Weidmann invokes Churchill in call for ‘European family’

Deutsche Bank’s US regulatory woes deepen

NY Fed warning on bank’s reporting raises stress test fears

Comment and Analysis

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Welcome to the Braveheart Games

The very idea of using the event to further the cause of independence would be plain unsporting

The baby steps of reform in France

Economic renewal must get in its stride before 2017

Why Slim’s three-day week is a great idea

A shorter week would work for many if their companies have the imagination to agree to it

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