Turkish forces enter Syria in Isis offensive

Ankara launches large-scale offensive against jihadi group

Scots independence would see deficit rise

Spending to revenue gap would be 9.5% of GDP due to oil decline

Glencore steps up debt reduction as earnings drop

Miner and commodity aims to resume dividend payments next year

Political tensions hit South Africa’s rand

Turkish lira falls as security forces launch offensive in Syria

Big banks plan new digital currency

Group of major lenders seeks industry standard for settlements

Past issues slow RBS’s plan to go private

State-backed bank’s woes look set to continue

WPP jumps to record high on sales growth

Advertising group’s growth exceeds expectations

UK housing market steady after Brexit vote

Pressures and uncertainty mean outlook remains difficult

French submarine maker hit by data leak

Questions raised over security of Australian defence contract

Banks reassure savers on Help to Buy Isas

Lenders say timing of top-up will not make buying a home harder

AIG eyes sale of Lloyd’s-connected units

New York-based insurer in talks with Canadian pension fund

Comment & Analysis

Sarkozy takes Islam stance for Elysee bid

Ex-president nudges race rival Alain Juppé on to slippery terrain

Eurozone recovery weathers Brexit shock

Activity confounds expectations of sharp drop with 7-month high

BoE’s corporate QE faces challenges

After an initial galvanising effect, the BoE’s corporate bond-buying now needs to sustain the impact

Conversation starters: Comments from our readers

Levy's suit is clearly off the rack. Shoulders are poorly constructed. They are too wide for him. Seems to have very little padding as in fashion forward, but his body type requires correcition. Arm an inch too long. Plus his shirt is too short. Tie is too wide for that type of suit. You would need a double breasted to pull it off or pinstripes. The color combination is nice however."
Equivocation on Why French businessmen dress better



"The economic opportunity, as explored by Patrick Minford and others, is for free trade to reduce food prices. The longer term reallocation of UK resources would expand the economy. But there is a price to pay. The consequential shrinkage of UK farming would materially alter our rural landscape with profound social and environmental consequences, particularly in upland farming areas. One suspects that politicians will opt to sustain tariffs and subsidies."
David Campbell on The fate of British farming lies with the Treasury



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