Dozens killed in central Italy earthquake

Buildings destroyed across regions of Lazio, Umbria and Marche

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

WPP jumps to record high on sales growth

Advertising group’s growth exceeds expectations

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

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 project

Banks reassure savers on Help to Buy Isas

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

Corbyn on train
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Corbyn claim on ‘ram-packed’ train disputed

Virgin releases CCTV images showing Labour leader ignored empty seats

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

Andy Haldane's response shows the gulf that exists between what has become a new central bank orthodoxy and economic reality. QE is generating unprecedented distortions in financial markets and massive uncertainty, leading consumers, banks, and non-financial businesses to hold back. The opposite effect to what central banks claim they are achieving."
Hamlet on Pensions: Low yields, high stress



"I'm surprised that the experience of UK Sport vis-vis Olympics is regarded as so little relevant in other fields. After all, it seems to me to apply basic principles most businesses have learnt ie: set clear, measurable objectives; require detailed, costed plans to achieve them; assess progress, learn lessons from completion, and feed those learnings into the next round."
Paul G on Free Lunch: Olympian heights



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