Bleak future for Australian manufacturing

Industry woes pose risk to record of 22 years of economic growth

Japan strengthens defensive front line

New military radar surveillance of South China Sea

Banks retreat from Moscow deals

Japanese lead pullback over fear of wider Ukraine sanctions

S Korea arrests ferry captain

Two other crew members taken into custody

John and Patrick Collison in their San Francisco apartment
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Start up: Collison brothers earn their Stripe

The Irish brothers who moved to the US and founded Stripe, an online payments start-up valued at $1.75bn

Comcast and TWC weigh $20bn asset sale

Deal talks with Charter to allay concerns about proposed merger

BlackRock challenges UK pension providers

Asset manager pursues £25bn ‘money in motion’ after annuity reform

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Moores returns as England cricket coach

ECB continues its post-Ashes overhaul

Hunt for scapegoats traps Irish in past

Bankers’ trials fixate country – and stop it moving on

Jury still out on Barclays’ ‘Saint Antony’

Next few weeks critical for chief’s five-year plan

Cheer for Scots against split

Better Together finds funding to reach 1m undecided voters

Comment and Analysis

Business and state are best kept apart

Adventurism can be excellent in a start-up but is a menace in a democratic republic

The Fragile Middle

Rising inequality weighs on African consumers

Fragile Middle: Retailers see sales slow as jobless growth and inequality bite

GHL210064 View of London, published 1647 (engraving) (facsimile copy) (detail) by Hollar, Wenceslaus (1607-77); London Metropolitan Archives, City of London; Czech, out of copyright
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Shakespeare at war

A lady as potent as a lord: The story of the battle that led to the creation of the Globe theatre

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