Britain and the cuts series

Defiant Putin blames west for Russia’s economic woes

President predicts rebound to take two years

Goldman elevates Murdoch banker to key job

John Waldron promoted to co-head of investment bank

BASF and Gazprom scrap energy asset swap

‘Difficult political environment’ blamed for failure of German-Russian deal

Global stocks bolstered by Fed “patience”

S&P 500 has best day since January 2013

Sony hack a US ‘national security matter’

White House debates response to attack by ‘sophisticated actor’


Council grant cuts ‘fair’, says coalition

Town hall chiefs claim services face average reductions of 8.8 per cent

Saudi minister says oil drop is temporary

Naimi rejects claims that kingdom is pushing down prices

Regulator eases bitcoin licence burden

New York is first to float rules for the fledgling cryptocurrency

Iraqi Kurds retake besieged Mt Sinjar

Hundreds freed from Isis mountaintop stronghold

Reliance retainers raise questions in India

Ambani conglomerate paid undisclosed monthly fees to lawmakers

New York tops year’s market for IPOs

Alibaba flotation ensures lead in global hunt for returns

Comment and Analysis

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Three companies will dominate processing sector

Royal Mail’s red herrings

Lord Myners’ push to shake up IPOs may need a shove

North Sea worries wash ashore at Aberdeen

Crumbling confidence in the energy sector is starting to be felt

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