Stagecoach wins East Coast rail franchise

Consortium with Virgin to pay £3.3bn for 8-year contract

Smith urges more powers for Scots

Holyrood to get almost complete income tax control

Banks’ technology failing customers

Metro Bank chief calls present systems ‘horrendous’

British embassy vehicle bombed in Kabul

Several killed as Taliban claims responsibility for suicide attack

Bob Diamond sees chance in banks’ retreat

Opportunities appear as global lenders’ move ‘off the stage’

Europe’s biggest lenders face EU curbs

Many large lenders could have to exit parts of markets businesses

SABMiller in $2.9bn Coca-Cola Africa deal

Drinks giants to merge African bottling operations

Europe’s demands on Google mount

Calls for stronger ‘right to be forgotten’ and ‘platform neutrality’

Rio Tinto sees sparkle in diamond mines

Anglo-Australian company to invest $350m in Canadian mine

Ebola vaccine trial shows promising results

Hopes rise for drug to protect healthcare workers

‘Vulture’ hedge funds eye unprotected debt

Attempt to keep forcing payouts from indebted governments

Comment and Analysis

The Samsung phone is no longer smart

South Korea’s group has never persuaded consumers its brand is as desirable as Apple’s

The UAE’s blacklist places it centre stage

Naming these groups creates suspicion around them and puts them on the defensive


Swiss immigration poll is only the start

Rightwingers have had enough of foreigners and their preferential taxes, writes James Breiding

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