Co-op Bank slashes first-half losses

Lender loses 38,000 current account customers in first half

Yellen sees Jackson Hole return to roots

Wall Street economists excluded from this year’s conference

Chinese pilots told to ditch accents

Bid to put an end to cockpit misunderstandings

US signals escalation in Isis fight

Militant group ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’, says defence secretary

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Bramson steps up pressure on Electra

Activist aims to appoint himself and Brindle to board

RSA eyes £130m HK and Singapore sale

Proposed deal with Allied World Assurance to complete next year

StanChart’s NY settlement draws UAE ire

Gulf state warns of possible litigation from customers

Spectre of ‘lost decade’ haunting Europe

Pressure grows on ECB to start quantitative easing

BofA to pay $16.65bn in mortgage case

Bank tries to put legal woes behind it with record settlement

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C4 chief warns of US TV takeover threat

Fears that homegrown shows could be replaced with cheap imports

Gap to open 40 stores in India

US clothing retailer will open first shops in Mumbai and Delhi

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Raid on camp with secret prison may have been US rescue

Tech upstarts lay in ambush for bankers

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