Balfour Beatty rebuffs Carillion again

Improved offer values company at £2.1bn

Isis claims to behead captive US journalist

White House yet to verify video showing James Foley

Carlsberg warns of profit decline due to Russia

Country is Danish company’s biggest market

Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board

Former chief executive to keep his 4% stake in software company

Argentina proposes voluntary debt swap

Plans aimed at dodging US court ruling

StanChart hit by high-risk client ban

Bank to pay $300m in settlement with NY banking regulator

St Louis police kill knifeman

Incident less than four miles from scene of Ferguson shooting

Rail fares to rise 3.5% in January

Inflation-linked rise will add about £300 to many season tickets

China sets record fine in car sector probe

Ten Japanese parts makers to pay Rmb1.24bn in penalties

Salmond addresses currency conundrum

SNP proposes alternatives if Scotland loses pound

Rockets prompt Israel to end Gaza talks

Negotiators leave truce talks as conflict resumes

Comment and Analysis

London among least ‘liveable’ cities

‘Social unrest’ a factor in slide down rankings

Li Ka-shing and Jardines’ entwined worlds

One flies under the radar, while the other is dubbed ‘Superman’

Microcapitalists lurking in China’s midst

Gone are the bad old days in China when ‘landlord’ was a dirty word, says Patti Waldmeir

Best comments from our readers

"QE should be the shock absorber to the short term pain of structural reforms. Cheap money and a weaker euro will reduce the pain for electorates, allowing politicans to enact reforms. The caveat being that the structural reforms do need to be done, otherwise the exercise is futile."
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"Just make bosses culpable. Anyone who gets a certain percentage more than his subordinate should be made responsible for all ill effects of his/her assistants' overwork. You cannot have a society where 50 per cent or so youth are unemployed and others are underemployed, while some are forced to overwork to the detriment of their health."
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