Ukraine appeals for military assistance

Kiev says high-tech gadgetry and training are critically needed

Fringe parties thrive as UK voters cut old ties

Boom in membership of Greens, Ukip and SNP bucks long-term trend

Gross calls ECB QE ‘too little, too late’

Pimco founder pessimistic about Draghi bond-buying plan

China factory activity slowest since 2012

Data will fuel calls for monetary stimulus

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Female fund managers in decline

Portfolio manager positions held by women falls for sixth year in a row

Isis says second Japanese hostage killed

Incident reignites debate about country’s tradition of pacifism

Minimal take up of flexible working hours

Men and women too uncomfortable to ask their boss about options

Foreign businesses wary as Cuba opens up

Success hard-won for groups entering communist-ruled island

State poll rout fresh setback for Abbott

Mauling sparks talk of Australia PM leadership contest

President of China Minsheng quits

Mao Xiaofeng resigns amid reports of China anti-corruption probe

Tens of thousands of Podemos supporters march in Madrid

Anti austerity party in show of strength

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Richard von Weizsäcker, German president

Constructive critic who called for honesty about individuals’ complicity in Germany’s Nazi past

Lubyanka Square monument
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From glasnost to the Kremlin’s line of fire

How a Russian civil rights group went from symbol of Gorbachev-era openness to target of the state

Vow of silence amid Twitter’s outrage

When tempted to be unkind I suppress the urge to express half-ideas

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