Turkish forces enter Syria in Isis offensive

Ankara launches large-scale offensive against jihadi group

Big banks push forward with blockchain

Cost savings and low returns drive lenders into working with system underpinning bitcoin

Fears over US market plumbing remain

A sharp drop in stocks last year revealed issues in trading rules

Wall St holds near peak as oil slips

Dollar nudges higher as traders tweak Fed rate expectations

Clinton dogged by ties to charity’s donors

Foundation contributors sought access to then-secretary of state

UK targets offshore tax dodgers

Crackdown comes as HMRC prepares to receive big tranche of data

WPP jumps to record high on sales growth

Advertising group’s growth exceeds expectations

French submarine maker hit by data leak

Questions raised over security of Australian defence contract

World Bank clears way for Kim’s next term

Bank’s board launches three-week nomination period for presidency

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note outsells supply

Robust demand underlines Samsung’s revived smartphone fortunes

Big banks plan new digital currency

Group of major lenders seeks industry standard for settlements

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Mortgage insurers step into the M&A light

Arch Capital’s purchase of UGC underlines industry’s renaissance

Electrician wiring a switch

Gig economy poses benefits questions

Workers and legislators want regulations for new marketplace

Political tensions hit South Africa’s rand

Turkish lira falls as security forces launch offensive in Syria

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