India and Japan send signal with bear hug

Modi-Abe friendship could reshape Asian geopolitics

Alibaba targets launch week for IPO

Group expected to raise $20bn plans roadshow for week of September 8

Pakistan violence erupts in anti-Sharif protests

Two-week-old political crisis enters new phase

Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty

Shrem reaches a plea deal over Silk Road currency sale

Australia joins Iraq arms delivery

Contribution moves beyond humanitarian aid

Tusk named as president of European Council

Poland’s prime minister wins unanimous support

Government chooses Fairhead to chair BBC Trust

Former FT CEO is preferred candidate to oversee broadcaster

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Mariupol digs in and waits for Russians

Separatists reportedly with Russian regulars believed less than 20km from city

Obama gaffe reflects divisions on Isis

President provides fodder for critics who see him as indecisive

Eurozone slips a step closer to deflation

Pressure mounts on ECB to ease policy next week

Army stages coup in Lesotho

Prime minister takes refuge in South Africa

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Vice Media nears sale of stake to A&E

Sale of 10% of digital media group values business at $2.5bn

Apple fans on hold for wearable device

Fitness-tracking gadget will not go on sale until early 2015

Stocks at records yet recovery is elusive

Record asset prices belie many startling economic inconsistencies

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