eBay to spin-off payments arm PayPal

Move follows pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn

Brussels hits at Apple’s Irish tax deals

US tech giant may face penalty running into billions of euros

Fields’ Ford strategy to pursue two roads

Carmaker is gambling on revamped favourite and luxury division

Apple to sell iPhone 6 in China

US group approved after assuaging security concerns

Hollywood feels Netflix’s cutting edge

Streaming company pounces with deal for Crouching Tiger sequel

US regulators monitor Pimco $223bn fund

SEC warns investors to consider consequences of pulling money

US court holds Argentina in contempt

Judge says Buenos Aires sidestepped his orders on debt case

Nauru – from bird droppings to bust

US hedge fund has court order to freeze island’s bank accounts

Extremists face TV and social media ban

May to announce plan that would be implemented by Tory government

Thiel rounds on ‘slacker’ European tech

PayPal co-founder says continent is holding back progress

Hopes rise of Xi-Abe meeting

Leaders reported to be considering talks at Apec forum in November

Oktoberfest beer tops €10 for first time

Annual beer festival a rare example of breweries’ pricing power

Comment and Analysis

Exxon tantalised by far-off Russian find

Rosneft’s discovery raises questions about impact of sanctions

Saudi Arabia ‘in denial’ over Isis ideology

Kingdom’s brand of Islam shares characteristics of extremist group

Bond investors debate the Gross effect

Fund redemption fears rise, but patient investors may be rewarded

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