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Leaders’ calls come after stand-off with Theresa May raises fears of Britain crashing out with no deal

Borrowers forced to be more flexible on terms as power shifts to investors

First downturn in two and a half years comes as ‘yellow vest’ protests disrupt business

Nationals see detention of Meng Wanzhou as confirmation of west’s anti-China bias

The Top Line Tom Braithwaite

From Pernod Ricard to AC Milan, the hedge fund has breached traditional defences

In developed countries, girls outperform in the classroom. Simon Kuper and Emma Jacobs on how to close the gap

Deal for owner of Venice’s Hotel Cipriani is latest push into ‘experiential’ luxury

Wind, rain and snow in some markets threaten to damp rapid growth

New president’s plan to make Mexico self-sufficient in fuel is attacked as unrealistic

Founder sees promising business in putting communication satellites into low-earth orbit

Asset purchases likely to remain part of policymakers’ toolkit to fight future crises

US News

The Dow Transports is seen as a barometer of the economy, but this time may be different

Coffee chain to offer delivery from 2,000 US outlets in bid to counter dimming growth outlook

Investors withdrew $27.7bn over the past week, most since February

Move deals a blow to Christine Lagarde’s efforts to shore up fund’s financial footing

Opinion

Undercover Economist Tim Harford

Political attacks on the Fed, BoE and RBI are a childish abdication of responsibility

Highlights

In a series of moving accounts, four people share their experiences of building homes for those in need

Alice Fishburn set herself a challenge for 2018 to only read female authors. Here’s what she discovered

As the young migrate to cities, nature is reclaiming villages inhabited only by the old and poor

Markets News

Growth fears track trade war impact; pound hit as May’s Brexit rescue bid continues

Weak data from France adds to concern about global slowdown while trade war fears linger

Economists had been split on whether policymakers would increase rates

Technology

In desperate times investors will pounce on every bit of good news

new

Mid-20th century designers offered bold visions. What changed?

Founder sees promising business in putting communication satellites into low-earth orbit

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