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Talks raise hopes of meeting between Trump and Kim despite setbacks

EU officials and ministers to press US on exemptions ahead of Friday deadline

Possible constitutional crisis over president’s rejection of Eurosceptic finance minister

Investors back well-known figures as they strike out on their own

The FOMC is not raising its estimate of equilibrium rates despite the fiscal stimulus

Basque region has been driving force of economy since industrial revolution

Interview Brexit

Austrian chancellor to bring his iconoclastic spirit to brokering deals in Brussels

First round of elections won by 41-year-old former senator Iván Duque

Howard Marks sees risk in groups being pushed into accepting poor terms on deals

Poultry producers cull 64m birds due to lack of feed as week-long action continues

Increasing social insurance costs mean PM Abe has done little to improve standards of living

Life & Arts

Creatives, investors and chief executives joined the FT this week in Venice to discuss the new rules of business

Emily Howard’s dystopian new opera opens this year’s Aldeburgh Festival. She talks about Britten, maths and invisibility

Founded in 1884, the family company has made paints for James Bond films and Downton Abbey

US News

Some experts say variable annuities are too complicated and offer a poor deal for consumers 

Stacey Cunningham started on the floor and broke through the glass ceiling

Autonomous vehicle’s sensors failed to recognise woman crossing road with bike

Construction slowdown exacerbates effect of strong demand in the American west

Opinion

Highlights

The IRC head tackles an unprecedented migration crisis, and a Brexit campaign

One broker estimates that 90% of the area’s homes are reduced in price before they can sell

Bet on nightlife venue pays off as Soho House entrepreneur pushes ‘accessible glamour’

Markets News

Opec and Russia boost crude output to make up for lost supply from Iran and Venezuela

Political uncertainty in Rome and Madrid have shaken markets

Peripheral bonds sell off after confidence motion called against Rajoy while Rome bickers

Technology

Green groups ask Chinese smartphone maker to investigate before launching $10bn IPO

GDPR is here, Uber crash report, F1 goes over the top

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