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Talks to buy stake in petrochemical group come amid state indecision over flotation

Vote in breakaway regions raised at closed-door Helsinki talks with Trump

May calls on EU to ‘evolve’ backstop as border comes to dominate talks

Company chief praises talents of 400 new staff

The grand consigliere of American diplomacy talks about Putin, the new world order — and the meaning of Trump

Division over contentious nationalist singer’s role in celebrations

Traders unnerved by report that Tokyo could adjust quantitative easing programme

Killing of Israeli soldier sparks air strikes against Hamas

Continent-wide reforms introduce stress test and liquidity requirements

Chairman weighs spinning off consumer division after pressure from investors

Regulators, competitors and clients have posed hard questions about firm’s strength

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Meet the distillers reviving its prestige after years in the shadow of Scotch

Shoe designer’s Paris apartment is as flamboyant as his creations

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‘The rich cues we’ve evolved to express romantic interest must now be gleaned through texts’

US News

Baseball club’s owners approach international investors

Analysis Media

Comcast has surrendered Fox to Disney but the chase for Sky is still on

Fitch Ratings warns that investment by US companies could fall in 2019

Catastrophes cut nearly $1bn from profits at two of the sector’s largest companies

Opinion

I was too negative when writing about Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google years ago

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Fears policy will increase risks of housing bubble 

Fed chief has downplayed the significance of a flattening in the US yield curve

Daniel Kalt’s avatar will extend the bank’s services — but can it talk about Brexit?

Markets News

European carmaking stocks tumble, dollar retreats from 12-month high

Restriction has wide ramifications for foreign companies, including Saudi Aramco

Global equity funds dedicated to technology amass $20bn so far this year

Technology

Company chief praises talents of 400 new staff

Crimson Hexagon under scrutiny for harvesting information to build surveillance tools

I was too negative when writing about Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google years ago

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