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President fumes about recording of conversation over payments to former Playboy model 

Trump escalates tensions with China tariff threat as Merkel warns of potential damage

Communications secretary takes 57% of vote to beat former deputy PM in runoff

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

Division over contentious nationalist singer’s role in celebrations

Politicians attack president for seemingly siding with Russia over election-meddling but voters appear unmoved

Crimson Hexagon under scrutiny for harvesting information to build surveillance tools

Company chief praises talents of 400 new staff

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

Traders unnerved by report that Tokyo could adjust quantitative easing programme

Life & Arts

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

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

FT Magazine Mia Levitin

‘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

Why do both sexes exaggerate the man’s salary if he is not the higher earner?

Highlights

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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