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Trump marks new year in office with federal agencies closed over spending battle

French president hints at halfway-house compromise on access to single market

Timely repayment of state aid would have cut charge on overseas earnings

Japanese group makes contingency plans should sale to Bain Capital be blocked

Instant Insight Edward Luce

At several points, Trump and Democrats have struck a deal but he reneged soon afterwards

Big bets on the collapse of the country’s indebted economy have largely failed. Did the hedge funds misread the signs or were they just too early?

Rising soured debts raise concerns about the financial health of middle America

Fund raisings for speculative-rated companies over-subscribed as investors chase income

Opening of new front in Syrian civil war is expected to aggravate relations with the US

Sportswear brand hopes to close gap on rivals but concedes it has much to do

Haqqani network are at centre of escalating dispute between Islamabad and Washington

US News

Moves to trim capital cushions while boosting payouts is worrying, say some observers

Bank’s San Francisco chief would ‘welcome’ opportunity to serve under Jay Powell

Randal Quarles to push for streamlining of bank capital guidelines

Beverage giant, which uses 120bn bottles a year, pledges to step up recycling effort

Opinion

Video Analysis

Daniel Garrahan previews big stories the FT is watching in the week ahead

Highlights

Founding father of nouvelle cuisine held three Michelin stars for more than 50 years

He spent decades at Mugabe’s side, but now he’s leader, what does Emmerson Mnangagwa plan?

The collapse of Carillion has raised questions about whether Britain’s public sector contracts to private companies have reached the end of the road

Markets News

Fund raisings for speculative-rated companies over-subscribed as investors chase income

ECB bond purchases and the pound’s test of $1.40 versus the dollar also in focus

Market shrugs off shutdown fears to complete longest streak without major reversal

Technology

US social media giant says money will be used to double number of specialists

Japanese group makes contingency plans should sale to Bain Capital be blocked

Ecommerce pioneer aims to write another chapter of its retail revolution

Life & Arts