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Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni emerges as frontrunner to replace Renzi

President Sergio Mattarella vows to quickly resolve country’s political crisis

Glencore and Qatar take 19.5% stake in Rosneft

Russian banks to help finance privatisation aimed at raising cash for state budget

Non-Opec producers agree to cut oil output

Global agreement designed to speed end of worst oil downturn in a generation

Market question of the week: what signal will the Fed send?

All eyes are on the US central bank’s meeting and the outlook for interest rates

America and China square off over trade

Relative calm since Beijing joined the WTO in 2001 may be shattered

Trump picks Dow Chemical’s Liveris as manufacturing adviser

Chief executive to lead council as company seeks approvals on merger with DuPont

Isis captures most of Palmyra

Syrian army forced to send reinforcements to historic Syrian city

Italy’s Five Star looks to prove its shine to centre ground

Grillo’s movement has mastered politics of rejection but needs a positive platform

Lula accused of influence peddling in $4.5bn Saab fighter deal

Claims made by prosecutors against former Brazilian president and one of his sons

Settlers dig in at Israeli outpost

Critics warn recognition could be death knell for two-state solution

Gambian president refuses to accept election defeat

International condemnation as Jammeh reverses decision to accept Barrow victory

US news

Trump gives Wilbur Ross wide trade policy powers

Boost to Commerce secretary’s role could spark battle with Congress

Cohn exit set to leave Goldman succession in flux

Blankfein’s second-in-command assumed wide authority after the financial crisis

Palo Alto prime property hit by dip in Silicon Valley’s flotations

The city has benefited from the tech boom but a drop in IPOs has slowed the flow of wealth

Trump tests unions by picking fast-food boss for labour job

Opponent of higher minimum wage favours robots and 10% cut in regulation

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the week ahead

Federal Reserve meets, Trump’s plans

Key stories to watch for in the week

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After Aleppo

Erika Solomon reports from Beirut

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Fed expected to raise rates

Economists on higher rates and Trump

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S Korea's Park impeached

Vote in parliament follows weeks of protests

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Brexit so far — in 5 charts

No signs of stress in UK economy, but pound has lost more than 10%

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ECB news explained

Euro slips after QE decision

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China forex reserves drop $70bn

Central bank seeks to bolster renminbi

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Renzi's fall weighs on banks

As the political turmoil unfolds, all eyes are on Monte dei Paschi

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Future energy in Scottish mountains

How pumped storage boosts renewable power

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Italian Job

World markets handle the latest political shock

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End of Renzi era — View from Rome

Italians reject constitutional changes

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Italy in crisis: what happens next?

Post-referendum scenarios for Italy

Highlights

Special Report Destination: UAE

Emirati women break with tradition to study in record numbers

Women now make up around three quarters of student bodies in state universities

Dilma Rousseff: ‘A woman in authority is called hard, while a man is called strong’

The former Brazilian president was impeached earlier this year following a gruelling battle. She talks about her stunning reversal of fortune and future plans

Margrethe Vestager, the woman who took the fight to Apple

The EU competition commissioner on dialogue, respect and tackling gender bias

Markets News

Wall Street hits fresh record highs as ‘Trump rally’ continues

Euro dips and Bunds calmer following ECB-induced wobble

ECB rejects Italy’s plea for more time to rescue Monte dei Paschi

Rome now left with little option but a government bailout of ailing bank

Investors seek protection against rate risk ahead of Fed

Funds invested in floating-rate loans draw biggest weekly inflows in more than 3 years

Technology

Technology will not replace humans in the financial markets

People are still the best judges of soft data, says Man GLG’s Pierre-Henri Flamand

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Millennials lead the charge to find real life . . . and slow tech

Young people are tiring of too much disruption, writes Philip Delves Broughton

Michigan passes new laws for driverless car trials

Home of US motor industry seeks to grab lead from California as test bed

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