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Chancellor signals UK prime minister Theresa May will raise her financial offer to EU

Businesses rush to hire staff and invest in software as privacy regulation looms

Recidivism among country’s seniors now greater than the rest of the population

Corporate rate scheduled to fall to 17% in April 2020

I will never get back the hours I have spent spelling out Pilita — but I don’t care

Plans to abandon long-term targets will show the real state of the country’s economy

Mood of optimism swings to concern in wake of corruption purge

Communist party wants more influence despite academic freedom guarantees

Exit deal with Thomas Dundon involving troubled unit was over two years in the making

Younger generations are more focused on sustainability, clean energy and impact investing

After 34 years, Irish Republican leader prepares to move on

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Food industry veteran tried to breathe new life into stagnant brands at Kraft spin-off

New York stocks slip on concerns over the passage of tax reform through Congress

Congressional Republicans face a battle reconciling different visions for overhaul

The emergence of a new Latin American middle class has brought fresh demands

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The chancellor has an opportunity to end the misery with this week’s Budget 

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Fears of empty seats and provocation from Pyongyang chill hopes for Pyeongchang 2018

The military intervention was designed to ease Robert Mugabe from power but retain Zanu-PF rule. Now the opposition hopes for a more open system

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Also in focus this week: has the tide turned in favour of buyers of the dip?

China worries, political unrest and US rate tightening are sources of market nerves

Stocks resume downward path but oil prices rally

Technology

Tencent and Netease push boundaries on ‘survival’ genre as they compete for $24bn market

Businesses rush to hire staff and invest in software as privacy regulation looms

Group sells more smartphones in Africa than any other company and is now targeting India

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