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French president looks for allies to form new political group in European Parliament

Ano 20 points ahead of nearest rival as voters revolt against establishment parties

Resumption of sales offers lifeline after high-flying chairman was detained

‘The Santa Rosa wine centre was reduced to a bleak, ashen desert within hours . . . The flames soon spread’

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a vocal critic of the island’s political and business elite. Her killing has left unanswered questions

Amount of harassment settlement catches group by surprise

Asian textbooks adapted for British classrooms in bid to emulate success

General Motors’ unit closure raises questions over manufacturing in developed states

Bloc fears pushing too hard could topple British PM and leave Eurosceptic in charge

Health and human rights organisations call on WHO to reverse ‘sickening’ decision

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Party backslapping after critical step taken on rocky road to tax reform

Analysts speculate about dividend reduction after ‘very challenging quarter’

Net fund flows into the sector clocked in at $1bn by midweek

US giant admits ‘sluggish’ sales after fending off activist Nelson Peltz

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Daphne Caruana Galizia was a vocal critic of the island’s political and business elite. Her killing has left unanswered questions

Natalia Kanem, child mortality, rise of the robots

Women and competitive sport have been an uneasy mix in this society but the teenage martial artist who fought her way to glory has become a role model

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As Trump cheers equity milestones he faces the risk of owning a market downturn

Algorithms work through speeches, papers and interviews by contenders for the top job

Treasury yields rise after US Senate passes budget blueprint

Technology

Government spending of more than $1bn feeds ‘unicorns’ with focus on AI

Push to set up Foundry is recognition that city needs to attract entrepreneurs

Though lacking finesse, this second-generation smartphone packs impressive software

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