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China’s tech darlings have a value problem

Shifting industrial dynamics make it difficult to decide what some high-flyers are actually worth

Qualcomm agrees $44bn deal for chipmaker NXP

Move seen as effort to bolster defences against hostile takeover from Broadcom

Judge refuses AT&T requests for White House communications

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Blow to group’s claim that government opposition to Time Warner deal is political

Robert Mueller charges lawyer with lying to FBI

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Former Skadden Arps employee indicted for concealing conversation with ex-Trump official

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Brazil pension climbdown rebuked by rating agencies

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Decision to scrap vote on reforms is ‘credit negative’, Moody’s warns

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More than 200 dead in assault on Syria’s eastern Ghouta

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Regime’s latest attacks on besieged rebel-held area near Damascus among deadliest of war

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HSBC warns on $1.5bn penalty as Gulliver bows out as chief

Group says it could be hit with charge over alleged tax evasion and money laundering at private bank

German armed forces in bad shape, report finds

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Capacity stretched by shortage of equipment and thousands of unfilled posts

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Defiant Latvian bank chief denounces accusations and death threats

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Rimsevics denies graft allegations and refuses to quit as scrutiny intensifies

Mueller charges lawyer with making false statements

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Indictment related to communication with former Trump campaign aide

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Walmart’s online challenge to Amazon falters

Shares pummelled after sharp slowdown in ecommerce sales

BP says oil demand to peak by late 2030s

Annual outlook says self-driving electric vehicles will cause transport revolution

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Germany woos banks with plan to make firing easier

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Coalition outlines easing of labour laws but union critical of any ‘watering down’ of protection

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US gunmakers bet on Hillary Clinton and lost

With laws to curb ownership off the table, an expected sales boost failed to materialise

US economy: The growth puzzle

After several years of weak demand and low inflation, investment is rising. But an increase in long-term growth requires a big jump in productivity

Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox hit by changes in digital media industry

New generation of once-hot groups forced to adjust models as rules of business alter

Anti-Brexit groups prepare 6-week advertising blitz

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Billboard and digital publicity will target voters in the Midlands and north

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‘Mini-Merkel’ joins Germany’s political big league

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Rising star Kramp-Karrenbauer named as secretary-general of ruling CDU

Democrats hope anti-Trump wave runs through Virginia

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Party believes it can unseat presidential ally Brat on the way to retaking the House

Banking crises cast shadow over Latvia

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Allegations come despite crackdown by regulators after scandals spanning a decade

Monday, Feb 19

Latvia ECB member faces calls to quit after bribery accusations

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Rimsevics released on bail but concerns intensify as ABLV ordered to freeze payments

Merkel brings Saarland premier into succession race

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Regional leader given top CDU role as German chancellor heeds call for fresh faces

N Ireland business wary of ‘smart border’ after Brexit

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Companies doubt a solution to frontier with Republic of Ireland can be found in time

Tata boss: ‘I needed to stop the bleeding’

Will Natarajan Chandrasekaran be allowed to do the radical surgery some believe is necessary?

Sunday, Feb 18

Trump lashes out over Russian investigation

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US president’s weekend Twitter storm singles out FBI and security chief McMaster

HSBC hopes to leave era of scandals behind

The bank has been held back by big fines and hasty acquisitions but believes it is in a position to grow again

Mueller lays bare Russian ‘troll farm’ in US election

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Case offers glimpse into Russian subversion of US democracy to boost Trump

Facebook says Russia’s main goal is to divide US

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Tech executive tweets that most Russian ad spending took place after election

Saturday, Feb 17

May calls for new UK-EU security treaty

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British prime minister offers concession on ECJ role in European Arrest Warrant after Brexit

Key excerpts from Mueller’s election indictment

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Charges offer detailed look at Russian effort to interfere with presidential election

‘Putin’s chef’ who trolled the US election

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Russian Yevgeny Prigozhin charged with meddling in the presidential campaign

Mueller’s charge sheet leaves all possibilities open

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It is clear the US special counsel is leaving no stone unturned in Russia probe, writes Edward Luce

Friday, Feb 16

US charges Russians with 2016 election interference

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Indictment alleges conspiracy to disparage Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump

US eyes global tariff of ‘at least’ 24% on steel imports

Tough action set to provoke anger from China and other global trading partners

My life inside a Chinese prison: corporate investigator Peter Humphrey

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In his first written account of his ordeal, the Briton arrested in China while working for GSK looks back on 23 harrowing months in jail

US Senate fails to approve immigration compromise

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Vote throws fate of 1.8m ‘Dreamers’ and funding for Mexican border wall into doubt