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Kabul confirms death of Taliban leader

©Getty Mullah Omar, the fugitive Afghan Taliban leader not seen in public since the overthrow of his Islamist regime in 2001, died in neighbouring Pakistan more than two years ago, Kabul announced on Wednesday. Rumours…


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Lagarde downplays China stock jitters

©EPA The IMF, headed by Christine Lagarde, is engaged in a year-long review of the currency composition of its SDR China’s interventions to stem its stock market turmoil should not derail its bid to gain…


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Extreme remote working in Gaza

©Saleh Jadallah No ordinary workplace: Palestinians at Work Without Borders in Gaza City From his desk in a row of cubicles, Rawa Othman is scanning the shallows of the internet in search of what he…


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Platini candidacy under attack

Michel Platini has been criticised by two potential Fifa presidential rivals, hours after confirming he will stand for world football’s top job. Platini announced on Wednesday that he wants to succeed Sepp Blatter when elections…


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Jews reclaim the Olympic stadium

The continent’s biggest Jewish sports event is taking place in Berlin, writes Jeevan Vasagar ©Dreamstime The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Brass plaques embedded in the pavement on my Berlin street bear the names of victims of…


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Honesty is best policy on mergers

Calling a deal a takeover instead of the oft-used ‘merger of equals’ can help avoid cultural clashes ©Bloomberg Rajeev Suri unashamedly calls Nokia’s deal for Alcatel-Lucent a takeover There is a — possibly apocryphal —…


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ProSieben and Springer end merger talks

©Bloomberg ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer have walked away from merger talks that would have created a €14bn European media group. Governance issues, including the role of Friede Springer, widow of the newspaper publisher’s founder who…


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France sends extra police to tunnel

France is to send 120 extra police officers to Calais as the migrant crisis there continues. Migrants attempting to reach Britain told the BBC they would continue to try to enter the Channel Tunnel, despite…


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West eyes Dr Strangelove cyber strategy

©AP James Clapper James Clapper, the Obama administration’s director of national intelligence, is not given to slips of the tongue. On Tuesday, largely unnoticed amid his remarks on Iran and China, the US spy chief…


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Greek PM warns rebels of snap poll

Mr Tsipras has faced strong resistance from members of his own party Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told rebels in his Syriza party he will have to call early elections if they continue to…