Shell eyes billions of savings on BG deal

Energy group tries to turn round scepticism on £55bn takeover

Boost to hopes for Paris climate deal

French report shows diplomats making more progress than disclosed

Greek banks to reopen in morale-booster

Little change for depositors as weekly limit of €420 replaces €60 per day

New StanChart chief stamps his authority

Winters shake-up strips deputy of operational control

Cameron hints at further action on Isis

PM suggests he wants RAF to join Syria strikes

Apple Watch
©Tim Bradshaw

Doubts remain over Apple Watch

Analysts start to rein in their sales forecasts

UK dividends hit post-crisis high

Banking recovery fuels higher payouts

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Pisa, Italy - June 3, 2012: two Italian Mail postboxes found in Via Santa Maria in Pisa, Tuscany. They are covered with stickers. The yellow sticker is the official one indicating the collection times; other unofficial stickers (art groups, clubs, etc) appear too. Scan from FUJICHROME PROVIA 100F Professional

Italy to float 40% of Poste Italiane

Starting gun fired on long-awaited postal privatisation

Cricket fans get chance to watch a five-day game — golf

England’s biggest Ashes defeat since days of Bradman

Ukraine creditor talks extended

Country could default this week if no agreement is reached

Microbrewers caught on the hop by heatwave

Blistering heat is hitting this year’s hop harvest

Comment & Analysis

Coloured MRI scan of a coronal (vertical) section through a brain with Alzheimer's disease

Pharmaceuticals: Brain power

It is seen as a ‘black hole’ for drugs spending, but there is fresh hope of a treatment for Alzheimer’s

Gamblers on Chinese stocks abandon their fortune to fate

When a table’s numbers shift, the gamblers hare off to a luckier one, writes Lawrence Osborne

‘We support Grouchy Smurf’: Shin Chang-jae encourages Kyobo staff to voice grumbles
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Shin Chang-jae: births to fake deaths

Billionaire former obstetrician has sent staff to mock funerals

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"Pupils in China, perhaps more so than elsewhere, learn that giving the correct answer isn't always good enough - but giving the answer expected by the teacher is. It isn't, therefore, a mark of Xi Jinping's style of leadership that Chinese managers try to anticipate their boss's opinion. Instead, that is the way China works on all levels and since long before Xi Jinping."
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"Putting countries and people in debtors' prison for several years does not make them moderate, patient interlocutors."
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Future tech

We are data

Prints by Douglas Coupland ©Courtesy of The Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto The future of machine intelligence

Robot soldiers

The circuitry inside South Korea’s DRC-HUBO, which won this year’s Darpa challenge ©Ramak Fazel Are we entering an era of robotic war?

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