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China manufacturing shrinks for first time since 2012

ft.com — China's factory sector shrank in January for the first time in over two years, the latest signal that the country's growth slowdown is set to persist following the economy's weakest expansion in 24 years in 2014. The latest reading on the

Chinese construction tycoon sets sights on Greece

ft.com — The Chinese construction magnate chasing indebted local authorities for Rmb50bn ($8bn) in unpaid infrastructure bills is turning his gaze to another risky market, saying he is on the hunt for investment opportunities in Greece. Last week Yan Jiehe,

Sergio Mattarella to be Italy’s next president

ft.com — Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian judge, has been chosen to be Italy's next president, in an overwhelming display of political skill and strength by Matteo Renzi, the centre-left prime minister who was pushing his candidacy. Mr Mattarella, 73, received
Jan 31, 2015

#Mattarella elected as #Italy’s next president in overwhelming display of political skill by Matteo Renzi - on.ft.com/16adUaw via @FT

Jan 31, 2015

Sergio Mattarella - Sicilian judge - is elected as Italian president - replacing Giorgio Napolitano @FT @Segretig on.ft.com/1KfOyEB

ECB vice-president attacks supply side view of eurozone woes

ft.com — The ECB vice-president has launched a staunch defence of the central banks's quantitative easing programme, saying large-scale asset purchases were necessary to counter Europe's problem of insufficient demand. Speaking at the Cambridge Union in
Jan 31, 2015

ECB vice-president Constancio attacks supply side view of eurozone woes: on.ft.com/1LuXlpO @FT

Briton who moved to Sweden for love and founded a media company

ft.com — Paul Rapacioli makes most things sound easy, be it the move from London to Sweden to follow his heart, or the establishment of a now thriving local media business. After 10 years in London heading up digital operations at the recruitment business

Greece hires Lazard to advise on debt

ft.com — The Greek government has hired US investment bank Lazard to advise it on its debt burden as it prepares to enter talks with the troika of international lenders that has overseen its four-year bailout programme. Since the far-left Syriza party won

Tens of thousands of Podemos supporters march in Madrid

ft.com — Tens of thousands of Podemos supporters marched in the streets of Madrid on Saturday, in the first mass rally staged by Spain´s anti-establishment party since it was founded just over a year ago. The demonstration, billed as a "March for Change",
Jan 31, 2015

Tens of thousands of Podemos supporters march in Madrid - FT.com on.ft.com/1tLEHV1 via @FT

UK banks: painful, persistent, interminable

ft.com — It takes something special to prompt sympathy for the UK's banks. And yet the weeping sore that is Payment Protection Insurance comes close. PPI policies, sold as an add-on to loans, were lucrative for the banks. Between 1990 and 2010, £44bn of

An appetite for change

ft.com — So there we were in a fancy Mayfair restaurant, a decent smattering of Britain's 1 per cent, gathering as guests of a global communications company to snaffle scallops and ponder why the rest of the country did not like us as much as it used to. At
Jan 31, 2015

Decreasing trust in media, politics, and business? Probably not entirely bad thing, writes @robertshrimsley ft.com/cms/s/0/83b97c…

French solidarity faces by-election test

ft.com — A parliamentary by-election in eastern France will test the spirit of solidarity that enveloped the nation after this month's terrorist attacks in Paris. "National unity? We won't hear any of it in a few weeks," says Icham Amsimna, 39, a worker at

Facial reconstruction: interview with a forensic pioneer

ft.com — Professor Caroline Wilkinson is one of the first people alive to have looked into the faces of a Bronze Age warrior, a Neolithic child - and Father Christmas. She uses a combination of the latest medical and digital-imaging techniques to recreate

Lunch with the FT: Demis Hassabis

ft.com — Before we have a chance to order any food, I ask Demis Hassabis whether his work will lead to the extinction of our species. Hakkasan Hanway Place, an upmarket Cantonese restaurant in the basement of a quiet side street in central London, seems an
Jan 30, 2015

Demis Hassabis talks artificial intelligence in Lunch with the FT. ft.com/cms/s/0/47aa9a…

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Enrique Metinides, Mexican crime scene photographer

ft.com — Enrique Metinides's crime scene images Collisions are inevitable in a city of 21 million people. It is a pressure cooker on the point of bursting. Every day someone or something snaps. There are the mundane accidents: a bus crashing into a car, a
Jan 31, 2015

RT @FT: Poignant and disturbing: crimescene photographer Enrique Metinides in our #forensics special on.ft.com/1ETSIkB pic.twitter.com/3wROgK8wyG

Mopping up after the mess at Petrobras

ft.com — Petrobras represents the best and worst of Brazil. Its technical competence is renowned and it has vast deep sea reserves. Such were the lures that drew investors to the world's largest equity offering a few years ago when it raised $70bn on
Jan 31, 2015

FT on #Petrobras scandal says #Brazil president Dilma "needs to explain what she knew and when she knew it" ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7…

Vincent van Gogh at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons, Belgium

ft.com — When Vincent van Gogh moved in 1878 to the coal mining district of the Borinage, centred on Mons in southern Belgium, the last thing on his mind was artistic inspiration. Aged 25, he had been sacked for incompetence from a string of jobs - picture dealer, teacher, clergyman - and believed he had finally found his vocation: as itinerant preacher to the poorest of the poor.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @FT: Where Van Gogh found “local resonance” - Jackie Wullschlager on a new show in Belgium on.ft.com/1DnUTvI pic.twitter.com/mKRWzARNzT

Richard von Weizsäcker, German president 1920-2015

Jan 31, 2015

Richard von Weizsäcker, 1920-2015, brought moral authority to postwar Germany on.ft.com/1DhCkZG via @FT

Greece will no longer deal with ‘troika’, Varoufakis says

ft.com — Greece will no longer co-operate with the "troika" of international lenders that has overseen its four-year bailout programme, the country's finance minister said, as the new Greek government adopted a defiant posture toward its creditors. Yanis
Jan 30, 2015

RT @SconsetCapital: Who do they think they are, Argentina??? RT @FGoria: Greece will no longer deal with ‘troika’ ift.tt/1vgfAL1

Jan 30, 2015

Things just got interesting. RT @FinancialTimes: Greece will no longer deal with ‘troika’ on.ft.com/1EUpqCl

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First Person: ‘I’m a professional corpse’

ft.com — One of the things I'd always wanted to do was to see my name in the TV credits. My wife and I were watching Law & Order one night and I saw a guy leaning over a dead body and I went, "Oh my gosh, there you go, Tonya, I could just play dead.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @FTMag: “They throw this blood and guts and stuff on me” – Chuck Lamb on playing dead for TV on.ft.com/1zGnzm8 pic.twitter.com/tUKOVSK6Yk

Jan 31, 2015

'I’m a professional corpse’ Dead body actor says he got so good at it mainly by just being lazy, watching tv on.ft.com/1LrevER

Jan 30, 2015

"Dead body actor Chuck Lamb says he got so good at it mainly by just being lazy, sitting around watching television" ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4…

Jan 30, 2015

Love this! Professional corpse: I got so good at it mainly just sitting around... eating cheese puffs off my stomach on.ft.com/1zngALs

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Army revives Chindits as ‘Facebook warriors’ for smart battle

ft.com — The British Army will revive one of the most contentious special forces units of the second world war, the Chindits, as a new generation of "Facebook" warriors who will wage complex and covert information and subversion campaigns. As many as 1,500