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  • Submarine sighting raises Baltic tensions Oct 21, 2014 - 12:26 pm
  • The Swedish military is on high alert and has been conducting a large search operation after reports that a submarine - possibly Russian - surfaced off the coast of Stockholm. Moscow has denied that the submarine is Russian, but it comes amid growing worries in the Baltics about Russia’s potentially hostile intentions. Fiona Symon spoke to Richard Milne, Nordic and Baltic correspondent, about the incident.
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  • The war against Isis: weekly update Oct 21, 2014
  • This week, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, have suffered reverses in their battle to capture the Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani, but the jihadi organisation has made gains in battles elsewhere in Syria and Iraq. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent, tells Fiona Symon about the latest developments
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  • UK's Green Party excluded from TV debates Oct 17, 2014
  • This week, UK broadcasters announced plans for televised election debates between the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, plus Ukip's Nigel Farage - but there was apparently no room for Green party leader Natalie Bennett. In an interview with the FT's Barney Thompson, Ms Bennett explained why the Greens deserve to be heard in the TV debates.
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  • Interview with Nobel economics laureate Jean Tirole Oct 16, 2014 - 2:14 pm
  • Professor Jean Tirole of the Toulouse School of Economics, who won the Nobel economics prize this year for his insights into market dominance, talks to Ferdinando Giugliano about his views on the evolution of regulation and whether economics has become excessively mathematical
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  • Ebola expected to peak in December Oct 14, 2014 - 4:54 pm
  • The World Health Organisation has said it expects the Ebola epidemic in west Africa to peak by early December, before international action reverses the upward trend. Fiona Symon asked Clive Cookson, Science correspondent, about the findings
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  • Isis steps up attacks on two fronts Oct 13, 2014 - 5:35 pm
  • Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, have been stepping up their attacks on two main fronts, the strategically important Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani, and in the Iraqi province of Anbar to the west of the capital Baghdad. Fiona Symon spoke to Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent, about efforts to curb their advance
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  • Working lives: The benefits of being a real fraudster Oct 09, 2014 - 3:58 pm
  • Frank Abagnale is a brilliant storyteller. But his story is more interesting than most. As a runaway teenager turned confidence trickster he swindled millions of dollars from banks and travelled free on airlines all round the world before serving time in prisons in France, Sweden and the US. His tale was immortalised in Steven Spielberg's film, Catch me if you Can. But for 38 years, he has been on the straight and narrow - offering his services free to the FBI and helping to combat fraud. Emma Jacobs spoke to him about how he turned his life around.
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  • Britain's Ukip challenge to Labour Oct 09, 2014 - 6:00 am
  • Britain's ruling Conservative party is under pressure from a rightwing rival the UK independence party, which wants the UK to leave the European Union and to curb immigration, but Ukip is challenging the leftwing Labour party in an election in Labour's heartland of Greater Manchester. Andrew Bounds has been covering the campaign and spoke to representatives of the two main rival parties
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  • Turkey under pressure to help Syria's Kurds Oct 08, 2014 - 3:19 pm
  • US-led air strikes in Syria have intensified in bid to prevent forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - known as Isis - from taking over a Syrian-Turkish border town inhabited mainly by Kurds. Turkey has been reluctant to offer military assistance but is under increasing pressure to do so. Fiona Symon asked Daniel Dombey, FT correspondent in Ankara, to explain the Turkish government’s position.
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  • Stansted operator questions need for UK hub airport Oct 06, 2014 - 4:40 pm
  • A UK government commission looking into the best way to improve Britain’s airport capacity will report its findings next year. In the run-up to the decision, the UK’s main operators have been lobbying for the commision to back their expansion plans. Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group, tells Andy Bounds that the UK does not need a hub airport and that he favours a ‘dispersed’ model to meet the country’s airport needs.
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  • UK party conference special Oct 02, 2014
  • With a UK general election only eight months away, the main political parties were keen to come up with a winning formula at their party conferences. James Blitz is joined by Michael Stott and Kiran Stacey to discuss how well they did.
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  • Narendra Modi and his plan to transform India Oct 01, 2014 - 3:29 pm
  • India’s prime minister has grabbed the headlines with high profile meetings with leaders of the US, Japan and China, and announcing a successful satellite mission to Mars. Many see him as the best hope India has had for years to transform the country into an industrial power. Victor Mallet, South Asia bureau chief, talks to Fiona Symon about Mr Modi's ambitions and the things that stand in his way.
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  • Outgoing Acas chief on Britain's changing industrial landscape Sep 29, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • Peter Harwood’s job at Acas has given him an insider’s view of the transformation of industrial relations in Britain over the past three decades. He spoke to Sarah O'Connor about how the service has changed since he joined it 28 years ago.
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  • Brazil's presidential race Sep 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm
  • Two women are leading this year’s presidential election contest in Brazil – the incumbent Dilma Rousseff and an upstart candidate Marina Silva. Ms Silva shot to the top of the polls after she became Socialist Party candidate last month following the death of its previous presidential hopeful, Eduardo Campos. Joe Leahy, FT correspondent in São Paulo, discusses the two rival candidates with Fiona Symon.
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  • US and Arab air strikes against Isis in Syria Sep 24, 2014
  • The US says air strikes launched this week against Islamists in Syria with the backing of Arab allies mark the beginning of a sustained campaign that could last for years. Sam Jones, FT defence and security editor, talks to Fiona Symon about the risks associated with the campaign.
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  • Afghanistan's power sharing deal Sep 23, 2014 - 7:00 pm
  • Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates have agreed to share power, drawing a line under a contested election that has dragged on for almost six months. Ashraf Ghani, former finance minister, becomes president and Abdullah Abdullah, ex-foreign minister, takes over the newly created position of chief executive officer. Fiona Symon spoke to May Jeong, FT correspondent in Kabul, about the deal.
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  • Hong Kong's student protests Sep 23, 2014 - 12:54 pm
  • Thousands of Hong Kong students have begun a week-long protest against China’s framework for electoral reform. Fiona Symon discusses their grievances with Demetri Sevastopolou, the FT's Hong Kong Bureau chief.
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  • Concerns raised about artificial sweeteners Sep 17, 2014 - 6:00 pm
  • Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute have found that consuming non-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin instead of sugar may paradoxically promote obesity.
    The research is controversial because it comes as public health campaigners are exerting growing pressure on the food and drinks industry to cut the sugar content of their products. Fiona Symon spoke to Clive Cookson, FT Science correspondent, about the findings
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  • Sweden's inconclusive election result Sep 17, 2014 - 1:57 pm
  • Sweden is facing a period of political instability after an inconclusive election toppled the centre right government of Fredrik Reinfeldt, but left his centre left opponent Stefan Löfven significantly short of a majority in parliament. Fiona Symon spoke to Richard Milne, FT Nordics correspondent, about the result
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  • Emilio Lozoya on restructuring Pemex Sep 15, 2014 - 7:14 pm
  • Emilio Lozoya, the turnaround champion charged with transforming Mexico's hulking oil monopoly Pemex into a nimble 21st century competitor speaks to Jude Webber about his plans for the company.
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  • Pakistan's population explosion Sep 10, 2014 - 5:48 pm
  • While politicians in Islamabad vie for control of Pakistan, they do little to tackle the country's population explosion - a problem that is likely to stunt prosperity for future generations. Victor Mallet, FT Asia Bureau Chief, spoke to Fiona Symon about the looming crisis.
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  • Russia defiant over EU threat to tighten sanctions Sep 10, 2014 - 3:58 pm
  • The European Union is poised to tighten sanctions on Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Courtney Weaver, FT Moscow Correspondent, spoke to Fiona Symon about how the moves are being viewed in Russia.
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  • Carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere surges Sep 09, 2014 - 6:45 pm
  • The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, regarded by scientists as the biggest driver of global warming, has surged at its fastest rate in 30 years. Pilita Clark, FT Environment Correspondent, spoke to Fiona Symon about the implications.
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  • Iraq's squabbling politicians come together to fight the Isis threat Sep 09, 2014
  • Iraq's squabbling political class has formed a new government under Haider Abadi amid pressure to present a united front against the Islamist militants threatening to break up the country. Borzou Daraghi, the FT's Middle East correspondent, tells Fiona Symon how the deal was done.
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