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  • Aceh ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami Dec 18, 2014 - 4:45 pm
  • Aceh in Indonesia was hit hardest by the Indian Ocean Tsunami ten years ago, which left 160,000 people dead as the entire coastal plain was devastated. Aceh was also the destination for one of the biggest reconstruction efforts ever mounted by the international community. Ten years on, Ben Bland, the FT's Jakarta correspondent, went there to look at the results. He tells Shawn Donnan what he found.
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  • Person of the Year 2014: Tim Cook Dec 11, 2014 - 6:15 pm
  • Tim Bradshaw explains how the FT chose Apple's 54-year-old chief executive as its Person of the Year.
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  • From Tahrir Square to Isis: the story of Ahmed al-Darawy Dec 02, 2014 - 7:00 pm
  • Borzou Daragahi reports on an Egyptian pro-democracy activist, whose despair over the failures of the Arab Spring led him to the battlefields of Iraq.
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  • Uncharted waters: why we're eating more farmed fish Nov 20, 2014 - 5:45 pm
  • This year, for the first time, the world will eat more fish and seafood from farms than from the wild. But is that a good thing? The FT's Emiko Terazono reports.
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  • Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection Nov 11, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • As the US deploys more soldiers to Iraq, its original decision to hold off attacking Isis has led to accusations that it opened the way for Iran to cement its position in the country.
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  • Virgin Galactic and the Richard Branson brand Nov 05, 2014 - 6:50 pm
  • The crash last week of a Virgin Galactic spaceship has renewed attention on Sir Richard Branson's companies. Sarah Gordon, the FT's business editor, takes an in-depth look at the Virgin Group business model.
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  • Israel's expanding settlements Oct 30, 2014 - 10:30 am
  • Israel has announced it is pushing ahead with controversial plans to expand settlements in east Jerusalem. John Reed takes an in-depth look at what this might mean for the two-state solution.
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  • Silk Road Redux - a conversation with Tobias Buck Oct 17, 2014 - 10:00 am
  • We talk to Tobias Buck, Madrid correspondent, about the series of FT articles that investigated the modern trail of Chinese investment, migration and ambition in Europe, and he answers a selection of readers’ questions
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  • Why Chinese migrants are doing so well in Spain Oct 10, 2014 - 2:15 pm
  • Chinese businesses are expanding in some of the European countries hit hardest by the crisis. Tobias Buck, the FT's Madrid bureau chief, looks at a thriving community of entrepreneurs in Spain.
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  • Under fire: the Iraqi army vs Isis Oct 02, 2014 - 6:00 pm
  • Borzou Daragahi tells the story of the shambolic and demoralised Iraqi army, and the rush to rebuild it as it fights the jihadi group Isis.
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  • Russia: the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov Sep 25, 2014 - 6:45 pm
  • One of Russia's richest men was placed under house arrest last week on charges of money laundering. Courtney Weaver, the FT's deputy Moscow bureau chief, takes an in-depth look at the strange story behind the arrest, and what it says about Putin's brand of power politics.
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  • Internet on a leash? Sep 17, 2014 - 1:30 pm
  • Openness is often seen as a cornerstone of the internet, but as governments act to control more of the online world, that freedom could be under threat. FT reporters investigate.
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  • Catalonia: another country? Sep 10, 2014 - 6:45 pm
  • Spain could be heading for a bitter political crisis as calls for independence from one of its most dynamic and wealthiest regions - Catalonia - come to a head. Tobias Buck, FT Madrid bureau chief, reports.
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  • China: saving the Yellow River Sep 01, 2014 - 2:15 pm
  • China's Yellow River supports one in every 12 people in the country. But as the economy booms, demand for water has grown, forcing the government to find new ways to prevent the river from running dry. Lucy Hornby, the FT's China correspondent, reports from Beijing
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  • Sweden's for-profit schools: lessons in store? Aug 27, 2014 - 6:10 pm
  • Once the model for countries across the world desperate to improve education standards, the effectiveness of Sweden’s for-profit schools are being questioned after the country plummeted down the OECD ratings. Helen Warrell reports from Sweden.
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  • A river runs through it: Iran's water shortage Aug 21, 2014 - 4:30 pm
  • The FT's Tehran correspondent Najmeh Bozorgmehr reports from the Zayandeh Roud, an ancient river in Iran that has dried up amid a wider water crisis in the country.
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  • US immigration: life on the line Jul 18, 2014 - 3:15 pm
  • Two FT journalists report from different sides of the US border, speaking to Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence for a better life in America, and to Texan citizens who witness illegal immigrants - often unaccompanied children - crossing the border.
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  • Iraq divided: Borzou Daragahi on the chances of partition Jul 08, 2014 - 12:15 pm
  • As sectarian violence in Iraq spreads, many people are beginning to talk about the possibility that the country might be split into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish states. The FT's Borzou Daragahi reports from Baghdad on what that might mean for the country and its people.
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  • Bullets and business in Africa's frontier markets Jul 03, 2014 - 5:30 pm
  • Investors are flocking into Africa's frontier markets. But tapping into such growth brings its own hazards, as Katrina Manson, the FT's East Africa correspondent, reports.
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  • Jokowi: from furniture maker to Indonesian president? Jun 26, 2014 - 1:30 pm
  • Ahead of Indonesia's elections in July, Ben Bland reports on the remarkable ascent of the frontrunner, Joko Widodo, who has been propelled from the obscurity of provincial politics to the global spotlight.
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  • World Cup Brazil 2014: pitch battle Jun 10, 2014 - 7:30 pm
  • Far from uniting Brazil, the World Cup has in some places exposed growing public antipathy. Many Brazilians are angry at spiralling costs while others blame a police crackdown in the slums for the rise of children working as drug dealers. Samantha Pearson and Joe Leahy report.
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  • Corruption and reform in Iran Jun 05, 2014 - 7:00 pm
  • Secret sanction-evading oil deals were only the start of corruption that thrived under Ahmadi-Nejad. Can the country clean up now President Rouhani is in charge? Najmeh Bozorgmehr, the FT's Tehran correspondent, reports.
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