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The UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans cross illegally into Mexico each year and as many as half of those are fleeing violence. As pressure builds for measures to stem the flow of migrants, the FT’s Jude Webber tells one woman’s story. Visit FT.com for more on the story.

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Google’s big bet on computers that can teach themselves is about to face its most significant test. One of its latest products, an intelligent digital assistant, is intended to usher in a more natural and intelligent form of human-computer interaction, based on the use of everyday language. Chris Nuttal discusses the development with Richard Waters, the FT’s West Coast editor.

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Britain’s exit from the European Union is causing headaches for thousands of companies that rely on ‘passporting rights’ to do business in other European countries. Patrick Jenkins discusses the scale of the problem with Martin Arnold, the FT’s banking editor and Laura Noonan, investment banking correspondent. Music: Kevin MacLeod

 

US authorities arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday in connection with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. The FT’s Gregory Meyer reports from Elizabeth, New Jersey. Clips courtesy of Reuters.

 

“Gut feelings” as the key to financial trading success. John Murray Brown discusses new research from Cambridge University with Clive Cookson, science editor, and Roger Blitz, currencies correspondent.

 

Russian hackers released a second batch of high profile athletes’ medical records this week in an attempt to show widespread instances of doping around the world. The FT’s John Burn-Murdoch and Murad Ahmed discuss how the international sporting world will deal with doping among Russian athletes now that the Rio Olympics are over.

 

The approval of the Hinkley Point power station injects new energy into the UK’s nuclear sector. The FT’s Giles Wilkes and Alan Livsey explain what is at stake for French utility EDF. Visit FT.com for more on the story.

 

With the delay in disclosing her pneumonia diagnosis, Hillary Clinton prompted new questions about her candour with the public and the press. The FT’s Courtney Weaver explains how this will affect the candidate in the remaining weeks of the presidential campaign, and why transparency has played a new role in this election cycle. Visit FT.com/polls for the latest election news.

 

Before the June referendum, economists warned a UK vote to leave the EU would tip the economy into recession. But today, Britons are still spending and the markets are buoyant. So who is right? The gloomy economists or the upbeat markets? Barney Thompson puts the question to Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor, and Roger Blitz, currencies correspondent.

 

Using algorithms to monitor performance is associated with companies like Uber and the gig economy, but also harks back to the ‘scientific management’ of Frederick Winslow Taylor a century ago. More recent management theories suggest making workers responsible for their own performance is the best way to boost productivity. John Gapper discusses these conflicting trends with FT employment correspondent Sarah O’Connor.