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A fierce Russia-backed aerial assault on Syria’s rebels in Aleppo has helped regime forces capture more than a third of rebel-held districts. Now it appears the rebels are in secret talks with Russia to end the fighting in the city. John Murray-Brown talks to Erika Solomon, FT Middle East correspondent about what’s behind this latest development in the conflict

 

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has vowed to step down if, as polls suggest, he loses Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reform. Some fear this could hit the economy and banking sector hard. John Murray Brown discusses the likely repercussions with Tony Barber, the FT’s Europe editor, and James Politi, Rome bureau chief.

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Earlier this month, Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, declared 86 per cent of the country’s bank notes invalid in a measure aimed at curbing the country’s black market. But the immediate effect was to slam the brakes on the economy. Jonathan Wheatley discusses the longer term consequences with Kiran Stacey, FT correspondent in New Delhi.

 

There have been encouraging signs recently that tech companies are expanding their operations in London, despite Brexit. Chris Nuttall discusses whether the trend can last with Madhumita Murgia, the FT’s European technology correspondent, and Judith Evans, property correspondent.

 

In his first Budget statement, Philip Hammond said he wanted to get the economy ‘match fit’ for Brexit, but admitted that worsening public finances would mean the UK needed to borrow more. Barney Thompson talks to Chris Giles, FT economics editor, and George Parker, political editor, about the chancellor’s most striking announcements.

 

Brussels plans to tighten rules for overseas banks operating in the EU in a tit-for-tat step against the US that will raise costs for big foreign lenders. Does this mean the global consensus on bank rules is breaking down? Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the issue with colleagues Martin Arnold and Caroline Binham, and hears the view of Andrea Enria, chairman of the European Banking Authority. Music by Kevin MacLeod

 

Saudi Arabia is preparing to lift the lid on one of the global energy industry’s most closely guarded secrets – how much crude lies beneath the desert kingdom’s sands. David Sheppard interviews the FT’s oil and gas correspondent Anjli Raval

 

UK attempts to encourage business growth have tended to focus on start-ups, but under Theresa May’s government, scale-ups are starting to win favour. Recent research has shown that they account for an outsize share of economic and jobs growth, as the FT’s Andy Bounds reports.

 

UK attempts to encourage business growth have tended to focus on start-ups, but under Theresa May’s government, scale-ups are starting to win favour. Recent research has shown that they account for an outsize share of economic and jobs growth, as the FT’s Andy Bounds reports.

 

Companies doing business in Mexico, heavily exposed to global trade, or reliant upon US regulation have been judged the big losers under a Donald Trump presidency by international stock market investors. But how clear cut is the picture? Matthew Vincent puts the question to Brooke Masters, FT companies editor.