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Britain’s economy is doing better than many people expected after the vote to leave the European Union. Barney Thompson asks Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor, which sectors are doing best and whether the momentum can be sustained.

 

Nick Ogden, the entrepreneur behind the online payment platform Worldpay has launched the UK’s first new clearing bank in 200 years. He tells the FT’s Patrick Jenkins and Emma Dunkley how Clear Bank came about. Music by Kevin MacLeod

 

Europeans are worried about a new mood of trade protectionism in the US. What are the implications for world trade and how will Europe respond? John Murray Brown discusses the issue with Shawn Donnan, the FT’s world trade editor, and Stefan Wagstyl, Berlin bureau chief. Music by David Sappa. Picture credit: Bloomberg

 

The unexplained death of Kim Jong Nam, a member of North Korea’s ruling family, in Kuala Lumpur has caused a diplomatic rupture between Malaysia and North Korea. James Kynge asks Bryan Harris, FT correspondent in Seoul, what we know about the apparent murder and its likely repercussions.

 

Bill Gates has a new idea. He wants us to tax robots. The Microsoft co-founder made his unexpected suggestion in an interview with Quartz magazine. Sarah O’Connor asks the FT’s West Coast editor Richard Waters what he meant by this and the likely reaction of the tech industry. Photo credit: Getty

 

Deutsche Bank has welcomed a big new shareholder – HNA from China. Patrick Jenkins discusses what we know about the Chinese investors and why they might have bought into the European bank, with Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, and Don Weinland, correspondent in Hong Kong. Music by Kevin MacLeod

 

Ecuador’s presidential poll is another big test for Latin America’s battered left. At stake is the legacy of Rafael Correa, a populist leader who has been in power for a decade. His protégé Lenín Boltaire Moreno has almost enough votes to avoid a run-off. But the full picture will not emerge for several days. Jonathan Wheatley discusses what happens next with Andres Schipani, the FT’s Andes correspondent.

 

The Snapchat owner begins its investor roadshow on Monday, with plans to price and list by early March. The FT’s Sujeet Indap and Nicole Bullock discuss what investors are thinking about as Snap comes to market.

 

The FT’s Arash Massoudi and Matthew Vincent dissect the proposed mega-merger that would combine the producers of Heinz Ketchup and Dove soap, including the charm offensive Kraft Heinz is expected to launch to win over the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant.

 

Greece is approaching a crunch point – again. Six years after its first bailout, the government in Athens is looking to its creditors, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission, for fresh help. Mehreen Khan discusses the latest crisis and what’s at stake for Europe with the FT’s Brussels correspondent Jim Brunsden.