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News features and analysis from Financial Times reporters around the world. FT News in Focus is produced by Fiona Symon.

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News features and analysis from Financial Times reporters around the world. FT News in Focus is produced by Fiona Symon.

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By Not exactly happy - Jul 01 2019
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Sadly, the FT is becoming just another lefty newspaper long on fluff and short on rational thought. Case in point: recent podcast on Russia talked about how Trump was responsible for turning global foreign policy upside down. I guess, if you exclude the appeasement campaigns between 2008 and 2016, then I guess so. My comments exclude Martin Wolf and his peers.

Great way to get the news on the go

By Mr. Carmean - May 19 2016
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Important way to stay up to date on FT news.

iTunes Ratings

116 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
16
12
8
10

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By Not exactly happy - Jul 01 2019
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Sadly, the FT is becoming just another lefty newspaper long on fluff and short on rational thought. Case in point: recent podcast on Russia talked about how Trump was responsible for turning global foreign policy upside down. I guess, if you exclude the appeasement campaigns between 2008 and 2016, then I guess so. My comments exclude Martin Wolf and his peers.

Great way to get the news on the go

By Mr. Carmean - May 19 2016
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Important way to stay up to date on FT news.
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Rank #1: Can DNA testing show us what food to eat?

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The consumer market in DNA testing kits focused initially on tracing ancestry but in recent years there has been a growth in areas such as personalised medicine. For the FT’s Future of Food series supported by Rabobank, Darren Dodd has been testing some of these products and he spoke to FT science editor Clive cookson and neuroscientist Miguel Toribio-Mateas about how useful they are.


Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Darren Dodd, editor of FT Health, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Miguel Toribio-Mateas, of London’s South Bank University. Producers: Ruth Lewis-Coste and Fiona Symon

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Five years after quitting the Nasdaq exchange, Michael Dell's technology company is set to return to the public market after a fierce fight over its valuation. The FT's US editor of the Lex column, Sujeet Indap, explains the backstory. 

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After nearly 40 years at the top, General Electric has lost its position as the largest US manufacturer by market capitalisation, following a dramatic slide in its share price this week. Ursula Milton discusses the future of this American industrial titan with the FT's Ed Crooks.

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Nov 16 2017

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US stocks staged a late rebound on Tuesday after a three-day global sell off. John Authers explains what triggered investor fears.

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Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, acting deputy editor, FT Weekend Magazine, and Courtney Weaver, Washington correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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May 02 2018

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Rank #10: Perspectives on China and global power

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Rank #11: Richard Thaler wins Nobel Economics prize

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Oct 09 2017

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Rank #12: Top company news of 2017

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Dec 21 2017

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Rank #13: China steps up bid for tech self-reliance

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Contributors: Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Yuan Yang, Beijing technology correspondent.  Producer: Fiona Symon

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Dec 15 2019

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Contributors: Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, and Benjamin Parkin, Mumbai correspondent. Proucers: Jyotsna Singh and Fiona Symon

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