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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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Go Champion

By Raiders55yj - Aug 11 2019
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Le Sedol is not a Chinese go champion. He is Korean

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

103 Ratings
Average Ratings
58
16
11
9
9

Go Champion

By Raiders55yj - Aug 11 2019
Read more
Le Sedol is not a Chinese go champion. He is Korean

Great way to get the news on the go

By Mr. Carmean - May 19 2016
Read more
Important way to stay up to date on FT news.
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FT News in Focus

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

Rank #1: India's north south divide

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New revenue sharing proposals are causing growing discord between regional parties and the government in Delhi, the FT's Amy Kazmin tells Jyotsna Singh.


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Jul 06 2018
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Rank #2: China's economic slowdown

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Ravi Mattu discusses what’s behind China's economic slowdown and why it matters with Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator,  and Lucy Hornby, deputy bureau chief in Beijing  


Contributors: Ravi Mattu, Asia news editor, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Mar 31 2019
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Rank #3: Millennials on the move

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For generations, ambitious young Americans flocked to the country’s biggest cities, looking for opportunity in commercial hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. But the generation who came of age around the year 2000 is breaking the mould. Liberty Martin discusses how their choice of where to live is redrawing the map of America with the FT's Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson and Hannah Kuchler


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Jun 27 2018
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Rank #4: How Google feeds your data to advertisers

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Google is allegedly using hidden web pages that feed the personal data of its users to advertisers, circumventing EU privacy regulations that require consent and transparency. Madhumita Murgia, the FT's European technology correspondent, discusses the implications for both privacy and competition with Malcolm Moore.


Conributors: Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Sep 05 2019
12 mins
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Rank #5: GE loses its crown

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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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Rank #6: The global market turmoil explained

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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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Feb 07 2018
8 mins
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Rank #7: Oldest human remains found in Morocco

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A revolutionary discovery of fossils in Morocco suggests humans that lived 300,000 years ago may have looked like us, though they may not have thought like us, the FT's Clive Cookson tells Andrew Jack For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 12 2017
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Rank #8: Millennials shake complacency of big food brands

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Challenger companies have been taking on established food brands by catering to the tastes of millennials, who drink less alcohol, want to know what is in the food products they buy and are increasingly eco-conscious. Madison Darbyshire discusses how big food companies are responding to the challenge with the FT’s Scheherazade Daneshkhu

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Jun 20 2018
8 mins
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Rank #9: US bank earnings defy investor concerns

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Shares of the big six US banks fell sharply in the final month of 2018, worrying investors who feared that a long period of expansion was coming to an end. But fourth quarter earnings reports from the banks showed a different outlook for the global economy. The FT’s US banking editor Laura Noonan spoke with with US finance editor Robert Armstrong about the latest round of earnings and what we can expect to see from the banks in 2019.


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Contributors: Robert Armstrong, US finance editor and Laura Noonan, US banking editor. Producers: Jennifer Sigl and Eric Krupke.

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Jan 21 2019
8 mins
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Rank #10: The politics of chess

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Last year’s contest to select a new president of chess’s governing body Fide was the bitterest in the organisation’s history, with accusations of bribery, electoral fraud, embezzlement, and a vast diplomatic influence campaign waged by the Russian state. Sam Jones talks to John Thornhill about the politics of chess. Read Sam's article here


Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Sam Jones, Investigations correspondent and John Thornhill, Innovation editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Apr 04 2019
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Rank #11: South Africa's widening corruption scandal

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Several multinationals have become embroiled in a scandal over allegations that South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has allowed a prominent business family to use its friendship with him to control state appointments and the award of big government contracts. Andrew England discusses the repercussions of the scandal with the FT's David Pilling and Joseph Cotterill

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Oct 26 2017
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Rank #12: Brexit fireworks put markets in a bind

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Brexit has fired up UK politics but left markets trapped and investors unsure what to do. David Riley, chief investment strategist at BlueBay Asset Management tells Katie Martin what the steady pound means, and how it fits into a lively start to the year for global markets.


Contributors: Naomi Rovnick, FTLive reporter, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and David Riley, chief investment strategist at BlueBay Asset Management. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Jan 22 2019
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Rank #13: How much higher will oil prices go?

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Oil prices have risen as high as $75 a barrel for the first time in four years. What has driven the rally and will it continue? Hannah Murphy puts the question to the FT's Anjli Raval and David Sheppard.



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May 02 2018
11 mins
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Rank #14: Richard Thaler wins Nobel Economics prize

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Richard Thaler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on incorporating insights from psychology into economic theory and policy making. Adam Samson discusses Professor Thaler’s contribution to economic thinking with the FT’s Gemma Tetlow
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Oct 09 2017
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Rank #15: Top company news of 2017

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From US tax reform, to media mergers and activist investors, what were the big corporate themes of 2017? Daniel Thomas discusses the best stories of the year with Brooke Masters, the FT's companies editor.

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Dec 21 2017
9 mins
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Rank #16: How did Buffett get burnt in Kraft Heinz deal?

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Kraft Heinz was created by 3G Capital in a Warren Buffett-backed 2015 megamerger of Kraft and Heinz. Now the food group’s shares have crashed and Mr Buffett has admitted that he overpaid. Katie Martin discusses what went wrong with James Fontanella-Khan and Sujeet Indap.


Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, James Fontanella-Khan, US corporate finance and deals editor and Sujeet Indap, Lex columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Feb 25 2019
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Rank #17: US-China research highlights risk of 'dual use' AI

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US tech giant Microsoft has worked with a Chinese military-run university on research that could be used for surveillance and censorship. Malcolm Moore talks to Madhumita Murgia about the research collaboration and why it is causing disquiet.


Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon  

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Apr 10 2019
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Rank #18: How can we make best use of health data?

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Should medical data be treated differently from other personal data, and what impact will Europe’s new GDPR rules have on medical research and health tech companies? Darren Dodd puts these questions to the FT’s Sarah Neville, Tina Woods of Collider Health and data protection and privacy expert Kristof van Quathem.


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Jun 14 2018
13 mins
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Rank #19: Could a merger between Germany's two biggest banks work?

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Deutsche Bank's chief executive Christian Sewing is seeking assurances that he will not face a political backlash over job cuts if he goes ahead with a merger with the retail lender Commerzbank. Patrick Jenkins discusses the rationale for the merger with Olaf Storbeck and Stephen Morris.


Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Olaf Storbeck, Frankfurt correspondent and Stephen Morris, European banking correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

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Mar 13 2019
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Rank #20: Yemen on the brink

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The US this week called for peace talks to begin within a month to end hostilities that have pitted a Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Heba Saleh spoke to Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, about how bad the crisis is and what needs to be done to stave off a catastrophic famine.


Contributors: Barney Jopson, Middle East news editor, Heba Saleh, Middle East correspondent and Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen. Producer: Fiona symon

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Nov 01 2018
11 mins
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