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The battle for India's lucrative mobile market  

India’s Reliance Industries has raised the stakes in the multibillion-dollar battle for India’s mobile market by offering a free service that rivals say is unfairly eating into their market share. Daniel Thomas discusses the controversy with FT correspondent Kiran Stacey.

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Gambians celebrate peaceful transition of power  

Gambia, a tiny West African country popular with tourists, is celebrating its first democratic transition after the country’s long serving president, Yahya Jammeh, was finally persuaded to step down. David Pilling, the FT's Africa editor, recently back from the capital Banjul, talks to Fiona Symon about how this came about and what it means for democracy in the wider region.

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Former UK retail chief seeks mandate to lead West Midlands revival  

The West Midlands region, which includes Britain’s second city of Birmingham, is due to elect its first mayor in May and the winner will preside over huge tranches of funding for housing, transport and infrastructure. Andy Street, Conservative candidate, talks to Andrew Bounds about his ambitions for the region.

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Protesters camp outside Goldman Sachs HQ  

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Lower Manhattan headquarters of Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, following a series of appointments of Goldman-linked people to top jobs in the Trump administration. Ben McLannahan reports.

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Luxottica-Essilor merger creates global eyewear champion  

The tie-up, one of Europe's biggest cross-border mergers, will create a global leader in the fast-growing eyewear industry. John Murray Brown discusses the merger with the FT's Rachel Sanderson, Michael Stothard and Jonathan Guthrie.

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UK prime minister sets out Brexit goals  

Theresa May mixed firm declarations of intent with a conciliatory tone towards the European Union in her statement on Britain’s objectives before formal negotiations to leave the bloc begin. Barney Thompson talks to Jim Pickard, the FT's chief political correspondent, about what we learnt.

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Former UK foreign secretary joins Citigroup  

William Hague, former UK foreign secretary, has become the latest prominent figure to join the payroll of a big American bank in the run-up to Brexit. Patrick Jenkins talks to the FT's investment correspondent Laura Noonan about the move. Music: Kevin MacLeod

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Can the UK become the Saudi Arabia of the tides?  

A new report has suggested the UK should embrace the power of the sea and invest in a novel form of electricity generation - the tidal lagoon. Pilita Clark discusses the merits of the idea with the FT's Nathalie Thomas, Jonathan Ford and Jonathan Guthrie.

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UK retailers shrug off Brexit blues  

This week has seen a deluge of retail results in the UK, showing a mixed picture of the state of consumer sentiment in wake of vote to leave the European Union. Sharlene Goff asks Mark Vandevelde, the FT's retail correspondent, who were the main winners and losers.

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Amazon falls foul of India's growing mood of nationalism  

India's foreign minister this week threatened to expel all of Amazon's foreign employees over a doormat imprinted with the Indian flag that was on sale on its website. Josh Noble asks the FT's Kiran Stacey why the item caused such offense.

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China football clubs told to rein in spending  

A rush of high profile winter signings has prompted the authorities in China to intervene to curb spending on foreign players. Josh Noble asks the FT's Tom Hancock and Murad Ahmed what's behind the spending splurge and what impact it is likely to have on China's World Cup hopes.

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Egypt's painful economic reforms  

Egypt recently clinched a deal with the IMF for a $12bn loan over three years. But it has had to implement painful measures which include floating the currency and reducing subsidies. The FT's Heba Saleh talks to Sahar Nasr, Egypt's minister of international co-operation, about the government's latest efforts to restore the economy.

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Silicon Valley comes to terms with Trump  

Mark Zuckerberg plans to tour the US following Donald Trump’s election as president. The Facebook founder said, “we are at a turning point in history” and spoke of the need to “find a way to change the game so that it works for everyone”. Chris Nuttall discusses the reasons for the tour and how other tech leaders are reacting to the Trump victory with Hannah Kuchler, the FT's San Francisco correspondent.

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Persecution of Burma's Rohingya Mulsims esclalates  

Rohingya Muslim refugees have been leaving Burma for decades but in the last few months, the numbers have swelled amid allegations of a campaign of brutal violence by the Burmese military. The FT's Kiran Stacey talks to refugees in Cox's Bazar on the Bangladesh-Burma border.

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Leaders under pressure: Denis Kozlowski 4/4  

Denis Koslowski former head of Tyco, tells Andrew Hill, FT management editor, how he reinvented himself in the wake of public disgrace and imprisonment.

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Leaders under pressure: Marcela Sapone  

Marcela Sapone, chief exec and co-founder of Hello Alfred, tells Andrew Hill, FT management editor, how she coped with the pressure of maintaining momentum after a successful launch.

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Leaders under pressure: Stephen Hester 2/4  

Former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland Stephen Hester tells Andrew Hill, FT management editor, how he found himself in the eye of the storm during the financial crisis.

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Leaders under pressure: Pascal Soriot 1/4  

Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the Anglo-Swedish drugs company AstraZeneca, tells Andrew Hill about his 2014 battle to head off a hostile takeover bid from Pfizer of the US.

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Factory revival brings hope to Cumbria town  

It was a familiar story: a small town, a big factory, overseas owners and job cuts, another tear in the social fabric of an English community. Except that in Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, the ending has been rewritten. Andrew Bounds, the FT's north of England correspondent, tells the story.

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Megadeals of 2016  

For the world's largest and most influential companies, 2016 brought plenty of megadeals, controversies, crises and some big cross border investments. Matthew Vincent discusses the most notable of these with Brooke Masters, the FT's companies editor.

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