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Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis | Financial Times

Den Kroolong got the jolting news in a 6am phone call at his home in northern Thailand one day in December last year. His boat had disappeared. Being …

Ten of the best food and drink secrets in Europe

With its momentous history, cutting-edge culture, and breathtaking landscapes, Europe comprises an extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, peoples and parties. But it’s the endlessly varied cuisine that makes us reach for our passports again and again. Whether you’ve been to Europe once or 100 …

Fashion: A better business model | Financial Times

A few weeks from now, young women all over the world will decide that what they really want to wear this summer is a long, flowing trenchcoat with a …

10 Completely Free Books Every (Would-Be) Business Leader Should Read

Maybe you’re a rising business executive who’s getting ready for your summer vacation, and you’re looking for something interesting to read.<p>Maybe you’re just heading to Seattle for a sales conference, and you need something to peruse on the plane.<p>Or maybe you’re starting an MBA in the fall. and …

What’s Different About All These Mergers

Corporate marriage brokers are again fully employed. Every day a new deal is announced, often in reaction to yesterday’s deal. As a consequence, the business landscape is changing.<p>Take pharmaceuticals. In the last couple of months, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline joined in a series of deals (valued at …

Is China's Hard Power Undermining its Soft Power?

Along with other members of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council, I met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing last November on the eve of the Third Plenum of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.<p>At that meeting, President Xi outlined the three features of "a new kind of …

16 Enchanting UK Spots To Visit Other Than London

London is wonderful, everyone knows that -- it's one of the most visited cities on Earth. And VisitBritian is very appreciative for the tourism... but they're asking you to spread the love.<p>And, why not? There's so much beauty in the United Kingdom outside of foggy Londontown.<p>Here are 16 totally …

China's Li flies into UK to talk trade, seal deals worth $30 billion

LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will fly into Britain on Monday for the first time since taking office on a visit focused on moving the relationship beyond the political differences of the past and signing more than $30 billion (17.6733 billion pounds) of deals.<p>Chinese Premier …

Chinese companies have racked up $14.2 trillion in debt—more than any other country on the planet

Back in 2009, China’s 8,500 listed companies were in much better shape than their global peers. No longer. The average Chinese company now has worse cash flows and more debt than other similar firms elsewhere in the world, says Standard & Poor’s, a ratings agency.<p>So great has China’s borrowing …

Vodafone buys Italian car technology company Cobra Automotive for £115m

Deal for debt-laden software company will accelerate connected car strategy, as Vodafone seeks growth outside traditional mobile markets<p>Vodafone will acquire Cobra Automotive in a deal that will value the Italian car technology company at €145 million (£115m), as it seeks growth outside its …

Ukraine crisis: Putin is playing mind games with the West

Commentary: The Russian president continues to bamboozle as his tanks are sent to Ukraine and the rebels he supports shoot a plane from the sky<p>Just over a week ago, President Vladimir Putin met <b>Ukraine's</b>new leader and promised to draw the sting from the country's crisis. Then a military transport …

UK poised to push for more Chinese investment

Premier Li Keqiang will visit the UK this week to build on 'indispensable partnership' between countries<p>Chinese investment in nuclear energy, high-speed rail and North Sea oil will be high on the diplomatic agenda when Chinese premier Li Keqiang visits the UK this week, building on what he has …

Parliament light show proposed to mark Magna Carta

Scenes from history will be projected onto Houses of Parliament to mark history of Magna Carta, under plans being considered<p>Scenes from eight hundred years of British history will be projected onto the Palace of Westminster to mark the anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, under plans being …

More Than 120,000 Cambodian Migrants Have Fled the Thai Junta

An exodus of more than 120,000 Cambodians working in Thailand has raised fears of a migrant-labor crackdown in the wake of the Southeast Asian …