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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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Mueller report unpacked

4/18/2019
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Nearly two years after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, his report on the investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign is out. The FT's US managing editor Peter Spiegel and US national editor Edward Luce dig into the key revelations of the report, and what it means for Democrats in 2020. Contributors: Lilah Raptopoulos, community editor; Peter Spiegel, US managing editor; Edward Luce, US national editor. Producer: Marc Filippino.

Duration:00:08:50

Russians feel the pinch

4/17/2019
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Tepid growth, falling real incomes, high inflation, rising taxes and cuts to social handouts are hitting the living standards of ordinary Russians. Katie Martin speaks to Henry Foy in Moscow about what this means for the regime of Vladimir Putin. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon .

Duration:00:09:17

Leaders toppled in Sudan and Algeria, but will anything really change?

4/16/2019
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Mass protests in Sudan and Algeria have forced two of Africa’s long-established leaders to step down and in both cases economic hardships played a key role. Katie Martin discusses whether the upheavals will lead to real change in the region with David Pilling, Africa editor, and Andrew England, Middle East editor. Contributors: John Murray-Brown, production editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, David Pilling, Africa editor, and Andrew England, Middle East editor. Producer: Fiona...

Duration:00:11:57

What kind of president would Ukraine's comedian candidate make?

4/15/2019
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Volodymyr Zelensky, a TV comedy actor, appears to be on course to unseat President Petro Poroshenko in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential elections this weekend. Katie Martin discusses how he got there and what kind of president he would make with Roman Olearchyk. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor and Roman Olearchyk, Kiev correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clip courtesy of Reuters

Duration:00:11:53

The rise of Extinction Rebellion

4/12/2019
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Mass protests are set to disrupt London and other cities on Monday over politicians’ failure to tackle climate change. Matthew Green has written about Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, for this week’s FT Weekend Magazine, and he spoke to Neville Hawcock about its origins and aims, along with one of the movement’s leading voices, environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin. Read Matthew's article here Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Neville Hawcock, acting deputy...

Duration:00:18:13

Franco-German divisions laid bare in Brexit talks

4/11/2019
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EU leaders have agreed to delay Brexit for up to six months, overriding the objections of French President Emmanuel Macron and setting a Halloween deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. Mehreen Khan talks to Alex Barker and Guy Chazan about the Franco-German clash at the heart of the talks. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Mehreen Khan, EU correspondent, Alex Barker, Brussels bureau chief and Guy Chazan, Berlin bureau chief. Producer: Fiona Symon

Duration:00:10:06

US-China research highlights risk of 'dual use' AI

4/10/2019
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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

Duration:00:10:47

Roblox leads cloud gaming revolution

4/9/2019
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Roblox, a California-based online gaming startup - valued at $2.4bn in a fundraising round last year - has taken the US by storm and is now eyeing Europe’s thriving market. Malcolm Moore discusses the rise of cloud gaming with Aliya Ram and Tim Bradshaw. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, Aliya Ram, technology correspondent and Tim Bradshaw, global technology correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

Duration:00:12:36

Brain stimulation aids short-term memory

4/8/2019
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A non-invasive technique for electrical stimulation of the brain has been found to produce a striking improvement in the short-term memory of older people, when finely tuned to the individual’s neural characteristics. Naomi Rovnick discusses the research with Clive Cookson, the FT’s science editor. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Naomi Rovnick, FT Live reporter and Clive Cookson, science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon

Duration:00:10:43

The politics of chess

4/4/2019
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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

Duration:00:11:00

Pakistan leader criticises Modi for stoking 'war hysteria'

4/3/2019
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Imran Khan says he is worried his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may be stoking animosity against Pakistan to boost his electoral prospects. Stephanie Findlay, our South Asia correspondent, spoke to Mr Khan about the recent tensions with India and she discusses the interview with Jyotsna Singh and Amy Kazmin our South Asia bureau chief. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Stephanie Findlay, South Asia correspondent and Amy Kazmin, South Asia...

Duration:00:17:20

China's economic slowdown

3/31/2019
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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

Duration:00:10:40

Thailand's election ends in uncertainty

3/29/2019
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After five years of military dictatorship, Thai voters have finally had an opportunity to choose their government, but those hoping for a clear and transparent election will have been disappointed. With the result delayed and turnout figures disputed, there’s a risk that political turmoil could return to south-east Asia’s second-largest economy. Ravi Mattu discusses what happens next with John Reed, South-East Asia correspondent. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, Ravi Mattu, Asia news editor...

Duration:00:10:18

Swedbank chief sacked over money laundering scandal

3/28/2019
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The chief executive of Swedbank has been fired by the Swedish bank’s board, paying the price for a rapidly escalating money laundering scandal. She is the second Nordic bank chief to lose their job over bank laundering scandals. Richard Milne tells the FT’s financial editor Patrick Jenkins what we know so far. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, and Richard Milne, Nordics correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

Duration:00:08:19

Oxford launches poverty-fighting vehicle

3/26/2019
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Oxford University has been testing out a new poverty-fighting vehicle in Costa Rica that helps companies to identify and tackle hidden poverty in their workforce. This week it launched its first social enterprise spin-out to take the initiative global. Co-founder John Hammock spoke to the FT's Andrew Jack about the scope and aims of the initiative.

Duration:00:10:34

Volvo chief issues warning on self-driving car safety

3/25/2019
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The chief executive of Volvo has warned that the premature launch of self-driving cars could erode trust among the public and regulators and effectively kill off the technology. Tom Braithwaite spoke to Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent about Volvo’s warning. Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Tom Braithwaite, Companies editor, and Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

Duration:00:10:43

VW chief's Nazi gaffe angers investors

3/24/2019
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Independent investors have raised questions about the future of Volkswagen’s chief executive Herbert Diess after he evoked a Nazi phrase in a management meeting. John Murray Brown discusses the controversy with Patrick McGee. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, John Murray Brown, production editor and Patrick McGee, Frankfurt correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

Duration:00:08:09

Relief all round as EU leaders offer reprieve on Brexit

3/22/2019
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FT Brussels reporters bring you the latest from this week's European Union summit, where Brexit and China were the main topics under discussion. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent, Rochelle Toplensky, European regulation correspondent, and Michael Peel, European diplomatic correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon

Duration:00:09:53

Strong cannabis linked to psychosis

3/21/2019
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An international study linking the use of strong cannabis to psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia has raised concerns about moves in the US and elsewhere to decriminalise the drug. Katie Martin discusses the findings with Clive Cookson, FT science editor, and psychiatrist Robin Murray. Read Clive's article here. Read the research paper here Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Clive Cookson, science editor, and Robin Murray, professor...

Duration:00:14:57

How a double murder inspired a new politics in Slovakia

3/20/2019
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Six years ago, Zuzana Caputova was a little-known lawyer fighting the expansion of a toxic landfill site outside the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Now she is the surprise frontrunner to become Slovakia’s next president. Ben Hall discusses her rise to prominence with James Shotter. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor, James Shotter East Europe correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clips courtesy of Reuters.

Duration:00:10:20