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




Scientists find shocking levels of plastic pollution

Fresh evidence of the pollution that pervades the world’s oceans has come to light with the discovery of huge amounts of debris littering the coastline of some remote islands in the Indian Ocean. Clive Cookson, FT science editor, discusses the evidence and its implications with Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent, and Clive Cookson, science editor. Producer: Fiona Symon


Jack Dorsey: super influencer or troubled soul?

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has been hailed by Silicon Valley acolytes for his personal fitness regime, but others question whether he really merits the role of wellness guru. Horatia Harrod discusses whether the Dorsey regime is worth emulating and what might be motivating his ascetic lifestyle with Jo Ellison, FT fashion editor Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Horatia Harrod, associate editor of FT Life & Arts, and Jo Ellison, fashion editor and columnist. Producer: Fiona Symon


WhatsApp hack reveals vulnerability of smartphones

Privacy is the new mantra for big tech executives keen to rebuild our trust in technology. But despite promises of end-to-end encryption, it seems the personal data we carry in our pocket is not secure from prying eyes. An Israeli company has been selling spyware that invades your smartphone via WhatsApp. Malcolm Moore discusses the revelations with Mehul Srivastava in Jerusalem and Robert Smith in London. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news...


US-China trade dispute takes centre stage for markets

The failure of trade talks between the US and China this week sparked the biggest fall in US stock prices since January. Katie Martin, the FT’s capital markets editor, discusses the impact of the dispute on global equities, bonds and currencies with Michael Mackenzie, the FT's senior investment commentator. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, and Michael Mackenzie, senior investment commentator. Producer: Fiona Symon


Carlos Ghosn: the Lebanon connection

Carlos Ghosn remains a hero in Lebanon, where his achievements are celebrated alongside other tycoons of Lebanese origin. But it is here that evidence was found that allowed Japanese prosecutors to build what could potentially be their most damaging charge against the former Nissan and Renault boss. Naomi Rovnick, Kana Inagaki, Leo Lewis and Chloe Cornish tell the story so far. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Naomi Rovnick, Live news reporter, Chloe Cornish, Middle East...


Time to tackle our obsession with body image?

What impact does body image have on our mental health? Darren Dodd discusses why our bodies are often a cause of shame and distress and what can be done about it with Chris O’Sullivan, of the UK’s Mental Health Foundation and London deputy head teacher Fionnuala Kennedy Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Darren Dodd, editor, FT Health, Chris O’Sullivan of the Mental Health Foundation and Fionnuala Kennedy, Senior Deputy Head of Wimbledon High School, part of the Girls’ Day...


Modi plays Hindu nationalism card to seek re-election

India’s election has turned into an ideological battle pitting an inclusive vision of a multi-faith nation against the view that Hindus should have sway. Jyotsna Singh discusses the tactics used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his opponents with with the FT's South Asia Bureau chief Amy Kazmin and correspondent Stephanie Findlay. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Jyotsna Singh, Delhi reporter, Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief and Stephanie Findlay, South Asia...


Google's new privacy drive

Many of the products and services on display at Google’s developers’ conference rely on getting to know customers’ interests and preferences. The company also wants to reassure us that we can trust it to respect our privacy. But can we? Malcolm Moore puts the question to Richard Waters, the FT’s West Coast editor Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm Moore, technology news editor, and Richard Waters, West Coast editor. Producer: Fiona Symon


Petrodollars fail to ease Basra's water crisis

Iraq’s second city Basra sits on top of some of the world’s biggest oil reserves that fuel the country’s economy. But life in the city serves as a warning for how rapidly ordinary people can pay the environmental price for mismanagement even as the petrodollars flow in. Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent, discusses the city’s water crisis with Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent and Chloe...


China's BRI - a new colonialism?

China has spent hundreds of billions of dollars financing infrastructure projects across the world through its Belt and Road Initiative, which critics say has imposed ruinous debts on some countries. Andreas Paleit discusses the global impact of the scheme for China and those taking part with James Kynge and Lucy Hornby Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Andreas Paleit, assistant companies news editor, James Kynge, China global editor, and Lucy Hornby, deputy Beijing bureau...


UK high streets in crisis

Britain's high streets are in crisis as struggling retailers are forced into bankruptcy and the property market has a huge excess of space. Patrick Jenkins discusses what has caused this and if there is a remedy with Judith Evans and Jonathan Eley. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Judith Evans, property correspondent, and Jonathan Eley, retail correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon


Bannon's academy for the global alt-right

Steve Bannon was one of the most influential figures in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He turned the Breitbart News website into a single platform for white supremacists, pro-lifers, neo-Nazis and climate change deniers. He has now moved to Europe. Neville Hawcock discusses what he’s doing here with Hannah Roberts who met him recently in Italy. Read Hannah's story here Contributors: Suzanne Blumson, executive editor, Neville Hawcock, FT Weekend magazine acting deputy editor and...


Venezuelan army fails to back Guaidó's 'final push'

The stand-off between Venezuela’s rival presidents turned violent after Juan Guaidó, who is backed by the US and more than 50 other countries, issued a call to his supporters to take to the streets to oust Nicolás Maduro from the presidential palace. James Wilson speaks to Gideon Long, FT Andean correspondent, who has been covering the events. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend news editor, James Wilson, deputy world news editor, Gideon Long, Andean correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon.


Deutsche Bank problems unresolved after merger talks fail

Merger talks between Germany's two biggest banks have failed, leaving Deutsche Bank alone to address problems of underperformance and falling revenues. Patrick Jenkins discusses what went wrong and what happens next with Olaf Storbeck, FT correspondent in Frankfurt, and economist Isabel Schnabel. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, Olaf Storbeck, Frankfurt correspondent, and Isabel Schnabel, economics professor at Bonn University.


Privatised water: should the UK reconsider?

Britons are increasingly doubtful that private companies run things more efficiently than the state. Privatised water utilities have come in for particular criticism and are among the companies targeted for re-nationalisation by the opposition Labour party. But would the cost be prohibitive? Gill Plimmer discusses this question with Jonathan Ford. Read Gill's article here. Listen to our privatisation series here Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jonathan Ford, City editor...


US decision to end Iran oil waivers puts pressure on oil price

The US is ending the waivers it granted last year to allow some countries to continue to import Iranian oil. These were introduced to avoid a damaging oil price spike when Washington reimposed sanctions after withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran. Philip Georgiadis talks to Anjli Raval and Barney Jopson about the likely impact of the US move. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Philip Georgiadis, FastFT reporter, Anjli Raval, senior energy correspondent and Barney Jopson,...


Nationalist spectre hovers over Spanish poll debate

Spaniards face one of the most divisive national elections in living memory, with two electoral blocs competing to portray each other as an existential threat to Spain’s future. Ben Hall discusses the last days of the campaign with Ian Mount in Madrid. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Ben Hall, Europe editor and Ian Mount, Madrid reporter. Producer: Fiona Symon. Clip courtesy of Reuters


Research opens way to ending malaria

The malaria parasite kills nearly half a million every year - most of them children under the age of five. Bed nets, insecticides, and a new vaccines have all shown some potential to curb the disease, but what if it could be virtually wiped out altogether? Some early research using gene editing suggests that this might be a real possibility. Andrew Jack discusses the findings with Clive Cookson, FT science editor, and Austin Burt, professor of evolutionary genetics at Imperial College and a...


Thomas Cook explores potential sale

Thomas Cook, the nearly 200-year-old UK holiday company, is considering putting itself up for sale after a disastrous year when its market capitalisation tumbled 80 per cent. Katie Martin discusses what’s gone wrong and who the potential buyers might be with Anna Gross and Jonathan Guthrie. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie Martin, capital markets editor, Anna Gross, companies reporter and Jonathan Guthrie, editor of the FT's Lex column


How our faces are helping create a new surveillance technology

The market for facial recognition technology is expected to be worth $9bn by 2022, thanks to rapid improvements in the speed and accuracy of the software. Recent strides in machine learning, using large datasets of images culled from the internet, have made this possible. But how ethical is this and how will it affect our privacy? Neville Hawcock discusses this question with Madhumita Murgia, European technology correspondent. Read Madhu's article here Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend...