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'Food revolution' - megabrands turn to small start-ups for big ideas

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LONDON Food and drink megabrands are seeing their sales chewed away by smaller, nimbler, cooler rivals. They can't beat them - so now they're joining them.

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Special Report - As Modi and his Hindu base rise, so too does a yoga tycoon 23 May 2017

HARIDWAR, India Narendra Modi leaned to whisper in the ear of the man sitting cross-legged and barefoot next to him, the one clad in saffron robes with a long beard and squinty gaze. It was late in the afternoon of March 23, 2014 in New Delhi and the start of national elections was a fortnight away.

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How Malta rolled dice on online gambling supervision - documents 26 May 2017

BRUSSELS Malta let online gambling firms operate from the island across the European Union between at least 2012-2014 while failing to enforce its own rules on monitoring their computer servers, according to a former employee at Malta’s gaming regulator.

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In America's largest oilfield, whir of activity confounds OPEC 17 May 2017

LEA COUNTY, N.M. As oilfield workers for Lilis Energy Inc threaded together drill pipes one recent morning in the Permian Basin, a bulldozer cleared sagebrush to make way for the company's fifth well since January. | Video

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Behind Kushner Companies, a Chinese agency skirts visa-for-investment rules 12 May 2017

SHANGHAI While Jared Kushner's family company apologised this week for mentioning the White House adviser's name when wooing Chinese investors to fund a New Jersey real estate project, one Chinese immigration agency was touting its role in the deal.

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Suspected Russia-backed hackers target Baltic energy networks 11 May 2017

MILAN/LONDON Suspected Russia-backed hackers have launched exploratory cyber attacks against the energy networks of the Baltic states, sources said, raising security concerns inside the West's main military alliance, NATO.

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Ex-rebel leaders detail role played by Putin aide in east Ukraine 11 May 2017

MOSCOW A top aide to Vladimir Putin decides how the pro-Moscow administration of eastern Ukraine is run and who gets what jobs there, three former rebel leaders said, challenging Kremlin denials that it calls the shots in the region.   

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Amazon trounces rivals in battle of the shopping 'bots' 10 May 2017

SAN FRANCISCO Earlier this year, engineers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc who track rivals' prices online got a rude surprise: the technology they were using to check Amazon.com several million times a day suddenly stopped working. | Video

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On Gatsby’s North Shore, Chinese luxury home buyers pause as curbs bite 10 May 2017

JERICHO, N.Y./BEIJING Among the sprawling colonial homes and well-tended lawns on the north shore of New York's Long Island, there are signs that Chinese policies crafted 11,000 kilometres away are taking a toll. | Video

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Dismantling nuclear: German power firms sell new skills 09 May 2017

FRANKFURT Energy groups E.ON and EnBW are tearing down their nuclear plants at massive cost following Germany's decision to abandon nuclear power by 2022, but they are seeking to turn a burden into business by exporting their newfound dismantling skills.

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May's lead narrows after Manchester attack placing landslide win in doubt

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed sharply, according to five opinion polls published since the Manchester attack, suggesting she might not win the landslide predicted just a month ago.