Asian billionaires embark on UK spending spree as pound nosedives

China and Hong Kong’s super-rich buy up everything from skyscrapers to private schoolsChina’s president, Xi Jinping, and David Cameron famously sealed their countries’ “golden era” friendship in 2015 over a pint of Greene King IPA at the Plough at Cads…

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Can the Fed’s chair shake off the wolves of Wall Street and White House?

Trump may howl for stimulus but the put-upon Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell has his hands tiedDonald Trump is not known for his love of 12th-century English history but there are echoes of the clash between Henry II and Thomas Becket in the presid…

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Bitter leaves: tobacco’s devastating global legacy

A new book by Rocco Rorandelli, Bitter Leaves, explores the environmental, health and social impacts of the tobacco cycle, from seed to sale“With a long history of denying the health risks of smoking and second-hand smoke, obscuring the truth about tob…

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