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      Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Boeing has claimed a big win over Airbus at the World Trade Organisation – but what was it, and what next? (Image: Airbus A380 at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse. Credit: Reuters)


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      Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Is Italy’s new government on a collision course with Brussels? (Image: Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio (L) and the leader of far-right party Lega, Matteo Salvin. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)


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      Wedding fever? 'I'll be in bed!'


      The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Saturday is expected to attract huge attention around the world, but our correspondent Jonny Dymond finds that in Nottingham, the first city the couple visited after their engagement was announced, many people have little interest in the big event. And Elizabeth Emanuel who designed Princess Diana's wedding gown and the FT's fashion editor, Jo Ellison, are hoping the bride's dress will be "adventurous". (Image: Cardboard cut-outs of...


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      Wedding fever? 'I'll be in bed!'


      The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Saturday is expected to attract huge attention around the world, but our correspondent Jonny Dymond finds that in Nottingham, the first city the couple visited after their engagement was announced, many people have little interest in the big event. And Elizabeth Emanuel who designed Princess Diana's wedding gown and the FT's fashion editor, Jo Ellison, are hoping the bride's dress will be "adventurous". (Image: Cardboard cut-outs of...


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      Irish senator: 'Brexit will not be easy'


      Neale Richmond from the Fine Gail party and Chair of the Irish Senate's Brexit Committee acknowledges that resolving the 'hard border' issue between the UK and Ireland post-Brexit is not going to be easy. Theresa May's cabinet has agreed on a proposal that would see the UK match EU tariffs after 2020, if there is no deal on their preferred customs arrangements. But Brexiter and former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith tells us that any "backstop" plan should be short-term and no...


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      Irish senator: 'Brexit will not be easy'


      Neale Richmond from the Fine Gail party and Chair of the Irish Senate's Brexit Committee acknowledges that resolving the 'hard border' issue between the UK and Ireland post-Brexit is not going to be easy. Theresa May's cabinet has agreed on a proposal that would see the UK match EU tariffs after 2020, if there is no deal on their preferred customs arrangements. But Brexiter and former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith tells us that any "backstop" plan should be short-term and no...


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      Friday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Is the City about to lose one of its big money makers to Frankfurt or Paris? (Image: the City of London financial district. Credit: Reuters)


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      Friday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Is the City about to lose one of its big money makers to Frankfurt or Paris? (Image: the City of London financial district. Credit: Reuters)


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      The secrets of soil


      Soil is a much-misunderstood substance, often dismissed as 'dirt', something to be avoided. Yet the crops we eat, the animals we rely on, the very oxygen we breathe, all depend on the existence of the plant life that bursts from the soil every year. The University of Aberystwyth has created a portable DNA sequencing technique that can identify the make-up of soil. Extracting DNA from the soil can help analyse ecological patterns and microbial communities.


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      Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Does Carillion’s demise show there is something rotten at the heart of UK accounting? (Image: Carillion sign. Credit: Press Association)


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