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A rundown of the most important global business stories you need to know for the coming day, from the newsroom of the Financial Times. Available every weekday morning.

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A rundown of the most important global business stories you need to know for the coming day, from the newsroom of the Financial Times. Available every weekday morning.

    Trump withdrawing from WHO, Italian mafia bonds, US offshore wind power

    Trump withdrawing from WHO, Italian mafia bonds, US offshore wind power

    The US has begun the process of leaving the World Health Organization, the FT reports that international investors bought bonds backed by the crime proceeds of Italy’s most powerful mafia group, and US investment in offshore wind power is predicted to rise to a level that nearly matches spending on offshore oil drilling this decade. Plus, the FT’s Claire Bushey will explain how coronavirus has triggered a conversation on the treatment and compensation of low-wage workers.
     
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    Social media groups block HK authorities, PPP loans, day trading dangers

    Social media groups block HK authorities, PPP loans, day trading dangers

    Facebook, Google and Twitter have all said they would temporarily block Hong Kong’s authorities from accessing user data despite threats from the government, the US claims its small business bailout programme has kept 51.1 million people in work during the pandemic, and foreign students at US universities and schools will no longer be eligible to stay in the country if their courses move fully online due to coronavirus. Plus, the FT’s Eric Platt will report on the dangers associated with day trading.
     
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    Repairing the social and economic damage brought by the pandemic

    Repairing the social and economic damage brought by the pandemic

    Covid-19 has been a global shock. But will it be a transformative one? In this special edition of the FT News Briefing, the FT’s chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, explains why the global free market era might soon be coming to an end for western democracies, and why he thinks politics, society and the economy should now revolve around the idea of citizenship. 


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    UK wants final say on Virgin-O2 deal, retail goes digital in pandemic, US jobs

    UK wants final say on Virgin-O2 deal, retail goes digital in pandemic, US jobs

    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is set to ask Brussels for full control over the review of the proposed £31bn merger between Virgin Media and O2, US consumers are expected to spend $710bn online in 2020, and American Airlines says it could have over 20,000 front-line employees more than it needs this autumn to operate its reduced flying schedule. Plus, the unemployment rate for black Americans remained higher in June than for all other groups. Economist Valerie Wilson explains why black workers are being disproportionately affected by coronavirus and what policy measures might help.
     
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    July 4 virus spread concerns, EU looks into Google Fitbit deal, Hong Kong under new national security law

    July 4 virus spread concerns, EU looks into Google Fitbit deal, Hong Kong under new national security law

    US public health experts are warning of a heightened risk of coronavirus transmission during US Independence Day celebrations, EU regulators are asking more questions about Google’s proposed $2.1bn takeover of fitness tracker Fitbit, and the FT’s  James Kynge explains how China’s national security law affects both Hong Kongers and foreigners living in the territory. Plus, the FT’s Judith Evans explains why consumers are changing their attitudes towards single-use plastic in the pandemic.
     
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    Dealmaking down, UK business warns on Brexit trade talks, Wirecard’s real business

    Dealmaking down, UK business warns on Brexit trade talks, Wirecard’s real business

    Coronavirus has brought an end to one of the longest waves in mergers and acquisitions history, more than 100 UK company chiefs, entrepreneurs and business groups have written to Boris Johnson warning about the economic damage of a no-deal Brexit, and the FT has revealed that German payments company Wirecard relied on a small number of customers for the majority of its genuine sales according to an internal document. Plus, the FT’s Hannah Murphy looks at whether the advertising revolt against social media and hate speech policy will have a lasting effect. 
     
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