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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu stalls on calls to aid Palestinian suicide bombings victims' families as they sue Bank of China

Lawyers want leader to grant permission for former agent to testify

North Korea sanctions 'hit humanitarian aid'

New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons programme are having unintended consequences.

The fishing village at Dalian Bay, where a Chinese fishing boat was detained

Kim Jong-un tries to rebuild bridges with release of Chinese hostages

Fishermen freed as speculation grows that Beijing may be planning for regime change

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The Business Matrix: Friday 12 October 2012

Rangers FC plans to raise £20m

China's banks are world's most profitable

The three most profitable banks in the world are now Chinese, illustrating how far financial power has shifted from Europe and America since the credit crunch.

BG secures Chinese funds to finance expansion plan

BG signed a $1.5bn (£940m) agreement with the Bank of China yesterday to fund an expansion of the oil and gas giant's activities in the country.

Human rights issue 'not off limits'

David Cameron insisted human rights issues were not "off limits" with China today after holding talks with Premier Wen Jiabao.

David Prosser: GM may be back but the Chinese auto industry is now hogging the fast lane

Outlook The $20bn (£13bn) of proceeds from General Motors' return to the American stock market could rise as high as $23bn over the next few weeks, assuming various options are exercised. If so, GM will have struck a small victory for the US in the ongoing battle for economic bragging rights: earlier this year, the flotation of the Agricultural Bank of China broke the world record for an initial public offering (IPO), raising $22bn (the previous record holder being Visa, for its $19.6bn float a couple of years back). GM is set to grab it back.

Boom...or bust: Is China heading for big trouble?

A surge in lending and a dash to buy houses is pushing the communist-run country down the West's path to crisis. Richard Northedge reports

Bank of China beats local lenders to finance £100m luxury London hotel

Loan agreement for InterContinental Westminster shows growing attraction of UK for investors

AgBank in record $22bn flotation

Agricultural bank of China is set to raise $22.2bn (£14.6bn) from its initial public offering in Shanghai and Hong Kong, making it the largest flotation ever.

Market Report: Tesco declines as broker compares it to peers

Tesco failed to make any headway last night, with Citigroup saying that, when compared more closely to peers, the supermarket giant offered less in the way of value.

StanChart takes $500m stake in AgBank float

Standard Chartered yesterday said that it will invest $500m (£334m) in Agricultural Bank of China, which is in the process of floating its shares on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges. The investment is designed to give the FTSE 100-listed bank a stronger foothold in Asia.

Market Report: Bargain hunters see value in Shanks

The waste management group Shanks attempted a comeback as bargain hunters piled in last night.

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