Pearson ups forecast despite FT woes

Publisher proves its strength as it resists economic headwinds

Big Think: Philanthrocapitalism

Matthew Bishop discusses how the age of the ultra-rich created a new wave of philanthropy

Album: Empirical, Out 'n' In (Naim)

Goatee-stroking, beatnik free-jazz from the rejigged Empirical, with only altoist Nathaniel Stacey, drummer Shaney Forbes and bassist Tom Farmer remaining from the band's lauded debut two years ago.

Observations: Spymonkey are having a whale of a time with their new show Moby Dick

If laughter is the best form of therapy, then the British-based physical comedy troupe Spymonkey are just the tonic. Their brand new show, Moby Dick, is about an impresario called Tony Parks, whose ambition it is to put on Moby Dick: The Play. Quite how to put a whale on stage was just one of the challenges faced by the quartet, who got round it by dressing one of their actors in white lycra.

John Rentoul: The Maid and the Man Who Wouldn't Leave His Desk

Sue Cameron in The Financial Times today identifies the excellent Dennis Kavanagh as the uncoverer of one of the best stories about Marcia Williams, now Lady Falkender, who was Harold Wilson's closest adviser.

Top 20 most influential women

Each year, Forbes magazine selects the world's most powerful women. The listing isn't about celebrity or popularity; it's about influence... In our gallery, we introduce you to the Top 20 of Forbes' Power Women!

Ben Chu: A united Korea? Sorry - too expensive

I think the Lex column in the Financial Times might want to invest in a functioning moral compass. Commenting on North Korea, Lex seems to sees the primary danger not in the lunatic regime's nuclear sabre-rattling, but in the prospect of political unification of the Korean peninsula:

Ben Chu: Brittan backs Brown

Samuel Brittan is probably the most respected economic commentator in the country and so his article in The Financial Times today telling us that rising public borrowing is not the road to hell that Conservatives, Republicans and assorted European leaders argue is significant.

Ben Chu: Private equity virtuous? Think again

I think this bubble of self-serving spin is punctured very nicely by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in the Financial Times today.

PM faces sleaze row over £2m 'slush fund'

Tony Blair is embroiled in a new row about sleaze, after a local authority watchdog said it was investigating allegations that Labour is using council taxpayers' money for a £2m campaign "slush fund".

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Markets wobble again on poor US data, but does America matter as much as it used to?

MFI transforms itself into Galiform; Stagecoach pays top dollar for rail franchise; Northern grit in Sir Ken's recovery story

Taking The Wall Street Journal route to crack America

Katherine Griffiths talks to the players unleashing Breaking Views' bite-sized financial opinions across the US

Can a new rival to the 'FT' really do the business?

In a crowded market, the latest financial title might have its work cut out. Tim Luckhurst reports
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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
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An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

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Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
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Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

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To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

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Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

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Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

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From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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