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NEWS ANALYSIS: High noon looms for Group Five

Backroom manoeuvres have featured at Group Five, where shareholder Allan Gray wants a completely new board

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Writers’ style — by the book

Carola Long

In Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore, Terry Newman finds that a strong look can take an author far beyond the cultural confines of the bookshelf

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Olly Robbins: the man spearheading the UK’s Brexit talks

Alex Barker and James Blitz

With a string of demanding day jobs, including being a ‘sherpa’ to Theresa May, he has built the department for exiting the EU, to a staff of nearly 500 in 12 months

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The logic behind China’s treatment of dissident Liu Xiaobo

Jamil Anderlini

China has lifted 800-million people out of poverty over the past 40 years; calls for individual freedom pose a potent threat to one-party rule, writes Jamil Anderlini

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The world’s biggest gas field lies between Qatar and Iran — and the race is on

In 1971, Shell drilled into what became Qatar’s North Field to find not oil, but vast quantities of gas, the rest is a history of political power play, writes Robin M Mills

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The logic behind China’s treatment of dissident Liu Xiaobo

China has lifted 800-million people out of poverty over the past 40 years; calls for individual freedom pose a potent threat to one-party rule, writes Jamil Anderlini

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GARETH VAN ONSELEN: The rise of Cyril Ramathusiasm

Every time the deputy president speaks, his followers are gripped by excitement. But what is he really saying? Or is he leading by following? Is the tide more important than the principle?

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