Financial Times : Middle East (147)

Shinzo Abe wins big victory in Japan's election

Prime minister set to push for revision of Japan's constitution after sweeping triumph

Robotics in the running in Nike's future factory

Developing countries could lose low-cost manufacturing if leisurewear companies increase focus on automated production

Puigdemont denounces plan to sack Catalan government

Crisis escalates as Madrid moves to take control of ministries in semi-autonomous region

WHO reverses award of ambassador role to Mugabe

International outcry over goodwill role for Zimbabwe's president

A desert fantasy in India

Hotel insider: an exuberant conversion of a former maharaja's residence — far from Rajasthan's tourist trail — delights Sophy Roberts

Japanese go to the polls as typhoon threatens turnout

Election expected to return a large majority for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Rajoy announces plan to sack Catalan government

Crisis escalates as Madrid plans direct control of ministries in semi-autonomous region

Macron eyes shake up of European political order

French president looks for allies to form new political group in European Parliament

Fox faces scrutiny after details of $32m O'Reilly settlement 

Amount of harassment settlement catches group by surprise

Brexit must offer Leave voters the dignity they voted for

A close relationship with the EU is the way to protect what my constituents value

Wildfires in California's winelands

'The Santa Rosa wine centre was reduced to a bleak, ashen desert within hours . . . The flames soon spread'

Rajoy announces plan to sack Catalan government 

Ministries in the semi-autonomous region will be run from Madrid

Demise of Australian carmaking acts as warning to rich nations

General Motors' unit closure raises questions over manufacturing in developed states

Backlash after WHO makes Mugabe goodwill ambassador

Health and human rights organisations call on WHO to reverse 'sickening' decision

BMW's Munich HQ raided in car collusion probe

Brussels makes 'unannounced inspection' after allegations against German groups

Singapore-style maths adds up for UK schools

Asian textbooks adapted for British classrooms in bid to emulate success

Edward St Aubyn on fiction and the complexity of truth

Regarded as one of the finest English novelists of his generation, he overcame child abuse and drug addiction to address these subjects in prose

Militants in deadly clash with Egyptian security

Dozens of police killed in raid on hide out 135km south-west of Cairo

Weinstein board members claim lawyers hindered sex inquiry

Independent directors fear they were misled when access was blocked to personnel file in 2015

May's Brexit weakness focuses EU minds

Bloc fears pushing too hard could topple British PM and leave Eurosceptic in charge

US budget vote provides sorely needed Republican unity

Party backslapping after critical step taken on rocky road to tax reform

Uber-SoftBank deal threatened by dispute over terms

New sticking point emerges in fractious negotiations over $10bn investment

Yellen says Fed might turn to QE in another downturn

Trump eyes new leadership that is more dubious about crisis-era stimulus tools

Brutal murder exposes Malta's murky politics

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a vocal critic of the island's political and business elite. Her killing has left unanswered questions

Xi Jinping, China's new revolutionary hero

The communist leader has revealed enough in his first term to offer clues to his next moves

Bush shouts into a political chasm with Trump attack

Despite scathing criticism, the president has been strangely silent

Nuns tell companies to get real over virtual AGMs

US religious order joins good fight against trend towards online-only annual meetings

Argentine election doubts as activist death confirmed

Identification of body of Santiago Maldonado found in Patagonian river causes political storm

US cities shower Amazon with offers of tax breaks

The ecommerce group's search for a second headquarters sparks an expensive bidding war

GE cuts earnings guidance after weak third quarter

Analysts speculate about dividend reduction after 'very challenging quarter'

EU demands 'firm and concrete' Brexit divorce offer

French president Emmanuel Macron suggests final bill should be more than €40bn

Elliott urges Smith & Nephew to slim down business

Fund wants group to explore disposals that could boost attraction as takeover target

N Korea 'months' away from ability to strike US, says CIA

Kim regime is close to reaching nuclear missile goal, warns Mike Pompeo

LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman: why I love board games

After selling the site for $26bn, the billionaire has had more time to pursue other passions

Catalan separatists draw strength from arrests

Secessionists exploit opportunity while Rajoy works to secure political support

Nissan overhauls inspections to address scandal

CEO pledges 'drastic measures' ahead of first update of test procedures in 20 years

Xi signals China's departure from low-profile policy

Switch in strategy reflects leadership vacuum left by Trump and impact of Brexit

May asks EU not to back her into corner on Brexit

PM seeks green light for transition talks but bloc expected to say progress not sufficient

North Korea 'months' away from strike range on US, says CIA head

Kim regime close to reaching nuclear missile goal, Mike Pompeo warns

US cities shower Amazon with offers of tax breaks

The ecommerce giant's hunt for a second headquarters sparks an expensive arms race

May asks EU not to back her into corner on Brexit

PM seeks green light for transition talks, but bloc expected to say progress not sufficient

After Catalans, Italian regions step up autonomy call

Northern League uses Lombardy and Veneto referendums to push for special status

US Senate votes to advance Trump tax agenda

Lawmakers pass budget vote expected to pave way for tax overhaul

Qudian IPO shows demand keen for China fintech

Investors' interest in sector swells, but regulatory risks remain

The meaning of the F-word — feminism in five voices

FT writers give very different and personal views on what the movement means to them

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman: 'Board games inspired my business strategy'

Since the company he co-founded was sold to Microsoft for $26bn, the tech billionaire has had more time to pursue his other passions

Japan equity funds suffer outflows ahead of vote

Investors opt not to trust forecasts of Shinzo Abe victory after other polling snafus

Transition troubles loom for Brexit Britain

UK's top priority at EU summit could be 'fool's gold', official warns

Bush calls for restoration of US values in rebuke to Trump

Speech refers to multiple controversies without mentioning president by name

Macron suffers EU setback over tech tax plans

France fails to gain unanimous support for crackdown on US digital giants