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Mid-August is Obon season in Japan, the time when people return to their ancestral homes and pay homage to the spirits of By Henny Sender
Balfour Beatty has announced that its public-private portfolio has increased in value to more than £1bn in figures delayed By Nick Wilson
China’s property slump – which in July was characterised by widespread declines in city real estate prices coupled with James Kynge
Frothy financial markets, asset prices at perilous highs, cautious investors pushed to take ever bigger risks – the side By Ralph Atkins in London
Low-cost airline Ryanair is to offer a “business class” service on all of its flights as it tries to gain a bigger share of By Claer Barrett
A surge in the popularity of automated banking services in South Korea has slashed the number of people who still use bank Tae-jun Kang
A light breeze twitches the 31 giant wind turbines on a hilltop in rural Australia to whirl into action, generating enough By Jamie Smyth in Gunning, Australia
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early on Wednesday promised to work on a ceasefire plan to end the separatist conflict By John Aglionby in London, Roman Olearchyk in Kiev and agencies
Foxtons‘ profits jumped in the first six months of this year, as the London estate agency chain business announced it would By Kate Allen
Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Property rights and saving the rhino. - Why the Putin era may be over sooner than we think. - The David Keohane
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