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+‘Crouching Tiger’ mogul in streaming move
Dong Ping joins with start-up Mubi two years after $800m sale of production company to Alibaba

+Oil volatility sends US stocks reeling
S&P 500 has worst day since September

+US earnings hit by dollar and lower oil
S&P 500 companies seen reporting 5.3% drop in year-on-year EPS for fourth quarter

+AB InBev sees record demand for bond deal
Offering increased from $25bn to $46bn amid strong market for high-grade corporate credit

+GoPro shares dive 27% on revenue warning
Group cuts staff numbers after holiday sales fail to meet targets

+Iran moderates key to US sailors’ release
Resolution of incident indicates Iranian politicians want implementation of nuclear deal

+Google’s Schmidt to meet the Pope
Pope Francis has both praised internet and criticised technology

+Wesfarmers in talks to buy Homebase
Potential £340m cash sale comes amid Sainsbury’s pursuit of Argos

+Al Jazeera pulls plug on US cable channel
Qatar-owned media company fails attract enough viewers and advertisers

+BNP Paribas pulls back from Asia
French bank will outsource to electronic brokerage

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+Pakistan cracks down on Islamic militants
Detentions mark rare conciliatory gesture towards New Delhi after air base attack

+Democrats split on deportation raids
Clinton says policy has ‘sown fear and division in immigrant communities’

+Polish-German alliance begins to fray
Return to power of PiS is challenging Poland’s most valuable foreign partnership

+Email-reading bosses not breaching privacy
European court rules on monitoring messages at work

+Greek rescue fund seeks Piraeus banker’s removal
Sign of accelerated clean-up of country’s financial sector

MARKETS

+ETF providers resist cash-return rule
Industry says change shows SEC does not understand how products work

+Dollar’s ascent enters autopilot mode
Gains against developed, emerging and commodity currencies so far this year have seemed effortless

+A tale of two fisheries
Norway’s salmon producers enjoy high prices and demand while Chile’s suffer 3-year lows

+China commodity imports jump in December
Weak prices prompt buying spree and ease fears of slowdown

+Markets in for slower and bumpier climb
It’s a transition point but long-term money should stay invested
ASIA & PACIFIC NEWS
+Indian comedian jailed after mocking guru
Religious leader known for flamboyant outfits evocative of Elvis Presley’s 1970s wardrobe

+Tsai on track for Taiwan poll victory
Former law professor expected to be voted in as president amid discontent with KMT government

+Japan: Deflated generation
Years of falling prices have scarred the economy but have they affected twentysomethings’ ambitions?

+Bomber kills 14 at Pakistan polio clinic
Attack marks fresh setback to country’s troubled campaign to eradicate virus

ASIA-PACIFIC COMPANIES NEWS
+EU delays decision on whether China is a ‘market economy’
Commission cites need for further scrutiny in light of issue’s importance

+Cartel fines hit record in US and China
US Department of Justice levied $2.85bn in antitrust penalties in 2015

+Qualcomm-TDK build ties for wireless plan
US chipmaker and Japanese tech group aim to tap into growing segment of electronics market

+Chinese airlines: caveat trader
Carriers are not benefiting from cheap oil
+Sumitomo and Sherritt hit by nickel slide
Japanese trading house and Canadian miner take $1.7bn writedown

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+Stranded Cuban migrants head for the US
Some 8,000 Cubans stuck in Costa Rica after Nicaragua shut border

+Guatemala bucks EM bond-financing struggles
Morales to boost finances as neighbouring Costa Rica and other EMs face curbs

+Capital flight at core of China’s dilemma
Policymakers have few attractive options to bolster the renminbi

+China commodity imports jump in December
Weak prices prompt buying spree and ease fears of slowdown

+Middle East feels the cost of cheap oil
Lower export revenues have damaged economies of Saudi Arabia and other producer states

+Turkey keeps focus on Kurds despite Isis
Attack on German tourists could force Ankara into reassessing priority

+EU delays decision on whether China is a ‘market economy’
Commission cites need for further scrutiny in light of issue’s importance

+Iran moderates key to US sailors’ release
Resolution of incident indicates Iranian politicians want implementation of nuclear deal

+Cartel fines hit record in US and China
US Department of Justice levied $2.85bn in antitrust penalties in 2015

+Chinese airlines: caveat trader
Carriers are not benefiting from cheap oil

@FT

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