AstraZeneca has drawn up plans to break out its China business, and France is challenging a German-led plan to build up Europe’s air defences. Plus, US businesses are cutting back on their investments in diversity and inclusion.

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AstraZeneca drafts plan to spin off China business amid tensions

France summons allies in challenge to German-led air defence plan

Cuts to investment in diversity threaten gains

Hunt tells ministers to quicken adoption of AI to boost economy

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