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A rundown of the most important global business stories you need to know for the coming day, from the newsroom of the Financial Times. Available every weekday morning.

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    Nations race to contain the Omicron variant

    8:35

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/f39ef841-2756-40c4-9da5-487316beac2eCountries are imposing new lockdowns and travel restrictions to try and contain the new Omicron coronavirus variant, and the UK’s competition regulator is expected to try and reverse Meta’s acquisition of online gif platform Giphy. Plus, the FT’s Tehran correspondent, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, offers a view from Iran as the country prepares to sit down with Western powers in Vienna this week for talks intended at reviving the moribund nuclear accord. Nations race to contain Omicron variant as more cases detectedhttps://www.ft.com/content/2da44fcf-99f7-43a8-b4b0-c3c1d4782cf3UK regulator expected to block Meta’s $400m Giphy dealhttps://www.ft.com/content/662c8e3f-4909-4bec-9131-c0237bb4897dIran’s Raisi under pressure to deliver as patience frayshttps://www.ft.com/content/6ea22507-55c2-47d1-95c0-111ef1496163Ghislaine Maxwell trial set to shed light on Epstein misdeedshttps://www.ft.com/content/58d5b0f8-c711-4bc8-b51a-6ce00bbeeeeeThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    FT Weekend: Eat, drink and be merry

    26:42

    What do you think of when you hear the words ‘British food’? This week, to celebrate the FT Weekend Magazine’s food and drink holiday special, we’re digging in. Food critic Tim Hayward praises modern British cuisine and challenges his compatriots to be proud of their food culture. Our team visits one of the last standing eel and pie shops in London to explore how culinary traditions survive. Then, Lilah learns a great holiday cocktail from one of Brooklyn’s best mixologists, Shannon Mustipher, author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails and the first African-American bartender to write a cocktail recipe book in 100 years. If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1 month-long trial, go here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast --------------------------Links from the episode:— Tim Hayward on how Britain overcame its culinary cringe: https://www.ft.com/content/5e718d4e-140f-4991-9dd1-2779d64732c5— Tim in this weekend’s Magazine Food and Drink Special, about the merry hell of Christmas: https://www.ft.com/content/fb718958-a556-42bb-9ac9-33b394f8fc52 — The 25 best hotel bars in the world, including Lilah’s recommendation: https://www.ft.com/content/a51b0215-344e-4aa0-b3b4-c5a78ddd8299— Shannon Mustipher’s book, Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails: https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9780789335548/— You can explore the whole magazine issue here: https://www.ft.com/magazineShannon’s cocktail: Tha God’s Honest Truth, inspired by El Diablo1.75 oz Casa Dragones Tequila Blanco, 1 oz Ginger Beer (with low sugar content, like Fever-Tree), .75 oz Hisbiscus Syrup, .75 lemon Juice. Combine all but ginger beer in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Collins glass. Tip off with ginger beer, garnish with a lime wheel, then serve.Sorrel (Hisbiscus) Syrup500 ml water, 500 ml sugar, 2 -3 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves. In a saucepan, toast the cinnamon and cloves for 2 minutes, until aromas are released. Add the water and bring to a soft boil (don’t over-boil). Add the sugar, reduce to a low simmer and whisk briskly to dissolve. Add ¾ cup dried hibiscus and simmer for 30-45 minutes, until desired flavor extraction is achieved. To serve: Strain out the solids and chill prior to use.--------------------------Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. 
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    Biden’s strategic political reserve

    10:24

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/5074f2b1-fd14-490a-9234-3027d565adc9President Joe Biden has authorised the release of 50m barrels of oil “over the coming months” from the US strategic petroleum reserve in a move co-ordinated with China, India, Japan, South Korea and the UK to drive down fuel prices and FT Video journalist and producer Donell Newkirk discusses his FT documentary on the evolution of the music industry. US to release 50m barrels of oil from reserves - with Derek Brower https://www.ft.com/content/4e7f2590-1a4f-4792-9e64-eafabdef6534How to make money in the music business - with Donell Newkirk https://www.ft.com/video/cae8ce65-9639-4c9d-978c-b5759d0774f5Radiohead’s interactive ‘exhibition’ pushes music and games into new territoryhttps://www.ft.com/content/eb18c19a-d568-4436-991c-d4e302a3cdc0The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    China’s game-changing hypersonic technology

    11:34

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/e83a0e51-9195-4c95-8f0b-263f97794302Joe Biden has nominated Jay Powell to serve a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve, opting for continuity as the US economy grapples with persistently high inflation and a patchy labour market recovery; China’s hypersonic weapons test in July included a technological advance that enabled it to fire a missile as it approached its target travelling at least five times the speed of sound, a capability no country has previously demonstrated and one that caught Pentagon scientists off guard. Joe Biden nominates Jay Powell for second term as Fed chairhttps://www.ft.com/content/9e9540a2-2ba8-4e0e-84d8-a1945c20453aChinese hypersonic weapon fired a missile over South China Sea, Pentagon struggles to understand how Beijing mastered technologyhttps://www.ft.com/content/a127f6de-f7b1-459e-b7ae-c14ed6a9198cUber to sell cannabis to customers in Canadahttps://www.ft.com/content/22855150-d04c-4f43-adb1-f066c170555aThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    The growing problem of space junk

    10:19

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/db10452c-ddf2-445a-a28f-34253506c142Saudi Arabia has an ambitious goal to increase domestic military production as part of Crown Prince Mohammed’s plan to diversify the oil-dependent economy, video game maker Electronic Arts and football governing body Fifa are in a bitter dispute over the value of the Fifa name that could end their lucrative sports licensing partnership, and the FT’s international business editor Peggy Hollinger says Russia’s destruction last week of one of its old satellites adds to the risk of debris colliding with spacecraft. EA and Fifa’s 30-year video game union at risk in battle over name - with Murad Ahmedhttps://www.ft.com/content/433c3af7-6ea1-4c7f-ab94-94a431aec2d4Russian satellite debris is a wake-up call for emerging space industry - with Peggy Hollinger https://www.ft.com/content/c27d6560-8641-4f0c-926b-8278de737206The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  
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    FT Weekend: The art of conversation, with Ruby Wax

    33:35

    FT Weekend is a weekly Saturday show that brings the best of our Life & Arts journalism into audio form. You can follow it on its own feed at 'FT Weekend'. This week, we talk about conversation. Columnist Enuma Okoro explores what makes certain conversations feel good. Lilah and US Managing Editor Peter Spiegel chase the mystery of who actually wrote the US constitution along with esteemed historian William Ewald. And Ruby Wax, the iconic celebrity interviewer of the 90s, tells us how she got stars good and bad—from the Spice Girls to Bill Cosby—to open up and show us who they really are.Links from the episode: — The FT’s best books of 2021 (paywall): https://www.ft.com/booksof2021— Enuma Okoro on the art of conversation: https://www.ft.com/content/7ea1d669-a490-418e-a4a0-5aa04175657a — Watch Lilah’s full conversation with Ruby Wax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E317YWBFyws — Watch a lecture by UPenn law and philosophy professor William Ewald, on forgotten founding father James Wilson: https://vimeo.com/521928817— Ewald’s published articles about Wilson: https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/do/search/?q=author_lname%3A%22Ewald%22%20AND%20author_fname%3A%22William%22 Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap. If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1/£1/€1 month-long trial, we’ve got you: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. ‘Yankee Doodle’ was performed by Carrie Rehkopf. Clips of Ruby Wax are from BBC. 
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    Euro drama in currency markets

    10:21

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/896cc408-68c4-4fd1-960b-85bb18843384Ford and General Motors said on Thursday that they are improving links with semiconductor manufacturers to improve their supply of electronic chips as the car industry confronts a shortage. Some foreign companies are still investing in Turkey despite the country’s ailing economy. Plus, the FT’s markets editor, Katie Martin, explains why the euro is losing value against the US dollar and why it could potentially make inflation worse. Ford and GM pursue ties with semiconductor groups to boost chip supplyhttps://www.ft.com/content/06252ac7-5b10-45d8-834f-c7180722bda0Euro hit by bets ECB monetary policy will diverge from major peers - with Katie Martin https://www.ft.com/content/f09a8ba8-c196-46d0-8fe7-15d6ae64364fTurkey defies warnings and cuts interest rateshttps://www.ft.com/content/2db0434d-2851-4485-850d-06cfca32ff22FT News Briefing wins Gold and a People’s Lovie Awards:https://winners.lovieawards.com/?_ga=2.160925368.480629916.1637093197-697055072.1634666649#!p=118The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  
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    EV market capitalisations go bonkers

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    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/eb7eaf32-597e-403a-bb3c-71290113ad92US President Joe Biden has called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the country’s biggest oil companies are engaged in “potentially illegal conduct”, the euro fell to its lowest level in 16 months this week as currency markets bet on divergence between the ECB and other major central banks. Plus, the market capitalisation of electric vehicle upstart Rivian has surpassed that of VW and FT global motor industry correspondent Peter Campbell explains why investors are piling into EV shares. Joe Biden demands probe of ‘potentially illegal conduct’ in oil sector - with Lauren Fedor https://www.ft.com/content/66df689f-8a8e-4adb-a57a-664142c8be46Euro hit by bets ECB monetary policy will diverge from major peershttps://www.ft.com/content/f09a8ba8-c196-46d0-8fe7-15d6ae64364fEV maker Rivian eclipses Volkswagen in value while Lucid overtakes Ford - with Peter Campbell https://www.ft.com/content/a0575122-404d-4d11-b54b-f1af77733a4eStaples Center in Los Angeles to be renamed Crypto.com Arena - with Sara Germanohttps://www.ft.com/content/0e4af0d3-0ae9-48c5-8aee-9a1a9a5721a4The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  
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    On trial in the Vatican

    10:03

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/e08f700a-75e9-427d-b360-2a7c99c3fb24Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have agreed to hold talks aimed at reducing tensions as US anxiety grows over China’s expanding nuclear arsenal and its recent test of a hypersonic weapon, Germany’s energy regulator said it had “temporarily suspended” certification of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and today a high stakes trial involving the Holy See’s investments in a London property development is set to resume in a court in the Vatican. US and China agree to hold talks on nuclear arsenalshttps://www.ft.com/content/6e8ad43b-0bb8-4d03-b768-dcb534589841Germany suspends certification of Nord Stream 2 pipeline - with Erika Solomonhttps://www.ft.com/content/a5141b69-0655-48b2-a53a-76d841b02702Vatican cardinal goes on trial in landmark financial corruption case - with Miles Johnson https://www.ft.com/content/9ead42bd-d6bb-4b02-b160-00cfd0e400f3UK ad watchdog investigates ‘meme coin’ Floki Inu’s London marketing blitzhttps://www.ft.com/content/741bc6ac-74cc-405b-a9f3-93d2a98bfecaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  
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    Shell shifts HQ to the UK

    9:46

    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/fe1805b2-ef2f-48b4-9ca3-37e8c5f82e11The use of brand new “virgin” plastics by some of the world’s largest brands has peaked and is on track to fall significantly by 2025, US coal prices have jumped to their highest level in more than 12 years. Plus, the FT’s business columnist, Helen Thomas, explains why Royal Dutch Shell is leaving Amsterdam for the UK. Global brands’ use of ‘virgin’ plastics on track for significant drop by 2025https://www.ft.com/content/c4a4e31d-dbe2-4a54-b059-88d175bef5f2​​US coal prices jump to highest level since 2009https://www.ft.com/content/180e4544-6448-48d2-a347-5f9d27b43d61Dutch government scrambles to keep Shell in Netherlandshttps://www.ft.com/content/6339b89b-af46-480f-b34e-8c7fb6ae1e60Oatly shares tumble as plant-milk maker warns on revenueshttps://www.ft.com/content/a17345bc-9306-44ca-8e6c-26fc071166ccThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Peter Barber, Gavin Kallmann and Michael Bruning. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.  
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