The UK and EU will on Friday sign a deal to co-operate more closely in tackling illegal immigration and criminal gangs, and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index hit a record high after 34 years. Plus, the FT’s Alison Killing talks about Russia’s failed rebuilding of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

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UK and EU agree to co-operate more closely on migration

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index eclipses record high after 34 years

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