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Banks told they must renew creaky IT systems

Complex networks bolted together after mergers are under strain, watchdog says

Thames Water seeks international backers for London’s £4bn super-sewer

Company to set up new firm to build £4.2bn network, paid for by £40 a year on bills

Martin Wheatley says the disregard of ethics in the industry was ‘shocking’

Guns blazing: City sheriff rounds up the cowboys

Watchdog head Martin Wheatley says banking culture reforms will take time

FCA tells bank investors to get tough on bonuses

The boss of Britain’s financial watchdog has told shareholders to get tough with banks if they want to cap giant bonus payouts.

FCA's Martin Wheatley calls on investors to rein in bonus pay

The boss of Britain’s financial watchdog has told shareholders to get tough with banks if they want to cap giant bonus payouts.

Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio: 'We're not such a big bank as people think'

The chief executive contends that Lloyds is not too mighty and its bonus culture makes sense. Many may beg to differ

Filling my Boots? I know we are paying our taxes

To some he is the alchemist who rescued the high street chain, to others he is short-changing Britain. Stefano Pessina breaks off from a global expansion drive to tell James Ashton he has nothing to hide

Jakarta's governor, Joko Widodo, (front right) this month

On the road to power? Meet Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s very own Boris Johnson

He’s the governor of a capital city who’s preparing himself for the next step up the political ladder. James Ashton in Jakarta meets the man many believe could be the next president of Indonesia

James Ashton: Money is flooding into emerging markets in Asia, and smart local operators are prospering from ties with overseas investors

Brands often need to partner with domestic firms who think they can cater best for changing local tastes

James Ashton: Come to Singapore, but be aware of the rules - chewing gum is bad, gambling is very, very good

Global Outlook It is hard to reconcile buttoned-up Singapore's transformation into the world's second-largest gambling mecca. On the one hand, chewing gum is banned and possession of a few grams of cannabis can lead to instant imprisonment. On the other, one of the original Asian tigers opened a crystal-topped cathedral of gambling four years ago that has been a roaring success. Stud poker is a particular favourite.

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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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