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Adidas shares tumble as sportswear giant warns over Russian sanctions

Shares fell as much as 14% after Adidas admitted its targets for 2015 were no longer achievable

Argentina defaults as 11th hour talks with hedge funds collapse

Argentina and hedge funds demanding a full pay-out on some of the nation's bonds fail to strike a deal

ESPN suspends sports pundit Stephen A. Smith for suggesting women 'provoke' domestic violence

Smith said women should remove elements of "provocation" to stop "horrible dudes" from attacking them

Bankers face jail time under new Bank of England rules

Bank of England announces tough rules allowing bonuses to be clawed back seven years after they are awarded to combat misconduct in the City

HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK

Bank says decision to close the accounts wasn't 'taken lightly' and denies religion played a part 

Basketball fans in Los Angeles make their feelings on Donald Sterling clear

Donald Sterling loses court battle to block sale of LA clippers

Judge hands Shelly Sterling court victory after ruling she had the authority to sell the team for a record $2bn

Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film

Fifty Shades of Grey trailer becomes most watched You Tube movie preview of 2014

First trailer for the upcoming film adaption of the erotic series has received more than 36 million views in less than a week

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer released at Comic-Con

First trailer for Peter Jackson's final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy released as fans prepare to say goodbye to Middle Earth

Joaquin Phoenix is to quit acting

Joaquin Phoenix 'in talks' to play Doctor Strange

Actor is said to be in advanced negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy beats Hercules in battle for US box office

'Lucy' punches her way to the top spot at the box office in Scarlett Johansson's best debut yet

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Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star