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Former broker sues BGC Partners after he refused to participate in water-throwing initiation ritual

Broker claims he was 'hated in the office' and taunted for being a fan of Chelsea Football Club by fellow traders

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveils Windows 8.1

Steve Ballmer buys LA Clippers for record $2bn

Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life after making racist comments caught on tape and released online

'I didn't mean to insult Muslim community': Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson claims Islam comments 'were misinterpreted'

Peter Robinson insists remarks in support of pastor who compared Muslims to the IRA were "hyped up" and "given a meaning that was never intended"

Evan Spiegel, the founder of Snapchat, dropped out of Stanford University just before graduation to develop his app

Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel apologises for misogynistic e-mails

Spiegel made references to alcohol, cocaine, hot b****s and drunk sex

Iconic Chanel No 5 perfume to reformulate under new EU regulations

Brussels targets perfume industry with ingredient bans and new labelling requirements

First Minister and DUP Leader Peter Robinson

Northern Ireland's Peter Robinson caught in religious row after defending preacher's 'evil Islam' sermon

Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, has come under intense scrutiny for defending a pastor who described Islam as "satanic" and "heathen"

'I was a spy for the US': Edward Snowden hits back at critics in first American television interview

NSA whisteblower says critics are trying to 'distract' the public by discrediting his qualifications and professional expertise

Manaus Stadium

World Cup 2014: Host city Manaus declares state of emergency in latest setback

Out-of-date food was seized by health inspectors from England's hotel in Rio

Cardiff babysitter jailed for handing defenceless baby to paedophile

A Cardiff babysitter has been jailed for 16 years for handing a defenceless three-year old to a paedophile who drugged and raped the toddler twice in her flat.

Manuel Uribe, the world's fattest man in the 2007 Guinness Book of Records, waves as he is driven on a truck to his wedding

'World's former fattest man' Manuel Uribe dies in hospital

Mexico's Manuel Uribe weighted 1,230 pounds (560 kilograms) when he was named the 'world's heaviest human being' in the Guinness Book of Records

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice