Nick Kochan

Nick Kochan is a financial and political journalist based in London. He has written extensively on financial and white collar crime

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Cherie Blair at the launch of the Vodafone Connected Women report in Delhi in July last year

From the Bar to a seat on the Renault board: how Cherie Booth’s earnings have accelerated

Ms Booth has her own business interests

Clockwise from top left: Tony Blair with Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2009; at Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt in 2007; with Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2008; with Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in 2001

Is Tony Blair retiring to spend even more time with his dictators?

Nick Kochan, co-author of a new book on the former PM’s business interests, explains why his position as a Middle East peace envoy was never tenable

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth, book review

This moving and disturbing study charts the post-war life of the architect of the Holocaust
Bank insiders are being groomed, says Europol

Hackers are plotting one big banking hit, warns Europol

Insiders are being groomed to sabotage financial security systems, say investigators

The Kazakh capital, Astana
David Cameron on a visit to Kazakhstan with President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan report: When oligarchs and dictators came to London

Six months after ENRC quit the Stock Exchange, the bruises remain. Nick Kochan reports from Almaty, Kazakhstan

A fine and a slap on the wrist for the City crooks

London Laundry - White collar crime: New system means firms guilty of bribery or fraud will be able to do deals to avoid prosecutions
John Hourican has given himself five years to rescue the bank

John Hourican: The $1 trillion was our main worry, not Libor fixing

He resigned as head of RBS's investment bank. Now at the Bank of Cyprus, he tells Nick Kochan how the City treated him

Pirates can operate with relative impunity in war-torn Somalia

The Horn of Plenty: How piracy became a $413m business

World Bank report reveals how profits are used to fund terrorism and destabilise Somalia

Women whose ideas won't go to waste

From India to Guatemala and Nigeria, the initiative of female entrepreneurs in areas of need has been recognised in the Cartier awards
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...