A sculpture of James de Rothschild in the Rothschild Bank, which is being sued by Corinna von Schönau

Novartis heir sues German nobleman and Rothschild bank: When aristocrats go to war over money

The heir to the Novartis family fortune says she was swindled by a German nobleman and the Rothschild bank. Jim Armitage reports on a blue-blooded battle royale

The Week Ahead: Property the focus as builders and estate agents deliver results

Property is the focus this week as a range of housebuilders and estate agents deliver results.

‘Great restaurants are all about energy and tiny detail,’ says Zeev Godik. ‘The staff and the customers have to be happy’

Meat master who sells beef back to Argentina

After 21 years, Zeev Godik’s Gaucho grill restaurant chain is maturing nicely - not only thriving but expanding too.

Just desserts: in Madrid, the government is hoping to be rewarded for strong GDP growth when voters go to the polls later this year

While Greece flails, are the rest of the stricken Pigs taking off?

The other eurozone bailout recipients - Portugal, Ireland and Spain - are showing an improvement

Tesco’s new chairman, John Allan

Has Tesco picked the right man for the top job?

The ailing supermarket chain selected John Allan as its new chairman this week. But many retail analysts think it passed over the best candidate

Sir Howard Davies says financial regulation has become excessively prescriptive

Sir Howard Davies: 'We've let bankers duck and weave'

He has been dodging political missiles as chair of the Airports Commission, but Sir Howard also has plans to reform finance

Masks of Maria das Graças Silva Foster being prepared for this year’s Rio Carnival, reflecting the high public profile of the unfolding scandal

Petrobras scandal gives Rolls-Royce a new headache

Britain’s pre-eminent engineer is already under investigation for alleged corruption in China and Indonesia. Now it can add Brazil to its list of woes

The Week Ahead: First view of January with consumer and producer price index figures

A flood of economic data is set to hit the City this week.

Zamin, the mining group founded by Pramod Agarwal, is suing ENRC for £144m

Pramod Agarwal: Two lavish weddings and a very acrimonious divorce

The charmed life of Indian tycoon Pramod Agarwal is under threat from a bitter business dispute over a Brazilian mine

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey movie: The record-breaking phenomenon in numbers

How EL James created a cash cow

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Igor Sechin during a meeting at the Kremlin in 2013

Igor Sechin: The oil man at the heart of Putin's Kremlin

Exclusive: Igor Sechin runs Rosneft, the biggest publicly traded oil firm in the world. He tells City Editor Jim Armitage about sanctions, the oil price and his admiration for BP

Niger is frequently affected by food crises; it now has a policy with ARC

Insurance offers new hope to Africa in fight against drought and natural disasters

A programme run by the African Union hopes to provide member states with immediate aid following catastrophes

Arm’s chips will be used in everything from PCs to driverless cars

Chancing an Arm on the internet of things

From tiny start-up to global tech giant, Arm's success has been spectacular. But now a challenging new market beckons

Ready for Grexit? Protesters gathered in Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek parliament, last week

Greece's month of living dangerously: Who will blink first - Alexis Tsipras or Angela Merkel?

Athens’s quest to secure a new EU deal begins tomorrow. The stakes are high, but when does the money actually run out?

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Women and men stand in an office
Two economists have come up with a formula to quantify the gender gap
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An investor reads a newspaper in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing, China. China's major stock indexes sank more than 6 percent in early trade on Tuesday, after a catastrophic Monday that saw Chinese exchanges suffer their biggest losses since the global financial crisis, destabilising financial markets around the world.
Satyajit Das, Das Capital: The ‘Chinese dream’ risks turning into a nightmare for its investors and its leaders.

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Paddy Power is well-known for eye-catching promotional stunts, such as this balloon at the Cheltenham Festival
Outlook: It isn’t hard to see Paddy Power and Betfair's investors are excited
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A view through smog over the 02 Arena and the Canary Wharf financial district in London. The BBC weather centre predicts a potential 8 or 9 out of 10 level of air pollution likely to be found in East Anglia and the East Midlands
James Moore:

“Sell in May go away, buy again on St Leger Day” runs the old City saying. 

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Stonewall, which marches at London Pride, is working with firms in the professions to promote equality
Jo Bourke investigates 'prevalent' homophobic attitudes in the construction and property sectors
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Spokespeople for the companies involved, including BHP Billiton, stressed their political neutrality
James Moore, Outlook:

The sort of name recognition enjoyed by the likes of Tesco or Barclays is not something BHP Billiton is ever going to achieve.

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The Chinese stock market has faced its own 'Black Monday'
James Moore, Outlook:This is what happens when humans are replaced by computers.
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Everything you need to know about the global stock market meltdown and what it means
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Rupert Scofield, founder of microfinance institution Finca, shows Matthew Glynn how it has changed lives
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Laura Wade-Gery, the M&S executive in charge of the company's 870 UK stores and website, is going on maternity leave, the retailer announced today
James Ashton, My Week After her moment on the front pages, Laura Wade-Gery should be left to get on with it
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Online gambling operator 888.com is a client of XL Media, which specialises in driving internet users to its site
Jim Armitage, Outlook: The takeover battle for the Bwin.party online gambling company has had more twists than an all-night blackjack session.
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A file photograph showing a HSBC corporate logo outside a branch of the bank in central London, England, 09 February 2015
Ben Chu, Voices : Aristotle was not a fan of interest rates but the father of Western philosophy nevertheless might have been at home in modern Britain.
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Goldman Sachs Manhattan headquarters
Jim Armitage, Outlook: Next time there’s a financial meltdown, your money could be rescuing Goldman Sachs.
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The Bank of England
Jim Armitage, Outlook:The British economy remains basking in the glow of super-low inflation.
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The Bovis Homes building site in Cambourne Near Cambridge
Jim Armitage, Outlook: Bovis has confirmed it in black and white: Britain doesn’t have a hope of hitting the Government’s 200,000 annual housebuilding target. Ever.
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In the aftermath of share falls in the Chinese stock market, there is increased focus on the wider effects
Satyajit Das: In the aftermath of share falls in the Chinese stock market, there is increased focus on the wider effects.
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Highly commended Richard Fisher. 'I had rented a camera for the weekend to photograph a friend's wedding, and so had planned to get my money's worth by visiting Richmond Park that Sunday morning long before knowing what the weather conditions were likely to be.'
Mike Cherry, Small Talk: Take a look in any estate agent’s window, or read online, and you’ll spot rent rises and price hikes.
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Jim Armitage: There's little doubt – life is going to get harder
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Balfour's turnaround is under way, writes Jim Armitage
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Today has been dubbed Super Thursday, because there is a wodge of new information coming out of the Bank of England about the economy and interest rate policy. But how super will it be for the financial markets? Hamish McRae reports
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Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
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Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

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Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

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Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

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Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
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Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

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