At the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was not cowed into meeting the demands of hedge funds

Crying for Argentina: It has defaulted on its debts again and bondholders could take it to the brink...

But investors are betting that a deal with the vultures will come. Ben Chu looks at the domestic and global implications

Lord Heseltine has been indelibly associated with the revival of Liverpool for four decades

Government making waves on the Mersey

Lord Heseltine is cautiously optimistic over the Coalition’s bid to put a regenerated Liverpool at the centre of its target to double exports to £1 trillion by 2020

Demonstrators carry placards as they gather for an anti-fracking protest in London last week

Up for shale: the auction that will open half the country to fracking

As developers get set to bid in the UK’s biggest sale of onshore gas licences, the commercial benefits of drilling remain far from clear

The Week Ahead: Banks, power giants, consumer goods groups and more jostle for attention

It’s a packed week for corporate news, with banks, power giants, consumer goods groups and more jostling for attention.

What the Sunday papers said

Independent on Sunday: CardOne’s current account offer criticised

CardOne Banking offers current accounts with no liability for unauthorised overdraft fees. However, critics suggest the account’s £12.50 a month fees are hefty for a service aimed at those with financial problems in the past. The company has no banking licence despite its name

Burberry is opening new stores in San Francisco and Los Angeles this autumn

British fashion goes where food failed in America

From discount to luxury, UK brands are vying to conquer the States. Laura Chesters asks if they can succeed in a graveyard for our retailers

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is obsessed by sales

Why Amazon investors may be feeling a little confused

As its new Fire smartphone makes its debut, it is sometimes hard to keep track of what Amazon does. And that's not always a good sign.

Bill Ackman learns costly lesson over Herbalife – keep it simple for fickle investors of Wall Street

Global outlook: As Herbalife strenuously denied the allegations of billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman that the company is a pyramid scheme and an “incredible fraud”, the nutritional products company called Mr Ackman “the worst of Wall Street” and said that the facts were on their side.

A brand new prescription: ‘Only using healthy mice and rats to find cures for ill humans is old-fashioned,” says George Freeman

George Freeman: Just the man for a matter of life and death

The UK’s first-ever minister for life sciences tells Margareta Pagano about his new role at the departments of business and health, transforming how the UK develops and finances medicine

There may be trouble ahead … David Levy has very rarely been wrong in his forecasts

Doom and gloom: 2015 global recession warning from financial seers of the century

David Levy’s family has correctly called every major financial event in the US for decades. Now he’s warning of a global recession next year. Bernard Condon investigates

It was Paul Fisher’s job to oversee and implement quantitative easing

Paul Fisher: ‘The Bank delivered the recovery’

Paul Fisher has left the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee after five years. He tells Ben Chu what Threadneedle Street got right and why the Bank behaved properly over forex

A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi

The story of Karl Albrecht, the man who destroyed Tesco

The retailer is on its knees, thanks to a German war veteran who turned the family grocers into the Aldi chain

Has Sir Terry’s poison chalice been handed on once again?

Some feel that Philip Clarke didn’t get enough of a chance to prove himself

Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book

Business Adventures by John Brookes: A Bible for billionaires

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are big fans of an out of print 1960s business book. Seth Stevenson thinks he knows why

Business Adventures by John Brookes: A Bible for billionaires

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are big fans of an out of print 1960s business book. Seth Stevenson thinks he knows why
News
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
News
Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m
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Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here, says Oscar Williams-Grut
News
We are not facing anything like as grave a crisis as we have twice in the past decade, says Hamish McRae
News
The rouble staged a brief recovery yesterday before resuming its slide
A massive central bank interest rate hike failed to support the rouble. This crisis is slipping out of Moscow’s control, says Ben Chu
Voices
Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office
BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable, writes Hamish McRae
News
Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
News
The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone
Uber facing down the cabbies by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes, says Oscar Williams-Grut
News
VIDEO City analysts sound the alarm over the upcoming Premier League rights auction as shares in TV giant slide
News
Self-employment is particularly important in construction
Self-employment conveys considerable risks: many lose their jobs, their houses, and even their marriages, writes David Blanchflower
News
Mark Carney inside the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street, London
The charismatic Canadian is now 18 months into his stint as Governor of the Bank of England. So how does he think he’s doing? James Ashton catches up with Carney
News
Gucci’s spring/summer 2015 collection was launched in Milan in September
The power couple who ran Gucci have gone, and in comes an insider charged with making the designer label even more exclusive says Laura Chesters
News
The final curtain is calling for theatrical performances on tax avoidance. Now it’s time to see if big accountants, clever multinationals and Britain’s blue chips can adapt to the emerging tax system, says Mark Leftly
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The Ferrari factory in Maranello churns out cars whose high-end credentials could be diluted by the diversification championed by chairman Sergio Marchionne
As the Italian marque prepares to float, it is also ‘fleeing to London’ and putting its famous badge on products such as netbooks. Sean O’Grady asks if it risks losing its cachet
News
Retail billionaire has confounded many in the square mile with his leftfield moves and kept the entire retail sector guessing hinting at new shares bets
News
Twitter could be used to improve public services, just as it does private
More than 300 million people around the world reckoned to be using photo app
News
At the moment that possibilityof default is discounted by the markets, but if it were to occur, the plight of Greece would become an issue for Europe as a whole.
News
Alan Rusbridger is to let a ‘younger pair of hands take over the reins’
Under Alan Rusbridger, the loss-making paper spent fortunes on the web and won a Pulitzer. After 20 years, he is stepping down.
News
The FCA has imposed £1.1bn in fines on five banks over forex trading practices
Video: The Independent's Jim Armitage takes a closer look at damning report criticising the FCA's for botched report which ended up costing some of the country's biggest insurers billions of pounds
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Twitter could be used to improve public services, just as it does private
The pressure will be on the next government to use this extraordinarily powerful tool, says Hamish McRae
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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