The Louis Vuitton store in Austria had its windows smashed by protesters last year

The curious case of the Ukrainian tycoon with Tory links that got shopped in Louis Vuitton

Dmitry Firtash splashed out in a luxury Vienna store one day and found himself under threat of US extradition. Yet now, reports Jim Armitage, the Ukranian tycoon, courted by Tory grandees, could be off the hook

A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donetsk

How much does it cost to insure against tragedy in the skies?

Last year was more expensive for air disasters than any year since 2001. Jamie Dunkley examines the cost to the underwriters of aviation risk

Princess Anne talks to Anthony Constantinou at the London Boat Show

Fraud police investigates son of the tycoon killed by a 'silver bullet'

Anthony Constantinou’s infancy was shattered by tragedy, but he went on to build a multimillion-pound City of London  business. Yet now the shadow of the law hangs over the boss of Capital World Markets, reports Jim Armitage

Small businesses are on the up in Africa

The leaders turning Africa into the bright continent

For all the reports of war and famine, Africa is booming. Jim Armitage speaks to some of its CEOs at their annual get-together in Geneva

Spring breakers enjoy a pool party – but some fear that university debt will soon cripple the US economy

Students get the party started but this is no American Dream

The cost of going to college has fuelled a $1.3trn debt bubble that some experts fear could burst just like the subprime mortgage one did. Andrew Dewson reports on how a degree may no longer be the route to an affluent lifestyle in the US

People queue at a currency exchange office in Geneva on 15 January, after the shock move by Switzerland’s central bank

How could a teacher on £18,000pa lose £280,000 spread betting?

The spread-betting giant IG has admitted that it may never claw back most of the £18m lost by its clients after the Swiss scrapped their currency ceiling – and now its credit controls are under scrutiny. Russell Lynch investigates

George Osborne's plan to rejuvenate the North of England centres on Manchester

Northern Powerhouse scheme: Does England really need a second London?

Despite the Tories' plans to create one. Marina Lewycka explains why she's sceptical

Katherine Garrett-Cox is one of the most famous British female financiers, earning herself the nickname “Katherine the Great”

Katherine the Great vs the activist investors

Elliott Advisors is gunning for Alliance Trust: yesterday the New York hedge fund unveiled its plans to shake up the UK savings and investment company. Jamie Dunkley and Nick Goodway assess the battle of the boardroom

The Week Ahead: Chancellor to set out stall for the election

The Chancellor will set out his stall for the election this week, with key labour market and public borrowing data also due.

Fields of dreams: the Grangemouth refining and petrochemical complex in Scotland, which Ineos hopes to power one day through shale energy extracted from under the neighbouring land

The leader of the frack takes a leap in the dark

Ineos made a statement of intent this week by striking the biggest deal yet seen in Britain to drill for shale gas. But there are doubts whether it will ever be viable or if environmentalists will ever be placated

David Potts will replace former boss Dalton Philips, who was sacked last month

David Potts: There's trouble in store for the new boss of Morrisons

He starts as chief executive of the supermarket group on Monday, and his daunting 'to do' list is one of the longest in the world of retail

Hostage to fortune? George Osborne gives the Mais lecture at the Cass Business School, February 2010

George Osborne: has he reached his own targets?

In 2010, the then shadow Chancellor, delivered the Mais lecture and listed eight 'benchmarks' against which he expected a Conservative government to be judged. Ben Chu adds up his successes - and failures

Feasting with panthers: Keynes

John Maynard Keynes: New biography reveals shocking details about the economist's sex life

Sean O'Grady isn't surprised that his bedroom antics were as interesting as his theories
Ed Davey is proud of what he has achieved in the role over the past three years

Ed Davey: 'The best remedy could be to break up the big energy firms'

Ahead of a major report on the industry, the Energy Secretary talks to Simon Read about what needs to be done to help consumers get better deals (and whether it will still be any of his business after the election)

Rytis Vitkauskas in YPlan’s offices, one of ‘20 cool start-ups in the surrounding mile’

Rytis Vitkauskas interview: ‘We sat there one night thinking: let’s go out and do something fun’ - the start of YPlan

YPlan has been downloaded 1.5 million times since Rytis Vitkauskas and his partner launched the event booking app two years ago. James Ashton talks to the 30-year-old entrepreneur, who set up his first company when he was aged just 14

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice should give John Malone’s $55bn (£37bn) bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC) the green light
US Outlook from Andrew Dewson
Ben Chu reflects on moves for a Northern Powerhouse
The trustees of the Lehman Brothers estate say that Jonathan Hoffman is trying to get paid twice

Ben Chu reports on the case that has lifted the lid on investment bankers' astronomical rewards

‘Pragmatic’ reforms may not be enough for the tax campaigners who protested outside Barclays’ AGM
Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
Tesco has been audited by PwC since 1983
James Moore: Change the incentives and you change the behaviour – that’s the theory
Athens is attempting to negotiate a better deal with its creditor nations in the European Union
Hamish McRae thinks that there will be a deal that enables the government to continue functioning in response for concessions that it can argue are just about within its red lines
There are good reasons to think it will be a temporary bout, but we are not home and dry yet, says Ben Chu
Nothing Thomas Cook could ever do would bring back the two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning on a Greek holiday in 2006. But the firm’s handling of the case has been a lesson in how not to manage a crisis. Joanna Bourke reports
Research showed that one individual lost more than £13,000 in a gambling session lasting more than seven hours
Having meandered rather aimlessly for a couple of years, the awkwardly named suddenly finds itself cast in the role of Portia in The Merchant of Venice, beset by suitors on all sides, says James Moore
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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
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