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City hopes of an early a sell-off of the taxpayer’s stake in Royal Bank of Scotland were dealt a massive blow today as its finance director, Nathan Bostock, was poached by rival Santander UK.

Rose: Succession could have been handled better

Sir Stuart Rose admitted that the announcement that he was taking over as chief executive and chairman of M&S next month could have been handled better.

New chief did not take any banking exams

Ron Sandler, the man chosen by the Government to run Northern Rock, does not have any formal banking qualifications.

Court to rule if banks overcharged customers with 'punitive' fees

The long-awaited court case that will determine whether thousands of aggrieved bank customers can pursue overcharging claims against banks begins today.

Return to Somalia: The war on terror - a new front

Thirteen years ago, the US pulled out of the east African country after the bloody events that inspired 'Black Hawk Down'. Now it is back, supporting warlords in their battle with Islamist militants. Kim Sengupta reports from Merka

Lecturers given two-week ultimatum to settle dispute

Thousands of university students may be unable to graduate this summer unless their lecturers hand over the marks from their final exams within the next two weeks, university bosses warned yesterday.

Multiple births 'are biggest health risk in IVF treatment'

Women can be five times more likely to become pregnant depending on which fertility clinic they choose, figures show. More than half had a baby after treatment at some clinics compared with 10 per cent at others.

Dominic Lawson: Blair's government is suffering deathly decay. Just look at all those pallid faces...

Take Prescott - 'exhausted' does not do justice to the shattered expression in the old pugilist's face

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They don't know what they're doing. Tilly and the Wall's two female singers, and the tap-dancer they use in place of a drummer, can hardly hear themselves on stage, as faulty mics and monitors reduce the close harmonies and tap-beats to a semi-audible shambles. It says something for the indomitable, adolescent spirit of play that is the heart of their appeal that the crowd stick around for the ride, and are rewarded with a memorably shaky show.

Barratt detects housing recovery

Santander boss faces trial over &pound;111m 'parachute' payouts

Emilio Botin, the chairman of Santander Central Hispano which recently took over Abbey National, is to stand trial in Madrid this week over misappropriation charges.

Let the children play and profits may follow after

Child's Play

Economic guru Burns appointed to conduct FA review

Lord Burns, a diehard Queen's Park Rangers fan who influenced much of Margaret Thatcher's economic policy, has been appointed to conduct a structural review of the Football Association.

Shareholders barrack the Abbey board over Spanish takeover

The chairman of Abbey National, Lord Burns, almost lost control of his group's shareholders yesterday during a heated meeting that eventually approved the bank's £8.9bn takeover by Spain's largest bank Santander.

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