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Money: Plastic not fantastic

Don't let your flexible friends become enemies abroad, warns Paul Slade

Credit card giants are sued

VISA AND MasterCard's holdover the credit-card business was challenged by the US Justice Department yesterday. The case sets off a process that could end their dominance and open the world market to dozens of other companies, competing to offer different services and lower interest rates.

Cards get collectable

DO NOT chop up your credit card when it expires. You may be destroying a collector's item. Old credit cards are starting to appear on stalls at collectors' fairs, alongside the stamps, postcards and phonecards. There are also several US-based websites selling credit cards through online auctions.

Credit Cards: Trip the plastic fantastic

FROM THIS week Barclaycard has begun offering its cardholders savings on gas and electricity bills. It's the latest broadside in the credit card wars - the battle to get your custom.

Nikkei below 14,000 in year's worst fall

THE JAPANESE stock market yesterday suffered its largest single- day point fall this year, with the Nikkei 225 Index tumbling below the critical 14,000 level as new figures showed weaker-than expected economic growth.

Shopping: Get kitted out for class

The new school year is here, and for parents that means a whole new games ball, not to mention the Quicksilver backpack, the Gant pencil case and all the latest educational equipment.

The baby I could take, the MBA I cannot forgive

THE LIFE of Riley, you'd have said. Rich, posh Italian husband, elegant Paris apartment, new-ish baby daughter obviously destined to be a tremendous femme fatale, circle of interesting and well-to-do Eurochums, posh flat in Marble Arch, seat on the board, on it goes. Once a week, down to the Gare du Nord in the freshly washed Paris morning, Eurostar to London, transact business, catch up with other circle of slightly raffish, rackety London chums, then back to Paris the following day.

WPP broadens its horizons to grow

WPP, THE advertising group, is to set up divisions targeting the the financial services, high technology and entertainment sectors in an attempt to boost its long-term growth rate.

Ex-Blair aide in expenses fraud works for top lobbyist

A LOBBYIST who worked for Tony Blair during the general election campaign left a top job in government relations where he had been caught fiddling expenses and forging his boss's signature.

Books: The tour guide's defence

THE WORLD AND OTHER PLACES by Jeanette Winterson Cape pounds 14.99

Budget airlines eye up business travellers as fares go sky-high

FREQUENT flyers who thought the deregulation of European air routes completed last year would bring down fares have received a nasty surprise: even as low-cost carriers proliferate, the cost of full-fare business tickets is still rising.

Minister vows to shake up schools

SWEEPING CHANGES to the way schools are run will transform pupils' lives by the next century, the Government promised yesterday.

Hidden costs of plastic

WE ALL know the mantra: tickets, passport, money. These are the vital ingredients for a holiday abroad, and the banks, building societies and bureaux de change have been earning nicely from travellers' need for foreign money for many years.

Money: What is free cash worth?

Money-back offers are the latest credit card loyalty perk. Isabel Berwick asks if customers will notice the difference
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Harry Kane interview

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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