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Figures undermine Osborne's claims that sale presented a profit for taxpayers

Revealed: Bank's £62bn bid to prevent meltdown

Loans were recovered by January and penalties paid; Collapse of banks would have caused panic

Lloyds reveals cash call details

Lloyds Banking Group today set out details of its £13.5bn UK record cash call to the bank's army of 2.8 million private shareholders.

Lloyds to rescue debt-laden Admiral

Admiral Taverns has confirmed that Lloyds Banking Group is working on a financial restructuring of the struggling pubs group that is thought to involve a £600m debt-for-equity swap.

Sean O'Grady: First the £1.2 trillion bailout. Now it's payback time

When was the last time a British bank offered you some exciting new product? Have a think.

Questions Of Cash: 'Your bank card may have been cloned'

Q. I attempted to use my Halifax cash card at Tooting rail station on 25 July and my card was swallowed. My bank told me there had been a £300 transaction, of which I had been unaware. I had my card cancelled immediately. The following week I found there had also been transactions of £306.57 and £55 from Argos in Richmond after my card had been swallowed. I gave a statement to the bank.

Lloyds axes jobs and estate agent before cash call

Bank continues to streamline operation

Fairfax boss steps back

Stefan Allesch-Taylor, one the Square Mile's best known financiers, is quitting his role as chief executive of Fairfax, the investment bank he founded just three years ago.

Homeowners set to sue banks over low interest loans

Homeowners with shared appreciation mortgages win Group Litigation Order

Simon Read: Expect poor service and sneaky tactics from the energy companies

The price war that erupted among the energy companies this week got me thinking about charges. While the price comparison sites and some money experts try to train us into believing that the cheapest is the best, the truth is often far from that. On the principle of "you-get-what-you-pay-for", buying bargains can be a false economy.

Banking complaints revealed

Financial firms have been named and shamed over consumer grievances. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Lloyds desperate to pull out of toxic-asset insurance plan

Bank in talks with Treasury over possible alternatives to state-backed protection

Whistleblower claims Halifax plans raft of closures

Hundreds of staff providing counter services for Halifax bank customers face an uncertain future after a whistleblower claimed its owners had a plan to close small branches and 300 counters in estate agencies, solicitor's practices and financial advisor's offices.

Developer's collapse threatens Irish bailout

UK banks including RBS and HBOS exposed to failed property empire

Bad debts at Lloyds soar but bank says worst is over

Half-year earnings plummet from £2.75bn profit to £4bn loss; Bank writes off £13bn in unpaid loans following HBoS merger

Econoblog: The banks are still broke

Lloyds Banking Group's write-offs are enormous, about 8 per cent of all their loans. Mostly, I think down to the recession and the old Bank of Scotland's drive into commercial lending, a little ill-judged as it turns out.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there