News TÜV could be liable to eventual damages of over €6bn

A legal ruling made in France today has opened the way to millions of euros in compensation for British and other women who were fitted with defective French-made breast implants.

Crews clean up a chemical spill along the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia

Company blamed for West Virginia chemical spill files for bankruptcy amid court claims

Freedom Industries facing lawsuits and investigations after spill that left 300,000 without water

No really, happiness is a nearby park

Green spaces offer urban dwellers well-being that lasts longer than a lottery win

Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP which opponents say has suffered a split

'Free from financial worries': BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt

News means he was having 'a good day'

As if working for a far right political party wasn’t tough enough, head press officer Simon Darby thought he’d make his life just that little bit more difficult when tackling the difficult to defend news that its leader, Nick Griffin, had been declared bankrupt

‘Nick Griffin might be bankrupt, but at least he’s not Michael Schumacher,’ says BNP head of press, Simon Darby

As if working for a far right political party wasn't tough enough, head press officer Simon Darby thought he'd make his life a bit more difficult

BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt: Where has all his money gone?

Surely a man on a near £1m income over five years, law degree from Cambridge and ambitions to manage the economy, should not have lost control of his purse strings?

The Gem of Tanzania, which is now thought to be a forgery

Crossing the ruby con: Failing firm valued £8,000 gem at £11m

Two company directors have been disqualified from business after using a falsely valued ruby to inflate their failing company’s accounts.

Getting Rich in the Recession: TV review - Channel 4 is going to have to go further up the food chain to nail the real villains

Back in the early days of reality television, Steve Elwis might have made a breakout star. He's got the loud shirts, the ready-made catchphrases and the mildly offensive views.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, ski jumper

Page 3 Profile: Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, ski jumper

And the award for the biggest loser in sport goes to…

Royal Bank of Scotland’s controversial Global Restructuring Group demanded that companies falling within its remit stopped paying tax

RBS told customers to stop paying tax

RBS’s effect on firms ‘made me sick’, says Lawrence Tomlinson in report to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

Scot Young and Michelle Young. Mrs Young claims her ex-husband hwas 'worth billions'

'Only £20m - that's disgraceful': Tycoon Scot Young's wife reacts furiously to divorce ruling - and vows to fight for more

Judge rules that businessman at centre of UK’s longest-running divorce battle hid £40m fortune from the courts

Market Report: Ultra Electronics hit as defence cuts begin

Shares in the anti-submarine warfare specialist Ultra Electronics dived yesterday as US defence cuts began to hurt. But Ultra is in good company – its warning on delayed US deals follows similar alerts from peers Cobham and Meggitt.

America’s rise and fall: Occupy Wall Street protesers march through New York City in 2011

Occupy Wall Street buys $15m of Americans' personal debt in Rolling Jubilee scheme

Individual debts collectively worth millions are abolished for just $400,000

Corruption at Detroit's City Hall: America's dirtiest mayor jailed for 28 years

Kwame Kilpatrick oversaw the downfall of the now-bankrupt city that was once the beating heart of US car production

Brooke Shields and tennis star Andre Agassi at the 1997 Golden Globe Awards

Brooke Shields opens up about her divorce from Andre Agassi

Brooke Shields unwittingly revealed shocking details about her divorce from Andre Agassi on the Today show.

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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