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.

US merger would create world's biggest airline

A merger of American Airlines and US Airways to create the world's largest carrier is in prospect as the two sides work on the final details.

Wan in a million: Victor Wanyama shows off the skills that have been attracting plenty of attention from Premier League clubs this season

Victor Wanyama: A force to be reckoned with

Celtic midfielder has been outstanding and will be key to their hopes of beating Juventus

Consumer rights: Think before firing off a social media complaint

Reputation managers are protecting firms who are unfairly reviewed, so if you feel badly treated give companies a chance to put things right

Rebecca Tyrrel: Any hopes Jim Davidson has of reviving his career look illogical (captain)

Who knew that when Trekkie Jim Davidson learnt of Patrick Stewart's support for the Labour Party, he wept? He sobbed his heart out because Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation is a leftie or "do-goody, leftie, white, socialist hybrid", as Davidson prefers to call all Labour voters.

'France is totally bankrupt': French jobs minister Michel Sapin embarrasses Francois Hollande with shocking statement on state of the country's economy

Unexpected news came during a radio interview yesterday and calls into further question Hollande's controversial 'tax and spend' policies

Clubs warned over 'financial abyss' of debt crisis

The former England coach Tony Smith has welcomed a damning report that claims Super League clubs are on the edge of "a financial abyss".

It shouldn't happen to a motoring journalist (but it did)

You have to feel for him. Mark Hales had a fantastic job. He was a racing driver and journalist who travelled the world writing about his high-octane exploits for glossy car magazines. He was among the most trusted names in the classic-car world, then in 2009 he borrowed a classic Porsche 917 from ex-Formula One racing driver David Piper for a story, and it all went wrong.

High street failures are a personal history of loss

These extinctions provide us with a useful, if unsettling, lesson

Court hears property tycoon Scot Young gave High Court the 'run-around', as wife Michelle urges for him to be jailed

A property developer embroiled in a cash fight with his estranged wife had given the High Court the “run-around” and should be jailed for being in contempt, a judge was told today.

Kerry Katona slammed for payday loan firm ad

Reality TV star and former bankrupt Kerry Katona this week became the first celebrity to accept money to promote expensive payday lenders.

Derek Pain: Animalcare can reign with cats and dogs

No Pain, No Gain
New year street party celebrations in Edinburgh

Face it, you're not going to keep your resolutions

How brave do you feel on the first day of 2013? Pumped for the gym, and that other series of life-changing resolutions? If not, there's no point fretting, says Jezebel: the main reason we fail to meet the goals we set on New Year's is that they're universally overambitious. Time to aim lower folks.

The Duke of York's ex-girlfriend Koo Stark appeared in court today to deny stealing a painting worth £40,000 from a former partner

Koo Stark denies stealing painting

The Duke of York's ex-girlfriend Koo Stark appeared in court today to deny stealing a painting worth £40,000 from a former partner.

'Zombies' are putting the bite on profits at Begbies Traynor

The phenomenon of "zombie" companies staggering on with the help of low interest rates but unable to pay off debts rocked the insolvency practitioner Begbies Traynor today.

Pressure rises on banks over interest rate swaps

Small businesses paying huge fees from interest rate swaps to their banks are set to meet the Financial Services Authority this week to call for a quicker and more transparent process.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker