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.

Another US city goes bankrupt as Stockton faces huge debts

Stockton is to become the largest US city to file for bankruptcy, the seventh American municipality to do so this year.

Asil Nadir denies stealing £150m from Polly Peck business empire

Former fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir denied today that he stole £150 million from his business empire.

Bradford Bulls

Bradford Bulls go into administration

Bradford Bulls have gone into administration and have just 10 days to avoid being liquidated, it was announced this morning.

James Moore: Farepak ruined Christmas but there's cheer for its bosses

The Farepak savers' vain battle for justice goes on as the stench from this appalling affair lingers

Taxpayers may have to foot bill for Farepak collapse

Taxpayers may have to foot millions of pounds in legal bills following the abandonment of a Government bid to penalise directors of a Christmas hamper business which collapsed six years ago leaving tens of thousands of savers out of pocket, a businessman involved said today. 

Crooks targeting the old in £28m scam

Elderly are being flogged worthless wine and coins, and tempted into dodgy property land-bank deals

Warning on financial scams targeting the elderly

Older people are being warned not to fall prey to bogus retail and investment schemes, after 78 rogue companies raking in more than £28 million from people were shut down in the last three years alone.

Westlife's Shane Filan declared bankrupt

Westlife star Shane Filan has been declared bankrupt just days before the hugely successful Irish group play their farewell show.

Dewey & LeBoeuf goes bust with debts of $245m

The clients and partners of Dewey & LeBoeuf were last night picking up the pieces after the biggest-ever failure of an international law firm, in a tale of how oversize ambition and lashings of debt can destroy even a storied legal giant.

Debt-ridden law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf goes under

The clients and partners of Dewey & LeBoeuf were last night picking up the pieces after the biggest-ever failure of an international law firm.

Axe likely for 850 jobs at refinery as rescue plan fails

Up to 850 jobs at the bankrupt Coryton oil refinery in Essex are likely to be lost after administrator PwC announced it has failed to secure a rescue deal – despite talking to more than 100 potential investors and purchasers of the operation.

A dimmer Detroit: Mayor prepares to switch off half of his city's streetlights in attempt to save money

The parades of broken streetlights in Detroit – darkened by blown bulbs or by thieves who have made off with the wiring – have long been a symbol of the once-great city's long decline. But as the home of Motown and the Mustang is forced to downsize, its leaders have a solution: eliminate almost half of them for good.

US buy speeds up Stagecoach

The bus and rail firm Stagecoach spent £85m on buying nine businesses from its struggling US rival Coach America yesterday in an opportunistic move to bolster its fast-growing North American business.

Fatal Shot: The murder of Spencer Perceval on 11 May 1812

Revealed, 200 years on: What really happened when the PM was shot

The shot that killed Spencer Perceval still echoes around the corridors of power

Bankruptcies rise by 5.5%

Personal insolvencies declined by 1.2% in the first three months of this year compared with the previous quarter, the Insolvency Service said today.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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