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JPMorgan chief says virtual currency faces major regulatory hurdles

In the Madoff mould?

The fraud trial begins on Monday of Allen Stanford, the billionaire who bankrolled English cricket.

With the detention of Michael Brown, pictured, Charles Kennedy will have more questions to answer

The life and devious times of Lib Dems' serial fraudster

After more than three years, life on the run comes to an end for party's biggest – and most criminal – donor

British banks hit by mortgage lawsuits from US regulator

Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC were among 17 giant banks sued last night by a US government agency, seeking billions of dollars in compensation over their packaging and selling of mortgage bonds in the run-up to the credit crisis.

Einhorn pulls out of New York Mets deal

Talks have collapsed on a proposed $200m (£123m) investment in the New York Mets from the hedge fund manager David Einhorn.

German Ponzi man jailed after ripping off Barclays

Germany's version of Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded Barclays and other investors out of €345m (£304m).

Business Diary: No slacking off early for Osborne

Can you get from Westminster to Wimbledon in 15 minutes? No, nor can George Osborne, which is why it was so generous of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to stick around for Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.

Darius Guppy: Growth - it ain't happening

For reasons I will outline below, the measures which have been advanced to deal with the current financial meltdown, measures that include swathing cuts in public services on the part of our Government, and Basel 3 on the part of the international banking community, are bound to fail.

HSBC pays $62.5m to end Madoff case

HSBC is paying $62.5m (£38m) to settle legal claims from investors who lost money in Bernard Madoff's record-breaking pyramid scheme.

Kevin Bacon doesn't understand 'evil' greed

Kevin Bacon doesn't understand why people want a lot of money.

City lawyer dismissed over £1m in wrongful expenses

A senior lawyer who in the past has worked on a dispute between BP and the Alfa Access Renova shareholders in its TNK-BP venture has been dismissed from the partnership at a leading City firm after wrongly making over £1m in expenses claims.

Madoff wine sale to raise funds for victims

His monogrammed underpants have already been put on the market, and now it's the turn of Bernard Madoff's extensive wine cellar.

Royal romance immortalised in screen cheese

Prince William's wedding provides fodder for a bizarre sub-section of the film industry

Madoff reveals his suffering: I'm in therapy

In his first extensive interview since being jailed in 2008, the disgraced former financier Bernie Madoff has revealed he is receiving weekly therapy sessions.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore