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JPMorgan chief says virtual currency faces major regulatory hurdles

Son of fraudster Bernie Madoff is found hanged

Body discovered in Manhattan flat days after he and his brother were sued by trustee investors

Bank pays $500m to Madoff trustee

A private Swiss bank has agreed to pay up to $500m (£316m) to investors defrauded by Bernie Madoff.

Letters: University funding

Steve Richards is right ("Only Tories win from the student saga", 7 December). The policy argument over university funding has not been won – or even properly aired.

James Moore: The self-styled 'world's local bank' takes a nasty hit

HSBC is an institution that jealously guards its corporate reputation. That reputation took a nasty hit yesterday. The self-styled "World's Local Bank" likes to portray itself as the trusted partner whose global reach can get the best for its clients. A rather different picture is painted by Irving Picard, the trustee handling the liquidation of Bernie Madoff's fraudulent empire.

HSBC 'took kickbacks to keep Madoff in business'

Bernie Madoff was able to con thousands of extra investors by using a British bank which "looked the other way" and ignored repeated warnings that he was engaged in a sophisticated fraud, according to the man charged with recovering their losses.

HSBC to defend Madoff claims 'vigorously'

British banking giant HSBC tonight said it would "vigorously" defend itself against "unfounded" claims made by the lawyer in charge of recovering losses for victims of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff

Administrator sues UBS for $2bn over Madoff scheme

The trustee seeking to recover money for Bernard Madoff investors has sued UBS for $2bn (£1.3bn), accusing the Swiss bank of collaborating in the massive Ponzi scheme.

Madoff pair 'cashed in on Ponzi scam'

Two long-time back-office employees of Bernard Madoff were arrested yesterday on charges that they had helped the disgraced financier dupe investors for decades by making fictitious investments – and that they had cashed in on the epic Ponzi scheme themselves.

For sale: Madoff's intimate treasures

So arch-fraudster Bernard Madoff had a copy of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. The notorious perpetrator of history's largest pyramid scheme had Al Franken's book on his shelf when the FBI finally closed in. He had numerous other appropriate volumes, with titles such as Chutzpah, In the Shadow of the Law, and End in Tears.

The business on: Irving Picard, Trustee, Bernard Madoff Investment Securities

The man they call 'The Liquidator'?

Screen Talk: No laughing matter

Citizens of the United States are vociferous about the right to freedom of speech, especially when it comes to entertainment. And especially when it allows said citizens to vent and vent and vent.

Steve Lazarides: Tunnel visions

The man who made Banksy a household name has created a nether world in the subterranean maze beneath Waterloo station. Alice Jones takes a first look

Alexander Lebedev: I have fought for years to bring Luzhkov's corruption to light

I have a long history with Yuri Luzhkov. I ran against him for the job of Moscow Mayor in 2003, shortly before elections for regional leaders in Russia were abolished. I have spent the years since attempting to bring evidence of the corruption and abuses of power that took place under Mr Luzhkov's rule to light.

Backlash begins as BP attempts to spread blame for rig explosion

Contractors lash out at 'self-serving' and 'inaccurate' report on causes of oil spill
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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