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Audiobook: The Truth, By Michael Palin (read by Alex Jennings)

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Direct Line, left, will hope its flotation will fair better than Facebook's

Investors' choice: New entrants or veterans?

Taking a punt on fresh listings, such as Direct Line, can be risky. Malcolm Wheatley reports

Editorial: The easy way for British Gas to avoid prices rises

Consumers are bound to suspect that the company is enriching itself at their expense

Invoke the Nazis and you’ve lost the argument

Lord Carey's reference to the Third Reich in the context of gay marriage was a fabulous example of Godwin's law

British Gas and Npower to raise prices fuelling fears of a 'long, cold winter' for more households

Both companies blamed rising costs largely outside their control

Set for price rise: British Gas

Millions face major jump in energy bills

Millions of families are facing another jump in household bills after it was reported that UK's largest energy supplier plans to hike its tariffs.

China set to take stake in UK nuclear plant

China is set to acquire a multibillion-pound shareholding in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Somerset from the French energy giant EDF.

Top award for academy that helps youngsters

An academy that trains thousands of underprivileged youngsters to work in restaurants and hotels has been crowned winner of an awards scheme that recognises the highest standards of social responsibility and employee engagement.

Five Questions About: British Gas profits

Presumably they've soared again?

Sam Laidlaw, the chief executive of Centrica

Prices went up by 15 per cent – now British Gas profits soar as well

Energy firm is making £1.9m a day while hard-pressed families face growing bills

Leading article: One easy way to refute accusations of profiteering

It is always the same. Consumer groups rail against high energy prices and excessive profits – in this case British Gas's cool £345m, up 23 per cent on last year. The company then defends itself with recourse to unseasonal weather, fluctuations in wholesale prices and the need for infrastructure investment.

Anger at British Gas's £350m profit

Consumer backlash expected following utility price hikes

Market Report: Political paralysis puts a drag on Drax

Punters in Drax will be forgiven for wishing politicians would just get their act together. The power station operator has been waiting on tenterhooks for the government to make a decision on green energy subsidies, seen as vital to its future plans and, according to some, its takeover potential.

Keri-Anne Payne all set for Olympics

London 2012 moved a step closer today for the 44 swimmers that will represent Great Britain as they arrived at the Olympic village for a brief stay before heading to their holding camp in Edinburgh in midweek.

Aegis sale could herald Bolloré acquisition spree

The Japanese advertising group Dentsu has splashed out £3.2bn to buy Aegis, fuelling speculation that the British group's top shareholder, the French mogul Vincent Bolloré, is about to go on an acquisition spree.

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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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