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InBev buys Anheuser for £26bn

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The Docklow summer fete in aid of the perennially needy church roof takes place in our garden on Saturday afternoon, and although there are a few signs along the A44 publicising this seismic event in Docklow's social calendar, a plug in a national newspaper can't do any harm, and might even help us – though I don't expect anyone will come from Camden Town or even Leamington Spa – to steal a lead over some of the other village fetes, fairs, fayres, shows, galas, fun days, point-to-points, steam engine rallies or whatever else is taking place in north Herefordshire this weekend.

InBev turns hostile in demand to remove Anheuser-Busch board

InBev has turned up the heat in its $46bn (£23bn) takeover bid on Budweiser's owner Anheuser-Busch, calling for the target's entire board to be ousted in its first direct appeal to shareholders.

Fears Buffett is backing Inbev bid for Budweiser has St Louis up in arms

People in St Louis, Missouri, the historic home of Budweiser beer and its maker, Anheuser-Busch, reacted angrily to reports that Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, is preparing to endorse the sale of the company to Belgian brewer InBev.

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The stock market may like the idea of InBev's bid for Budweiser, but St Louis locals, and the family that owns the iconic beer, are appalled. By Stephen Foley

David Prosser's Outlook: Getting drunk on merger gossip

Don't pay too much attention to the reports yesterday that SABMiller and InBev have held preliminary discussions about a merger in the event of the Belgian group's ambitions of buying up Anheuser Busch coming to nothing. InBev might like the idea of spooking Anheuser with talk of a deal to leave the Budweiser owner out in the cold, but I'm told there have been no substantive conversations with SAB.

Reuters moves to cut its pension deficit

The news and information group Reuters became the latest large company to commit to wiping out its domestic pension deficit yesterday, pledging to pay £230m into its two UK schemes over the next two years.

Table Tennis: A televised apology and seven days in the fields... the price of sporting failure in China

The wild man of Chinese table tennis is likely to clean up his act after being punished for kicking a chair. Mike Rowbottom reports

The Investment Column: Hilton's a hold despite betting woes

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Basketball: Dunning in charge following rookie's dismissal

CHARLES LUKE-BANNERMAN of the Brighton Bears yesterday became the third Budweiser League coach to be dismissed this season, when a run of four defeats culminating in a 93-58 collapse at Chester Jets on Sunday proved too much for the club's directors.

Basketball: Angola humble England

THE FAMILIAR story of an under strength, under prepared England team had a familiar ending last night when they were trounced 84-64 by Olympic qualifiers Angola, in the opening game of the RTP tournament in Cacem do Santiago, Portugal.
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