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New Archbishop of Canterbury to retain banking inquiry role

The new Archbishop of Canterbury will continue to apply the expertise he has acquired from his two careers to the overhaul of banking standards, it was confirmed today.

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Germany’s business managers are among the most highly educated in the world, yet the MBA has been slow to gain popularity in the country

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Seemingly endless German demands scuppered deal to secure British jobs

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FTSE 100 company Pearson becomes first to offer its own degrees

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There are many in Jamaica who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE - Jamaica's first Olympic gold medallist

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You may think Usain Bolt is the best thing to come out of Jamaica since rum and reggae, but there are many in his homeland who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE.

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Record sales of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James have inflicted spectacular pain at rival book publisher Penguin.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw opposes radical reform

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Digg’s founder, Kevin Rose (right) sales his social-news site after it was overtaken by rival Reddit

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Adele was named songwriter of the year and said she had her critics to thank

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Spin sheds light on mining industry in Congo

The cosy world of the natural resources industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo was hinted at yesterday as it emerged that a spin doctor for Dan Gertler, a major investor in the industry, had a hand in delivering a communication about an apparent U-turn by the government that benefited his client.

Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

Let the divorce row begin... Tom Cruise tops Hollywood's rich list with $75m

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