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Free-to-play titles MapleWorld and CombatArms will introduce the Gangnam Style star in new quests.

$1.42m gaming prize is largest ever in e-sports history

16 teams from 12 countries competed in Seattle for a shot at the prize

Cinven buys Host — and Montagu doubles up

Cinven, the buyout giant that owns restaurant chains Pizza Express, ASK, Zizzi and Byron, today bought internet domain business Host Europe from rival Montagu Private Equity for £438 million.

Current Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed could be about to sell the club

Mohamed Al Fayed could be about to sell Fulham according to reports

The 84-year-old has invested £200m during his 16-year reign as owner but he could be about to sell with rumours of an American takeover on the cards

Why the key to booking a holiday vehicle is to cut out the middle-man

Q. We need to rent a people-carrier for a holiday in Switzerland. I have found a company called Honk Car Rental which promises: "We're like those mystery deals you sometimes get for hotels, but instead for car rental." Being very cautious, I follow the maxim that anything that appears too good to be true, probably is. So before paying for a car, do you know anything about them? Peter Canton, by email

Labour peer Norman Warner: NHS on ‘borrowed time’

A Labour former Health minister has warned that the NHS “is living on borrowed time” and called for an end to its protected budget.

Sheffield Wednesday turns down payday lender as sponsorship deal

Championship football club Sheffield Wednesday has turned down a lucrative sponsorship deal from a payday lender.

Admiral turnover in a prang as cost of car insurance goes into reverse

Admiral's fortunes took a turn for the worse during the first quarter of the year as the cost of insuring cars finally began to fall.

Sports Direct employees hit jackpot again with £50,000 payout

Sports Direct is to hand its staff a payout worth more than £50,000 this summer after the sportswear giant met its profit targets under a lucrative share scheme.

Groupon's chief executive, Andrew Mason, and his wife, the musician Jenny Gillespie, on the day of Groupon's Nasdaq listing in New York

Andy Mason, the Groupon boss dubbed 'worst CEO of 2012', leaves company 'to spend time with family. Just kidding, I was fired'

Shares in the company jumped after the once-lauded Andrew Mason, who appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2011, announced his resignation

Martin Whitmarsh: ‘It’s tough. We have taken some measures’

McLaren team director Martin Whitmarsh: 'Red Bull are doing well but everyone else is suffering'

Red Bull are the only Formula One team prospering financially and seven of the other 10 are struggling  to the extent that they are in “survival” mode.

Ocado posts 11th consecutive annual loss but forecasts profit

The online grocer Ocado has mounted a vigorous defence of its business model after posting another loss for the 11th year running.

A view of Old Trafford

Manchester United defend sponsorship strategy

Premier League leaders have been criticised

Lloyds Banking Group’s decision to stop offering fee-charging packaged accounts should be followed by other banks

Julian Knight: Peer-to-peer lending is the future but users must take care

Not all lending platforms are the same: some are based on a risky premise

The scheme, being introduced across England in April 2015, is intended to help around 40,000 people each year who are forced to sell their homes to cover care costs

Care home companies could be forced to open books to prevent another 'Southern Cross' collapse

Care homes could be regulated to prevent a repeat of the Southern Cross crisis.

Alan Pardew has seen his side slump since signing a new deal

Alan Pardew counts the cost of rapid rise as Newcastle United falter

European burden and injuries have hit hard at St James' but manager's position remains secure

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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