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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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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us