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The former owner of Portsmouth Football Club faces trial in Lithuania over a £400 million bank fraud after failing to convince a judge that he could be killed if he was extradited.

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Freight supremo Edward Stobart, who helped build up the Eddie Stobart haulage empire, has died, the company has confirmed.

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Private investigator cleared of murder was on Coulson pay-roll

A private investigator acquitted of one of Britain's longest unsolved murders had extensive links with corrupt police officers and was being paid thousands of pounds to supply information to the News of the World under the editorship of former Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson.

Drink, Shop & Do looks like someone's front-room but everything is for sale

In a light, high-ceilinged room, vintage floral teacups chink and cucumber finger sandwiches are being served. Although it spans several decades, the décor goes well with the jaunty Andrews Sisters soundtrack – there's a sun-coloured 1960s wooden dresser, kitsch ceramic swans clustered on its shelves, a fringed standard lamp, a 1950s blue sofa, a couple of well-loved velvet armchairs gathered around a teak coffee table – and underneath, a battered box of Scrabble.

Raoul Moat 'giggled after shooting Pc'

Shotgun killer Raoul Moat giggled after blasting unarmed Pc David Rathband during his bloody rampage, a court heard today.

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London Fashion Week, famed for its youthful talent, has launched the careers of everyone from Rifat Ozbek to John Galliano and from Hussein Chalayan to Alexander McQueen.

Lawmaker flees to US after threats

A wealthy lawmaker has fled with his family to the United States – saying he fears assassination – after accusing some of Russia's richest and most influential people of swindling him over a real-estate deal. In his absence, he has been charged with financial crimes.

Moat's boast in jail before gun rampage

Raoul Moat told a prison barber, "I'll be back inside by Friday, I've got a few arses to kick", shortly before his murder rampage, a court heard.

The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East, By Timur Kuran

Around 300 years ago, the bazaars of the Middle East were overflowing with luxury goods. The commercial centres of the region attracted all variety of fortune seekers, speaking numerous languages. There was nothing to indicate that the region would not continue to be economically prosperous. But then the trajectory changed. The Middle East nosedived into a downward spiral of underdevelopment. So what went wrong?

Case against fugitive billionaire dropped

Russian investigators have dropped charges against a former billionaire mobile phone magnate who has spent the past two years hiding in London.

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Actually, he's a builder by trade, rather than a trucker.

Paul Newman: City rack up losses hoping World Cup comes to Bristol

The Football League Column: The plan for Ashton Vale is to build a 30,000-capacity stadium which could be expanded to more than 40,000 for the World Cup

Joan Smith: We don't need an extra hour of darkness

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Halliburton linked to BP oil spill

Halliburton, a major contractor on BP's doomed Deepwater Horizon oil rig, where a fatal explosion led to the worst-ever offshore oil spill, knew that cement used in the project was unstable but went ahead anyway, a US presidential commission on the disaster has found. The report strengthened BP's case that it shares blame for the Gulf of Mexico disaster with its business partners, and shares in Halliburton fell 16 per cent after the findings.

Police question man over farmer's murder

A man was being questioned by police today on suspicion of murdering a farmer believed to have died in a botched robbery.

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