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London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.

The baby was reportedly born in a Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire on New Year's Day

Sports Direct baby: Police arrest woman on suspicion of wilful neglect

Staff reportedly called an ambulance after finding the baby in the ladies toilets of the retail warehouse

John Cridland looks to ‘working café’ culture in CBI’s new home

When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

Parisian glamour for the capital as Hermes announces new megastore in London

Luxury giant Hermes, known for its Birkin handbags and silk scarves, has announced plans to more than double the size of its flagship store to create a new mega boutique in the capital.

Home House to woo London's tech staff with Clerkenwell club

Private members’ club Home House is planning to open a second site in Clerkenwell in the hope of signing up a new group of young Londoners.

Power to the communities threatens solutions to housing crisis, warns Downing St adviser

Devolution could fuel nimbyism, says Lord Young

David Bowie in the video for 'Valentine's Day'

David Bowie returns with sedate video for new single 'Valentine's Day'

Legend takes a less controversial tone, after God-baiting video for 'The Next Day'

Open office: More room, less privacy

Open-plan offices affect employees' ability to concentrate, new study finds

Workers who spend a lot of time on tasks requiring focus find them difficult to complete when too close to colleagues

Yahoo wrong to recall staff to office, says Regus chief

Marissa Mayer, the chief executive of Yahoo, is "absolutely wrong" to tell her home workers to return to the office, according to Regus's chief executive Mark Dixon.

Police stand guard during last night's protests in Belfast

18 held after loyalist violence in Belfast

Eighteen people have been arrested after nine police officers were injured during the latest outburst of loyalist violence in Northern Ireland.

Police hunt for gang of ram-raiders who targeted cash machine

Police are on the hunt for a gang of ram-raiders after a stolen 4x4 smashed through a shop window in a quiet country town.

The 1960s Watergate building is in line for a total refurbishment

Rupert Cornwell: In 2012, Nixon would probably have got away with it

Out of America: Today is the 40th anniversary of Watergate. How would the US deal with the scandal now?

Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden

Diary: Disloyal subjects rail against Baron High-Speed of Camden

The Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden, was a Secretary of State for Transport who loved trains. He spent five days touring the country by train soon after his appointment. And he left behind a £33bn plan for a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham, which survived the transition from a Labour to a Coalition government.

Scrap metal row murder pair jailed

Two men were jailed for life today for killing an unemployed plumber who was beaten to death after cashing in stolen scrap metal for £105.

Candy brothers develop an appetite for Sugar Quay in swoop on City

The Candy brothers, the developers behind London's One Hyde Park flats for the super-rich, have turned their attentions to the City after swooping to buy the Sugar Quay site from administrators.

Canary Wharf spreads its wings to grow by a third

The landlord of Canary Wharf ushered in a new phase in the evolution of its sprawling estate today with a land deal which could eventually bring another 20,000 workers to London's Docklands.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness