Arts and Entertainment Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone attend the 'Grudge Match' Rome Premiere

The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads

David Prosser: Scrapping the PBR now suits everyone, including George Osborne

Outlook: For a Chancellor keen to impose the hair shirt, it will be useful not to have to revise worrying public finance forecasts in the light of better

Further fall in new car sales

New car sales dipped again last month and are set to continue to fall for the rest of the year, it was announced today.

China cheers markets with promise of growth

Upbeat economic data from China and India have helped to support stock markets and the price of copper, and calmed fears of a global "double dip" recession.

Investment Column: Mouchel is a haven from the spending cuts

Hargreaves Lansdown; Vertu Motors

Bradford braced for arrival of the EDL

Nine years ago it was the National Front marching.

'Bitter blow' as ferry firm ends Dover passenger service

A ferry firm is to end its Dover to Boulogne passenger service from next month, it was announced today, dealing a "bitter blow" to the industry.

Number of car buyers at three-year high

Consumers are getting more confident about committing to car-buying, according to a survey today.

Lookers results motor ahead

A surge in demand for spare parts increased profits at the car dealership Lookers by 29 per cent to a record £22.7m in the first half.

Beachy Head woman remanded over husband's murder

A woman appeared in court today accused of murdering her estranged husband.

The Week Ahead: Michael Page figures to reveal state of job market

The job market will be under the spotlight when the recruiter Michael Page International posts its half-yearly figures this morning.

Booming sales at Jaguar Land Rover boost Tata Motors profits

Booming global demand for British-made Jaguars and Land Rovers is helping push Indian owner Tata Motors back into profit.

Investment Column: Still awaiting dividend revival at DSG

Pendragon; YouGov

David Prosser: Opportunities online for rogue traders

Outlook The legal victory of Nighthawk Energy, the Alternative Investment Market-listed oil services company, over a pair of bulletin boards is a personal triumph for its chief executive, who has been concerned for some time about the anonymous – and damaging comments – people have been making online about his company. The wider question, however, is why he had to go to court in the first place.

Leading article: The Bank is right to do nothing now

We won't know how the members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank England voted yesterday until the minutes are published in a few weeks' time. But it is a fair bet that they were deeply divided over whether to start raising interest rates or whether to hold them. And so they should have been. The issue of rates is one of the most fraught questions facing the economic authorities today, and the most uncertain.

Return of new car sales to the slow lane fuels fears of a double-dip recession

The UK car market declined in July for the first time in more than a year as fragile consumer confidence, concerns about a double-dip recession, and the end of the car scrappage scheme stymied growth in the industry.

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

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Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

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How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

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Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

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Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?