Property developer Safi Qurashi was jailed in Dubai for writing three cheques that bounced

British property developer Safi Qurashi suffers setback as Dubai court refuses to quash cheque bouncing conviction

A British property developer suffered a bitter setback today after a court in Dubai refused to quash a final conviction for bouncing a cheque.

A view of the gates at Ibrox, the home of Rangers Football Club

Rangers press ahead with ticket sales despite continued SFA delay

Rangers fans were able to buy tickets for the Ramsdens Cup clash at Brechin this morning despite a continued delay in Scottish Football Association membership issues.

Property developer Safi Qurashi was jailed in Dubai for writing three cheques that bounced

Dubai’s most senior court quashes majority of British property developer's convictions

A British property developer broke down in tears today after Dubai’s most senior court quashed the majority of his convictions.

Firms abandon Olympics legal challenge

Scores of small businesses have withdrawn their legal challenge to the organisers of the Olympics over planned road closures and security restrictions which they claim will put hundreds of jobs at risk.

Marcel Siem, of Germany, appreciates a good shot on his way to victory

Marcel Siem holds off Francesco Molinari to win French Open

Marcel Siem of Germany won the French Open by a stroke from Francesco Molinari of Italy yesterday, after shooting a four-under 67.

The MOD70 trimarans make their international debut in the Krys Ocean Race from New York to Brest, starting this weekend

New York hosts classy debut

It will take something to grab the attention of New York in the week of the 4 of July, but five 70-foot trimarans set off from Newport, Rhode Island to pass the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French, up the Hudson River and to North Cove Marina 130 miles away on Monday.

Heather Watson puts on a true Brit show on Centre Court

The green pastures of SW19 are not usually the place to find solace when, every two years, England's footballers tumble out of a tournament and the nation's sporting spotlight turns on tennis. Andy Murray aside – and he is, of course Scottish – Britain's tennis players usually make the footballers look good. Yesterday was different.

Hunger strike Briton Peter Margetts 'suffers stroke' in Dubai prison

A British businessman on hunger strike in a Dubai prison where he is serving a 23-year sentence for allowing cheques to bounce is reported to have suffered a stroke.

Carol Hawkins arrives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday where it was heard she worked for Adam Clayton for 16 years

Trusted assistant Carol Hawkins 'slowly stole £2.3m' from U2 bassist Adam Clayton

PA to Adam Clayton is accused of taking 181 cheques from two accounts over four years

U2 bassist's assistant 'stole €2.8m'

A former personal assistant of U2's Adam Clayton earned his trust before being promoted to the role and embezzling €2.8 million of his funds, a court heard today.

Natalie Haynes: Did we pick the best book for the Orange Prize? That's not the point

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Telephone bank card scam on rise

A telephone scam in which victims are duped into allowing their bank cards to be sent by courier directly to conmen has seen a sharp rise.

Outdated financial laws are a worry for foreign investors in Dubai

High-flyers turn hunger strikers after Dubai desert dream ends in jail

Twenty expats adopt tactics of political radicals to protest at unjust law

Protesters in Valencia hold giant pencils and a banner protesting against Spain’s education cuts, during a
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'Vulture funds' circle as Greece fears grow

As Greeks rush to withdraw savings, bailout fund pays US tax exile €400m

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