James Moore: Man who holds the remuneration purse strings must be next for the axe at Aviva

Outlook Last week, Andrew Moss was giving up his pay rise. This week it's his job. The so-called "Shareholder Spring" has claimed its first scalp. Scalp, perhaps, but Mr Moss is no victim. Aviva's now former chief executive will depart with a severance package of £1.75m despite having presided over a share price fall of around 60 per cent.

Man dressed as mother in scam

A New Yorker who dressed as his dead mother as part of a property scam – using lipstick, manicured nails and even an oxygen tank at a meeting – has been convicted of fraud and faces up to 83 years in jail.

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A bank worker today admitted stealing £80,000 while working for Indian firm ICICI.

John Edwards 'gave funding to aide'

A former aide to the erstwhile US senator John Edwards has admitted taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from his boss's campaign donors and using it to build a dream house.

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The chairman of Barclays apologised to shareholders today as he moved to head off a showdown over the pay of chief executive Bob Diamond.

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Former Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett could pick up the prestigious literary prize for a second time after she was nominated again 10 years after she first won.

Ex-miners' leader Neil Greatrex found guilty of theft

A former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers was found guilty today of stealing thousands of pounds from a miners' care home charity.

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A commissioned officer learnt by chance that someone working in the Ministry of Defence had discharged him from the Army when he was 3,500 miles from home, on the front line, in Afghanistan.

Profit boost sees Ted Baker boss go up the aisle in style

Ray Kelvin, founder of the fashion chain Ted Baker, is marrying his long-term girlfriend Clare this weekend and is almost more excited about that than the company's 12 per cent rise in profits last year. "I'm really excited," he exclaimed. "I've lost a lot of weight because she said I had to. And the business is going brilliant."

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Liverpool insist any naming rights deal would only come into effect if the club were to switch stadiums.

No simple stadium decision for Liverpool admits Ian Ayre

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre admits the club have to be responsible in their financial approach to solving stadium issues.

How I was taken in by 'Britain's Madoff'

The mastermind in Britain's biggest Ponzi fraud lived like a playboy until his scheme collapsed, leaving a trail of broken lives. Cahal Milmo spoke to one of his victims

Mark Allen sealed his first ranking title with a victory over Stephen Lee

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Northern Ireland's Mark Allen sealed his first ranking title with a commanding 10-1 victory over Stephen Lee at the World Open final in China yesterday.

Snooker: Ding in pursuit of his fifth title

Ding Junhui took a 5-3 lead over Mark Selby in the afternoon session of the Welsh Open final in Newport yesterday.

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