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Fiona Bruce said the owner has 'bagged themselves the bargain of the century'

Kheraj returns to Barclays

Naguib Kheraj, the City veteran who quit Lazard recently after just six weeks heading its international business, is returning to Barclays as a strategic adviser. Mr Kheraj, who was finance director at Barclays until 2007, will rejoin with a mandate to advise the chief executive, Bob Diamond "on a range of commercial and policy issues". He will spend about 30 per cent of his time on the role, but will still dedicate most of his time to his charitable work.

The Sun Also Rises, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

You could probably read the entire novel in the time it takes for New York's Elevator Repair Service to present Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the opening theatre show in the Edinburgh International Festival. Some of the episodes from the story – laconically narrated from within the action by the journalist Jake Barnes (Mike Iveson) – could easily have been cut. But in searching out "the play within the story" – as the director John Collins describes the process involved in devising this version – the company has made a brilliantly inventive marriage between words, music and an array of sound effects, and also between sharp characterisation, movement and choreography.

Jaeger looks to international expansion

Jaeger said it wanted to increase its international footprint yesterday as it reported a 16 per cent rise in annual earnings.

I'm an international footballer... Get me out of here!

The biggest pieces of transfer-related bleating that you'll hear this January are from those players who will say "at this stage in a World Cup year, I need to be playing".

Autumn rugby internationals dream team

The Independent's Chris Hewett picks his ultimate XV from this Autumn's internationals.

Ten things the Autumn internationals have taught us...

The Autumn internationals are now at an end, with differing experiences for the northern hemisphere teams.

Album: Fauré, Le Jardin Clos/La Chanson d'Eve, (Zig Zag)

There are more opulent performances of Fauré but Karine Deshayes' clear, girlish tones lend this recital of the late song cycles wistful intimacy.

Stunning image of ants wins international environmental photography prize

In just its third year, CIWEM's (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Mangagement) Environmental Photographer of the Year is one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world, with pictures entered from over 60 countries including Serbia, Jamaica, Belarus, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Romania, India, South Africa, Australia, Israel, USA, China, Belgium, Vietnam and the UK.

Former England international Butcher retires

Former England batsman Mark Butcher has retired from cricket with immediate effect after admitting defeat in his battle with ongoing knee problems.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/11/obama-the-anti.html">Ben Chu: Obama the 'anti-American'</a>

I'm confused. Today's Spectator leader tells us that "Internationally, Obama's victory will rout lazy Anti-Americanism".

MPs plan debate on 'boiler rooms'

A debate about how to tackle the growing problem of so-called "boiler room" scams will take place in the House of Commons today, with a view to creating tougher measures to prevent the schemes.

UK fertility safety for women is 'among the worst in Europe'

Mothers' health may be put at risk in the quest for high pregnancy rates at British IVF clinics, warn experts

Collector's Corner: New focus for investing your spare cash

Clear off your coffee tables. Gwyn Jones finds the market in photo books is undervalued

Collector'S Corner: How much is that teddy in the window?

Teddy bears are always popular, but they can mean big bucks, too, says Gwyn Jones
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker