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Lawrence Tomlinson’s report on RBS lending found there was evidence it had let some small businesses default

One last tower and Docklands is done

Just over 20 years since development started at Canary Wharf, work is set to begin on the final building. Sarah Arnott reports

Press regulator recruits Lord Grade as it beefs up board

The Press Complaints Commission has named Lord Grade, the former BBC chairman, as one of its new commissioners.

Mark Leftly: Proof that a word in the right ear changes policy

Government made to see sense on migrant cap

Asia's rising powers flex their muscles

Asia's growing confidence is reflected in a rise in the region's share of global mergers and acquisitions. Sean Farrell reports

Top lawyers toast record earnings but revenues fall

Despite the recession causing a fall in the combined billing fees of the UK's 100 biggest law firms for the first time in nearly 20 years, top lawyers are earning more than ever.

Gartmore reinstates fund manager who breached internal rules

Gartmore, the investment group, yesterday reinstated Guillaume Rambourg, the fund manager it suspended last month.

Michael Smyth CBE: British democracy is the victor

The unanimous judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg that an order to hand over a journalistic document infringed the media's right to free expression is a reminder that media freedoms are about more than a balanced defamation law.

Cadbury dismisses 'derisory' Kraft bid

City analysts say 'patient' Kraft will have to bid more than £8 a share for Cadbury

England to host Rugby World Cup

England will host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the International Rugby Board have announced.

Lloyds prepares search for chairman after Blank quits

Sir Victor to stand down by June 2010 following pressure over HBOS merger

If the City is a law unto itself, it needs lawyers more than ever

Nigel Knowles has grown DLA Piper from Sheffield legal firm to global giant – a feat shortly to be recognised on a visit to the Palace. He tells Simon Evans why a knighthood won’t go to his head

Creditors choose advisers to retrieve $26bn at LyondellBasell

Creditors owed $26bn (£19bn) by LyondellBasell, the world's third-biggest chemical maker which filed for bankruptcy this month, will select advisers this week to retrieve that debt.

Credit crisis diary: Plenty of fun in the High Court

The atmosphere at the Northern Rock judicial review hearing got just too hot yesterday. The judge called a short recess so that a window could be opened in court after Lord Grabiner, representing the Government, complained that he was too warm. To laughter, he added: "I'm not blaming Mr [Michael] Beloff," the QC who had just finished a lengthy argument on behalf of RAB Capital. Mr Beloff rather needlessly told the judge he assumed that Lord Grabiner was implying he was full of hot air (we got the joke the first time, thanks) and gave his opponent a wink. Those comical barristers, eh?

Dozens of lawyers to go at Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance, the largest law firm in the world, is to axe 8 per cent of its staff in the City. It warned staff yesterday that 70 to 80 lawyers would be made redundant. Insiders added they would be surprised if many of its peers did not follow with job cuts in the coming months.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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