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The City stockbroker Northland Capital Partners has been thrown into turmoil by the departure of its UK chairman and managing director.

Market Report: Michael Page advances on recovery hopes

Michael Page International was in focus last night amid hopes that forecasts would rise as the recovery resuscitates the job market, bearing dividends for staffing companies.

National Express gets 90 per cent backing for rights issue

National Express secured overwhelming support for its £360m rights issue as the Cosmen family backed the move despite public opposition to the strategy, paving the way for a much-needed restructuring of the group.

Derek Pain: Portfolio mourns for Pubs'n'Bars' last orders

No Pain, No Gain

Investment Column: Plenty of fizz left in Greene King's shares

Bango; Silverdell

Is Britain's poker boom folding?

Research from Mintel suggests a sharp slowdown but poker companies are not yet ready to bust out, reports James Moore

Transport merger plan 'dismissed too quickly'

Struggling transport group National Express was slammed by its biggest shareholder today after it ended merger talks with rival Stagecoach.

Stagecoach prepares rail bid

Stagecoach is putting the final touches to bank financing ready to launch a takeover bid for National Express, the troubled rail franchise which owns the lucrative East Anglian lines.

Galleon founder had planned UK meetings

Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund boss arrested in the US on insider dealing charges, was picked up by the authorities as he prepared for a trip to see a number of British companies, it emerged yesterday.

Market Report: APS-free Lloyds is a winner, says broker

Lloyds Banking Group stood firm last night, as investors bought in after a broker outlined a way ahead without the Government's asset protection scheme (APS).

KBC looking to sell Peel Hunt at knockdown price

KBC, the troubled Belgian bank, has put its London brokerage and corporate finance house, KBC Peel Hunt, up for sale with the bank likely to suffer a huge loss on its investment.

Market Report: BofA backs retail therapy to beat gloom

So it was the second day after the end of the summer holidays, and traders were struggling to shake off the back-to-work blues. Bank of America-Merrill Lynch yesterday recommended a bit of retail therapy.

Investment Column: Hold on for a copper stock's bumpy ride

Tullow Oil; Paddy Power

Market Report: Bullish broker helps Rexam stand firm

Rexam overcame a weak market trend last night, firming up after a leading broker weighed in with some words of support. Credit Suisse said the consumer packaging company's stock stood to make gains as the economy strengthened, and switched its stance to "outperform" with a revised target price of 300p, up from 278p previously. The broker added Rexam, whose share price closed 6.4p higher at 231.5p, to its European Focus List, saying the shares were not only trading on attractive multiples but also offered limited downside risk.

BT pension deficit soars to £5.8bn as profits fall

Better-than-expected results for first-quarter fuel 13% rise in share price
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas