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Jail-sentenced billionaire Mehmet Karamehmet is being sued for almost $10m (£6.6m) in the High Court over loans issued to Maltese shipping company Blue Shipping.

James Lawton: Sorcerer supreme casts his most magical spell

The author of arguably the most stunning victory in the history of Test cricket was asked how deeply he felt the tension when his Australian team-mates Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke drew close to the target that would all but deliver this Ashes series. As he sat padded-up, was he sweating out the possibility that a fall of two quick wickets would take him back into the heart the action? "No, mate," he said, "I wasn't interested in batting. I was drinking pop and eating toasted sandwiches."

Miles Kington: Mum's the word - confessions of a driving examiner

She drew me aside in an agitated manner, opened her handbag and said that what she was about to propose was very irregular

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Perhaps best not to bank on it, but the nuclear winter seems finally to be breaking at BT

Boots seeks a miracle growth cure; Bolloré demands board seats at Aegis; So farewell then, John Studzinski

Commerzbank losses spur job cuts and management revamp

Commerzbank posted a third-quarter loss and will cut 900 jobs as it scales back its loss-making investment bank.

Dalman set to quit Commerzbank

Market Report: Broker drives Virgin Mobile below issue price

Those who bought into the Virgin Mobile float may find themselves wishing they had avoided the company altogether as it shares slumped below their 200p issue price yesterday. A spokesperson for VM was quick to note that the whole sector was under selling pressure and that is certainly true. MmO2 dropped 2.75p to 86p and Vodafone retreated 1.5p to 116.75p.

Commerzbank to write off €2bn

Commerzbank reports first ever full-year loss

German Economy: Banks post record losses as unemployment climbs to four-and-a-half year high
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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