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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.

Tax surge boost for the public finances

Soaring VAT payments help take the pressure off government debt as the threat of a bear market recedes

NatWest shares hit record high on rumours of strike

Shares in National Westminster Bank soared to a record high yesterday as renewed takeover speculation surrounded the group. NatWest shares closed 42.5p higher at 849.5p with some City dealers talking of an "imminent strike".

Intelligent Buildings: Dream works

From Spielberg's new studio in California to the Inland Revenue offices in Nottingham, architects are responding to the Information Age with revolutionary designs. Intelligent Spaces, a book by Otto Riewoldt, shows the buildings fit for today's smart, new workforce

MARKET REPORT: The Abbey habit leads a return to winning ways

You can't keep a good takeover story down and one of the best yarns to captivate the stock market is swirling around again - that mammoth bid for Abbey National.

Oh Mr Bond, your euro is just so sexy

A COUPLE of months ago, I got into a good-natured argument with one of the biggest borrowers on the international bond market.

The Garden of Mammon

At the heart of Frankfurt's Commerzbank, the tallest building in Europe, is a series of 'sky gardens' planted with olive trees and acacias, enabling German bankers to commune with Nature while making their piles of money grow. By Jonathan Glancey

CURRENCIES : Pound and dollar up to the mark

The pound and the dollar could both climb to new highs against the German mark in the days ahead. After rising steadily last week they paused on Friday, but the conditions appear right for them to break through the resistance they met late in the day.

T&N to cut global jobs after pounds 388m loss

T&N, the automotive components group, was left reeling from a series of blows yesterday after unveiling plans to axe an expected 2,500 jobs from its worldwide operations alongside a record pounds 388m loss for last year.

German banks switch trade from City

Three German banks dealt a blow to the City yesterday by announcing that they would switch some of their trading operations to Frankfurt, writes Diane Coyle.

The PEP providers

Abtrust began in the 1870s financing Scottish farmers opening up the Canadian prairies. Today it manages assets worth pounds 2.7bn, of which the PEP and unit trust business accounts for almost pounds 800m. Minimum investment: pounds 500 or pounds 25 monthly. Phone: 01224 631999.

T&N undergoes a sea change

The Investment Column

Interest rates fall across Europe

Germany throws lifeline to French franc as Bundesbank makes sharp cut in cost of borrowing

Reach for the sky?

Norman Foster's plans for the Baltic Exchange site will overshadow the City of London. But do we need such altitude? And what's behind the impulse to build tall?

MEPC fails to raise the pulse: The Investment Column

Property companies have yet to come in from the cold after the boom-and-bust years of the late Eighties and the false dawn of three years ago. In the case of MEPC, the second-largest player in the UK sector, paying an uncovered dividend for several years did little to improve adverse sentiment.

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea