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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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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

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Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
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How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
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10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

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Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
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No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
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Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy