Sport Lizzy Yarnold kisses her trophy after being crowned the women's skeleton world champion near Koenigssee, southern Germany

The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

Virgin to move brand division to Switzerland

Sir Richard branson is unapologetic about moving a key part of his Virgin empire out of Britain to Geneva for tax reasons. The announcement is a symbolic blow for the Chancellor, George Osborne, who had hoped to lure more companies back to Britain through cuts in corporation tax.

Philips books quarterly loss

Philips slumped to a €1.3bn (£1.1bn) loss in the second quarter after booking a €1.4bn write-down, mostly on its lighting and healthcare businesses, the electronics giant said yesterday.

Virgin to test 1.5Gb service

Virgin Media is set to begin testing the "world's fastest broadband". Trials for the 1.5Gb service, 240 times quicker than the UK average, will start at four east London companies later this month.

TNK-BP plans gatecrash of Rosneft share swap

TNK-BP is proposing to act as a middleman in BP's $10bn (£6.1bn) share-swap deal with Russian rival Rosneft, but the British oil major does not support the plan.

Andrew Buncombe: Undecided – the politician critics saw as a rabble-rouser

Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, is perhaps the most controversial politician in India. He is also one of the most successful.

Tata buys British Salt for £93m

The Indian conglomerate Tata has bought British Salt for £93m from Lloyds' private equity arm. The firm produces half of the UK's pure salt at its Middlewich facility in Cheshire and also sells a range of white rock and brown rock salt for de-icing.

UTC to buy Clipper Windpower

The wind turbine maker Clipper Windpower has agreed to a £139.5m buyout by the US conglomerate United Technologies Corporation. UTC will pay 65p a share to gain control over the 50.1 per cent stake in the AIM-listed Clipper that it does not already own and assist with cash flow ahead of the transaction. Last year, UTC, which provides hi-tech products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries, paid £166m for a 49.5 per cent stake in Clipper.

Strike averted at Virgin Atlantic

The threat of strikes by Virgin Atlantic pilots has been averted after a dispute over days off was resolved.

Williams crashes out of Stena Cup

In a reversal of fortunes, former world champion Ian Williams went crashing out of the Stena Cup in Sweden while the man he so proudly beat in the pool stage, America's Cup skipper and triple Olympic gold medallist, walloped the current tour leader Mathieu Richard of France to go through to the semi-finals.

Essar suffers worst IPO in eight years

India's Essar Energy stumbled in what was the London market's biggest listing since December 2007 last night, with its shares slumping by more than 7 per cent to 389.5p on their first day of trading.

Album: The Futureheads, The Chaos (Nul Records)

"5-4-3-2-1... on your marks!" This is the up-and-at-'em statement of intent with which the Futureheads kick off their fourth album.

David Prosser: A chance for Toyota to pull clear of crisis

Outlook This will be a good test of how seriously Toyota takes the scandal that has engulfed it over the past month. Akio Toyoda, the president of the world's largest car manufacturer, and the grandson of its founder, has until now had an excuse not to attend a US Congressional hearing on the affair next Wednesday – he pointed out that he had not been invited. Now he has, with the Democrat chairman of the committee giving Mr Toyoda until the end of today to reply.

Branson puts his name in frame to buy Crystal Palace

Sir Richard Branson has revealed that he could be interested in a bid for Crystal Palace after administrators placed an advert in a bid to sell the troubled club.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee