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Sir Rex Hunt: Diplomat who stood up to the Argentinians during the Falklands War

Sir Rex Hunt has a place in British history for having faced with aplomb a disaster not of his own making. As Governor of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic he was obliged on 2 April 1982 to surrender to the Argentinian General Oswald Garcia, the event that was to send a Royal Navy task force half-way across the world to fight a war and win the colony back.

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Goldman beats forecasts to roar back to profit –and big bonuses

Goldman Sachs smashed Wall Street forecasts with its third-quarter figures yesterday.

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Former BBC chief will have to cut costs as new boss of the 'Gray Lady'

It is just as well that Mark Thompson's biting days are behind him. American newspapers take a dimmer view of newsroom "high jinks" than the BBC did when its future director-general bit into a junior reporter's arm when he was running the Nine O'Clock News in the late Eighties. One can only imagine the disciplinary uproar that "man bites man" might cause at the stately New York Times, the beacon of liberal newsgathering in the US, which Mr Thompson is going to run.

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Scottish firm set for encouraging results after a year of rule changes

Academies to be allowed to hire unqualified teachers

All academies will be allowed to hire unqualified teachers in the future, the Government announced today.

Consortium set to make Bradford Bulls offer

A consortium of Asian businessmen will submit a bid to buy Bradford Bulls tomorrow, according to the club's administrator Brendan Guilfoyle.

Begbies bruised by £5.7m loss

The insolvency firm Begbies Traynor crashed to a £5.7m loss last year after suffering a hit from selling its tax, offshore and red flag credit information businesses.

Finance chief Richard Webster's exit hits Pursuit

Shares in Pursuit Dynamics fell 7 per cent yesterday as the crisis-struck technology company, whose chief executive quit in December, admitted its finance director would follow him out the door.

Leading article: Why a civilian should police the police

That the Police Federation regards the nomination of Tom Winsor to be the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary as a "declaration of war", or at very least a provocation, will have come as no surprise to the Home Secretary. But that does not mean that Theresa May made her choice in order to pick a fight – more accurately, another fight – with the police. It might be that Mr Winsor is the best person for the job.

£10m payout for Olympus boss sacked for whistleblowing

The former Olympus boss fired after blowing the whistle on an accounting scandal will receive a £10 million payout, it was confirmed today.

No buyers for New York's empty jailhouses at rock bottom price

A decline in prisoner numbers has prompted the State to try to sell off correctional facilities

Next BBC boss must be a Tory, says Boris Johnson

The next boss of the “statist, corporatist, defeatist” BBC must be a Tory, according to Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

A cockerel – released to protest against Blackburn owners Venky’s – held up play at Ewood Park

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Blackburn's co-owner has insisted the club is not for sale despite their relegation from the Premier League.

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