News The latest scandal to hit The Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is an alleged video of him smoking crack cocaine that’s been seen by three journalists who all identified the Mayor

Another day, another embarrassing anecdote about Toronto’s illustrious mayor Rob Ford

Santander brings call centres back to the UK from India

Santander has become the latest UK company to bring its international call centres back to the UK. The bank, which has performed poorly over complaints according to the industry ombudsman, says it has made the move in order to improve customer service.

Premier Farnell blames economy for damaging profits warning

Premier Farnell issued a profit warning blaming a "rapid change in the global business environment" yesterday, sending its shares plunging by a fifth.

Patten vows to tackle 'toxic issue' of executive salaries at the BBC

Pay cuts are expected to be forced on senior executives as part of measures by the BBC Trust to win back public confidence in the corporation.

European slump prompts profits warning by Philips

Philips, the lighting and electronics specialist, became the latest company to be hit by a sharp downturn in consumer spending in Europe as it issued a profits warning yesterday.

BA crew dispute formally settled

The bitter British Airways cabin crew dispute finally came to an end today after staff accepted a peace deal to end 18 months of conflict.

CSR slashes Zoran bid as shock losses emerge

The chip maker CSR is to push ahead with the takeover of Zoran but has slashed the value of its offer by almost a third after its US target revealed shock losses.

Nokia CTO takes leave of absence

The beleaguered mobile phone group Nokia has been hit by more bad news after its chief technology officer, Rich Green, went on a leave of absence believed to have been triggered by a dispute over strategy.

Ben Chu: Are our most vulnerable people really safe in the care of these men?

It is a long way from Ireland's Coolmore Stud to Winterbourne View in Bristol. But the two are linked by a fat trail of cash. JP McManus and John Magnier, the two Irish investors who turn out to own a stake in the Bristol care home at the centre of this week's abuse scandal, are best known for going to war with the Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, over the bloodstock rights to the racehorse, Rock of Gibraltar. It's a safe assumption that the pair, who made their fortunes out of racing, did not invest in the disabled care sector with philanthropy foremost in their minds.

Leading article: The elderly and vulnerable must be protected at all costs

Care homes are not ordinary businesses that can safely be allowed to go bust

United praises 'extraordinary efforts' of staff during big freeze

United Utilities praised the "extraordinary efforts" of staff who battled extreme weather to ensure that the UK's largest utility met its annual leakage target.

BT soars 71 per cent on broadband gains

BT posted a bumper 71 per cent boost in profits and slashed its pensions deficit during its past financial year, although the group did not predict a return to growth until 2013.

BA and union agree end to long-running dispute

British Airways' cabin crew are set to end their bitter battle with the airline after union members voted overwhelmingly to put a deal to a ballot.

HSBC set for $6.1bn profit ahead of cost-cutting programme

HSBC is expected to announce a $6.1bn (£3.7bn) pre-tax profit for the first quarter ahead of a restructuring on Wednesday.

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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
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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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

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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
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project