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Relative of President Xi Jinping accused of being a director of an offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands

Richard Desmond

Man Group denies it misled Richard Desmond over 'incomprehensible' deal

Hedge fund giant Man Group has brushed off Richard Desmond's £20 million High Court claim for losses on a financial product, insisting it did not even act as the counter-party in the disputed transaction.

JP Morgan’s chief executive Jamie Dimon

JP Morgan set to bar traders from online chat rooms

Wall Street giant JP Morgan is expected to ban traders from online chat rooms this week.

Market Report: Traders were not willing to place bets and the market flatlined

The rights and wrongs of a rights issue for Standard Chartered were up for discussion in the City yesterday and some investors didn’t wait for the answer.

What the Sunday Papers Said

Independent on Sunday: Ofwat chairman in hot water over outside job

Britain’s top water regulator has been drawn into a conflict-of-interest row after taking an outside job with a $2bn (£1.2bn) New York fund looking to invest in European utilities. Jonson Cox, Ofwat chairman for a year, agreed to join the former UN secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali as an adviser to I Squared Capital earlier this month.

Market Report: Imagination could see its market share slip to 32 per cent, according to the analysts

Smartphone microchip designers have received mixed signals from the City.

Poundland is aiming to be quids in for years to come

The store is confident its strategy remains sound as it eyes an £800m float

Market Report: Drug giant immune to dose of optimism

The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline missed out on the injection of optimism into the rest of the market yesterday as City analysts warned that it needs to spend more money on its pipeline of new drugs.

110 oligarchs own a third of Russia's wealth

A staggering 35 per cent of household wealth in Russia is owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the world barring a few small Caribbean islands, a report by a major investment bank says.

Market Report: Sports Direct share price gets a kicking

Punters were taking the lead from Sports Direct chiefs yesterday as they dumped the retailer’s shares. Investors decided that the chief executive and finance director of the sportswear chain must know a thing or two about when to sell. Last week it emerged chief executive Dave Forsey and finance director Bob Mellors cashed out their bonus scheme options. The shares edged back on Friday but yesterday the stock bore the brunt of investors’ change of heart and it was the worst faller on the FTSE 100.

M&S shares dive on fears of an autumn fashion chill

Shares in Marks & Spencer closed down almost 3% last night, their biggest fall in almost two months, as concerns rose in the City about sales of make-or-break autumn-winter fashion ranges.

On the up – the number of women in British boardrooms rises to 19%

Vince Cable believes target of 25 per cent female representation by 2015 can be met

Nineteen blue-chip clients of corrupt private investigators are to be investigated for criminal offences

Exclusive: Blue-chip hacking scandal - at last, the investigations into those on Soca list begin

Nineteen companies probed over criminal offences after years of inaction

James Moore: The Co-op’s treatment of it bondholders is nothing short of shabby

Outlook: The Co-op has a new chief executive and a new team but it hasn’t changed the way it acts

Barclays passes up discount to fight Qatari funding fine

Barclays is continuing to fight the City watchdog’s attempt to fine it £50m over the Qatari fundraising that staved off a taxpayer-funded bailout during the financial crisis.

Two City high-fliers take pay cuts for Lloyds and RBS sell-off roles

Two of the City's best-known dealmakers are to oversee the sale of its stakes in Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada