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

Banks reveal extent of 'dark pool' trading

Six big investment banks published trading volumes for their "dark pools" for the first time yesterday, showing them as a tiny fraction of the market and not the major hidden rivals to stock exchanges that some argue.

Investment Column: SSE is solid but its ambitions are a worry

Mitchells & Butlers; Spectris

Investment Column: Capita set to benefit from state outsourcing

Inmarsat; Avon Rubber

Prudential close to agreeing deal with FSA for £24bn takeover of Asia business

The Prudential and the Financial Services Authority are close to striking an agreement over the insurance giant's planned £24bn takeover of its Asian rival AIA, after intervention by the City watchdog last week delayed a rights issue to fund the takeover.

The man from the Pru with his head on the block

Tidjane Thiam is feeling the heat after last week's prospectus fiasco. Simon Evans reports

L&G leads call for Pru to cut AIA deal price

The Prudential will seek this week to renegotiate the price of its $35.5bn (£24bn) deal to buy AIG's Asian assets amid growing anger among investors about the proposed takeover.

Market Report: Markets haunted by fears of debt contagion

The London market suffered another bruising session last night as traders sold out on worries that southern Europe's sovereign debt storm could worsen despite recent agreement on the Greek bailout.

It's not so much a job, more a way of British retail life

Marc Bolland has big boots to fill at M&S. He must pull in young shoppers, sweeten global performance and not blink at a huge pension deficit. James Thompson reports

Havas hails advertising recovery

Havas, the marketing group headed by Vincent Bolloré, has returned to growth for the first quarter in more than a year, after winning contracts from companies including Credit Suisse, Heineken and Comet.

Market Report: RBS leads the Footsie as bulls sniff gains

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was the only story in town last night, touching a session high above the Treasury's buy-in price as traders eyed the potential for a doubling of the share price.

Business Diary: Save money twice with redundancies

An outfit called Desk Space Genie is in touch to suggest a little money-making scheme for these difficult times. If your company has been through a redundancy programme, why not earn a few bob renting out the desks that the poor unfortunates vacated. Desk Space Genie even has an online exchange to let you advertise the desk space you can offer.

City firms fined £4.2m for trading data failure

Three City firms were hit with fines totalling £4.2 million today after repeatedly failing to provide trading figures which help the regulator spot market abuse.

Market Report: Exane puts takeover spotlight back on Aegis

The marketing group Aegis was in focus as bid hopes came back to the fore last night.

Roles reversed in South Coast showdown

Debt-riddled Portsmouth face Saints in the FA Cup today, with their bitter rivals full of hope thanks to Liebherr's millions
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
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Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
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Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
tvGotham, episode 2, review
Arts and Entertainment
Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
tvMira Sorvino on leaving movie roles for 'The Intruders'
First woman: Valentina Tereshkova
peopleNASA guinea pig Kate Greene thinks it might fly
Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister

Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

Arts and Entertainment
George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album