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Clinton Cards puts for sale sign over Birthdays

Clinton Cards, the greetings card retailer, has put its ailing Birthdays chain up for sale, as the group's new chief executive seeks to turn around its performance.

Lord Sugar's finance director steps down

The long-serving finance director of Lord Sugar's private holding company, Amshold, has stepped down and left the board in a surprise move.

Former O2 boss pulls out of F1 leadership race

A senior figure in Formula One (F1) motor racing who was widely tipped to take over from 81-year-old chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has stepped down, i can reveal.

Rebecca Armstrong: Hear that? It's the sound of my temper fraying

Clunk clunk clatter clunk. THUD. Sound familiar? It will do if you live beneath someone who has wooden floorboards. They're so smooth and shiny when they're underfoot, and so easy to clean. Overhead, they're a silence-shredding menace. Tiptoeing mice become clodhopping elephants. Toddlers taking their first small steps sound as though they're taking giant leaps from a great height. Yes, as you can tell, I live underneath some of the damn things. I also have them on my floors, but I'm absolved from noise-related guilt because I live in a basement and the only thing underneath me are earless earthworms.

China will spend £67bn on military

China's annual legislative session opens today amid a challenging leadership transition and a day after the country unveiled the latest in string of boosts to defence spending.

Fast worker: Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One shock as the man in pole to succeed Ecclestone quits...

A senior figure in Formula One motor racing who was widely tipped to take over from 81-year-old chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has stepped down, the Independent can reveal.

Surprise as Sugar's Amshold FD steps down

The long-serving finance director of Lord Sugar's private holding company, Amshold, has stepped down and left the board in a surprise move.

Court interpreter service 'wastes thousands'

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money is being wasted every day due to problems caused by a new system for providing court interpreters, it was claimed yesterday.

Engelbert and fans celebrate Eurovision second coming

British Engelbert Humperdinck fans reacted with delight yesterday to the news their hero is to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song contest, expressing their hope that the assignment might finally earn the 75-year-old King of Romance his rightful recognition in his home country.

New direction pays off for Laird with as results rise

Laird, the former shipbuilder that reinvented itself as a maker of electronic components used in tablets and smartphones such as Apple's iPhone, recorded a 31 per cent jump in profits to £53m last year as revenues rose 19 per cent to £491m.

Murdoch's newspapers for sale?

The man with ink in his veins might have to consider the unthinkable

WPP hails profits milestone

Advertising giant WPP hailed a landmark year today after achieving revenues of £10 billion and profits of £1 billion in "difficult circumstances".

Domino's boss gets another 1m share options

Domino's Pizza UK has handed its new chief executive a further million share options, after an initial award of a million last year, as part of a "special recruitment incentive".

£1.9bn dividend windfall from Persimmon

The City piled into Persimmon yesterday as the housebuilder unveiled a £1.9bn dividend giveaway, sending the shares roaring 13 per cent higher to 706.5p.

Olympic rings are towed on the Thames yesterday past the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, where equestrian events will be held in August

Get it right on tickets, warns Sports Minister

Robertson tells Games organisers Locog they must offer better service to the public in April

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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'

'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

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

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