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EU watchdogs are preparing to impose multi-million euro fines on six banks, including Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC, where traders are suspected of having tried to manipulate Euribor interest rates.

Residents gather around a convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of UN chemical weapons experts

Crude oil price climbs as Syria fears grow

Fears intervention could spill over into the rest of Middle East

Jon Corzine to face fraud charges

A regulator in the US has filed civil charges against Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor and ex-chief executive of the collapsed MF Global brokerage, in connection with the alleged misuse of customer funds.

Alec Owens’ home was searched

Operation Motorman: Whistleblower Alec Owens seeks written police apology over unlawful raid

The Operation Motorman whistleblower who exposed the vast scale on which the media used private detectives to obtain private information wants a written apology from Cheshire Police after it admitted carrying out an unlawful raid on his home.

Gary Oldman: Other actors from the Harry Potter franchise have done well at the Baftas in recent years, with Jim Broadbent (’Moulin Rouge’, 2001), Imelda Staunton (’Vera Drake’, 2004), Bill Nighy (‘Love Actually’, 2003) and Helena Bonham Carter (‘The King’s Speech’, 2010) among recent winners

The so-called 'Robin Hood Tax' will rob pensioners and small businesses not just bankers

The Financial Transactions Tax nicknamed the "Robin Hood Tax" might be popular with celebrities, but Osborne's objections are rooted in economic good sense

Italy seizes €1.8bn in Nomura inquiry

Prosecutors in Italy are seizing about €1.8bn (£1.5bn) of assets from the Japanese group Nomura Holdings as part of an inquiry into Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena's use of derivatives to hide losses. The sequestration is linked to allegations of fraud and usury.

£1m pay cut for City veteran Terry Smith

The City stalwart Terry Smith has felt the pinch from a “not particularly vintage year” as his pay and bonuses fell by almost £1m.

Jim Armitage: They're back - the exotic (and toxic) products that blew up our economy

US Outlook So many reasons exist to be suspicious of the current boom in world stock markets, it's hard to know where to start. The renewed eurozone crisis, slowing growth in China, sovereign debt down-grades, the flattering effect of QE. I could go on.

Boom at Fidessa prompts hope of equity revival

Hopes that this year could be a major turning point for share markets were boosted today after  the boss of the biggest supplier of trading software to the City said the past few weeks had seen record trading in equities.

Margareta Pagano: Can London still get some Liffe out of ICE?

The LSE made a huge mistake by not buying the futures exchange but can salvage something by grabbing European assets, such as the Paris bourse

Commodities upstart ICE in $8bn takeover of New York Stock Exchange $8bn

Two centuries of independence for the New York Stock Exchange are set to come to an end after its operator, NYSE Euronext, agreed to sell itself to Inter-continentalExchange, the commodities-focused markets business, in an $8bn (£5bn) deal.

James Moore: Liffe the jewel in the crown of NYSE deal

The face of American capitalism for more than 200 years is about to fall for a company that's been about for just 12.

Simon English: Don't waste energy on trader 'price-rigging'

Outlook Another day, another price-fixing scandal, this time in the energy markets. But it's far from clear, at least from what we know so far, that this one matters very much. The price-rigging alleged by the whistleblower Seth Freedman actually involved sending prices down rather than up.

New Archbishop of Canterbury to retain banking inquiry role

The new Archbishop of Canterbury will continue to apply the expertise he has acquired from his two careers to the overhaul of banking standards, it was confirmed today.

Bankrupt Irish businessman Sean Quinn

Quinn gets nine weeks for contempt of court

Bankrupt Irish businessman Sean Quinn, once the country's richest man, was sentenced Friday to nine weeks in jail by a Dublin court.

JP Morgan recovers from scandal with $5.7bn profit in quarter

America's scandal-racked JP Morgan Chase smashed Wall Street's forecasts yesterday with the help of a revival in so-called simple banking.

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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

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Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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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

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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
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How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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