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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.

Stop firing crucial back-office staff, FSA warns banks

The Financial Services Authority has told investment banks to improve checks to prevent mis-pricing of trading positions and to stop firing staff who work in valuation control functions.

Merrill shocks Wall Street with $8.5bn share sale

Merrill Lynch, the investment banking giant that has lost more than $40bn (£20.1bn) on its mortgage investments since the start of the credit crisis, shocked Wall Street last night with plans to raise $8.5bn in new shares.

Regulator investigates 'market manipulation' by jet fuel speculators

Accusations of price manipulation in the soaring market for jet fuel are among dozens of allegations being investigated by commodities regulators in the United States, where the public and politicians have rounded on "speculators" for driving up the cost of oil and everyday inflation.

CME fights to save $9.1bn takeover of Nymex

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is fighting to save its $9.1bn takeover of the Nymex, the historic home of oil trading in New York, in the face of trader opposition, shareholder lawsuits and an inexorable decline in the value of its offer.

Album: Freddie Redd, Shades of Redd Blue Note

Redd was a jobbing hard-bop pianist and composer blessed with, in bop terms, a heavenly ear for a "chewn".

Lehman suspends equity traders in London

Lehman Brothers, the Amer-ican investment bank, has suspended two equity trad-ers in London after its internal controls showed up issues related to share valuations.

Trading security: 'If I were to say it couldn't happen here, well, that's bullshit'

Banks across the City of London have launched urgent reviews of their security procedures in the wake of the Société Générale scandal.

BNP Paribas hints it may bid for embattled rival SocGen

BNP Paribas yesterday gave its first hint that it may bid for Société Générale since its arch rival became vulnerable to takeovers in the wake of last week's rogue trading scandal.

Margareta Pagano: Savage for SocGen and a slap in the Fed's face

Eat your heart out, Nick Leeson. Your place in the annals of financial fraud has been trumped by a trader at Société Générale who has cost his bank €5bn (£3.7bn), and who may yet cause France's second-biggest bank to lose its independence. The predators are already prowling, with France's BNP Paribas, which has tried for years to merge with SocGen, the favourite.

Rogue trader: bank admits losing billions

The second biggest bank in France today admitted it had lost 4.9 billion euros (£3.7bn) at the hands of a rogue trader in one of the biggest banking frauds in history.

More Deutsche cash for Euronext

Market Report: Britvic sparkles as talk of French bid bubbles

Two profits warnings in its first six months as a listed company have made the management at the soft drink makerBritvic about as popular in the City as an outbreak of the plague. That may be about to change, though, with the French private-equity group PAI poised to make an offer worth 280p per share.

Race to find flagship of first US naval hero - in North Sea

Teams from both sides of the Atlantic to search for wreck of John Paul Jones's frigate off Yorkshire coast
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

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