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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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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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