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Istanbul aggressively increased its overnight lending rate to 12% from 7.75%

Slow growth could put £81bn dent in Chancellor's plans

Osborne might have to resort to 'dark arts' to hit targets as eurozone crisis throws out forecasts, say economists

Market Report: Melrose dips as momentum slows

Engineering firms topped and tailed the benchmark index yesterday. There was a contrast in fortunes for IMI and Melrose.

Emerging from the gloom? The Bank of England in London

Smoke and mirrors? A real boost for Chancellor? Or is £35bn Bank deal just an accounting exercise deal?

George Osborne has been accused of resorting to “smoke and mirrors” to give himself a fighting chance of hitting his self-imposed debt reduction targets.

UK recovery slowest in a century

The economy may have clawed its way out of recession, but growth is still virtually stagnant

Four are charged in £3m City insider-trading case

Four men, including one of the most senior bankers in the City, were today charged with insider trading by the leading finance watchdog.

Top banker faces £3m insider trading charge

Former Treasury adviser Martyn Dodgson facing prosecution over long-running conspiracy

Only third of massacre-hit mine Lonmin's workforce report for duty as bosses back down from sacking threats

The South African mine that saw 34 of its workers shot by police suffered further disruption today after only one in five wildcat strikers reported for duty.

Lonmin mine disruption continues

The South African mine at the centre of the violence that saw 34 people gunned down resumed production today after nearly a third of its staff returned to work.

Arrests soon in rate-fix scandal

International inquiries into the Libor-fixing scandal are soon to result in arrests, it was reported yesterday, but UK authorities still appear to be lagging their international peers.

Fears of a third quarter of recession add to Osborne's woes

Chancellor George Osborne faces fresh political embarrassment this week as the nation's number-crunchers condemn the struggling UK economy to a third successive quarter of recession.

Market Report: Resolution's payout freeze chills shares

There is not much worse than being promised something before it is cruelly snatched away. That's the situation in which unimpressed investors in Resolution found themselves yesterday after the insurance conglomerate cancelled a £250m handout.

Market Report: Political paralysis puts a drag on Drax

Punters in Drax will be forgiven for wishing politicians would just get their act together. The power station operator has been waiting on tenterhooks for the government to make a decision on green energy subsidies, seen as vital to its future plans and, according to some, its takeover potential.

New firm for sport and forces people

If anything should go wrong for Jessica Ennis's bid for Olympic gold this summer, she could always consider banking.

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The Independent on Sunday: Germany ratchets up inquiry into interbank rate deals

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written