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

Morrisons expects tough year after flat festive season

Morrisons laid bare the extent of subdued trading in the grocery sector yesterday, unveiling festive sales growth below expectations as it warned of another "tough year" ahead. The supermarket boasted of "outperforming" the sector as recently as November, but yesterday said that sales growth was only "in line with the market".

Mystery of Germany's 13bn missing Deutsche Marks

German mistrust of the euro was graphically illustrated by new figures published yesterday which revealed that over 13 billion worth of Deutsche Marks were still unaccounted for a decade after the introduction of the single currency

Yell pays banks £17m in fees deal to ease its debt burden

The troubled Yellow Pages publisher Yell has won a crucial breathing space after lenders agreed to relax rules on its £2.6bn debt load.

Fees bonanza after Old Mutual sell-off

The moribund City deal market got an injection of life yesterday when Old Mutual said it would offload its Nordic business for £2.1bn.

Package bomb found at Greek Embassy in Paris

A package bomb sent to the Greek Embassy in Paris was discovered by authorities and safely disabled today, and caused no injuries or damages, an embassy official said.

Office letter bomb attack leaves tax chief injured

A letter bomb exploded at an office of Italy's tax collection agency yesterday, wounding the organisation's director.

Letter bomb sent to Josef Ackermann

An envelope sent to one of the world's most prominent bankers contained a live letter bomb, German authorities said yesterday.

Deutsche Bank chief Josef Ackermann targeted by letter bomb

A suspicious package addressed to Deutsche Bank chief Josef Ackermann contained a fully functional bomb, German authorities say.

Croda's an attractive tip for a pretty good new year

If you trust the opinions of analysts in the Square Mile, 2012 could be a pretty good year for Croda. They painted an optimistic picture yesterday of the future for the chemicals group – its customers include make-up giants L'Oréal and Estée Lauder – claiming a growing need to look good has left it sitting pretty.

Market Report: Vedanta Resources misses out on long-awaited rally

The blue-chip index's worst losing streak for nearly nine years may have finally come to an end last night, but Vedanta Resources was among those missing on the long-overdue rally.

The Business On... Josef Ackermann, chairman of the IIF

The German banker?

The Week Ahead: Black gold production is down but profits set to rise

The focus is on the giant oil companies this week as BG, BP and Royal Dutch Shell issue third-quarter results. Given the spike over the last year in the price of the black gold, earnings comparisons are likely to be strong across the board, although crude has edged back in the last few months.

Market Report: Return of bid talk helps Smith & Nephew

The revival of bid rumours, plus claims that investors are seriously undervaluing the artificial hips and knees manufacturer, helped Smith & Nephew (S&N) continue on its road to recovery yesterday.

FTSE rises as recession fears ease

London's leading shares index closed nearly 3% higher today after a favourable stockbroker's note triggered a strong session for Britain's beleagured banking shares.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada