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Consumer Rights: With due care, Britons can avoid the same plight as the Cypriots

The plan for the Nicosia government to seize its citizens' money should act as a spur to check all your cash is fully protected
Packaged accounts often include travel insurance

Money Insider: Rules tightened on paid-for bank accounts

Last summer the Financial Services Authority (FSA) published a new set rules designed to give greater protection to customers with a packaged or “added value” current account.

Bagged supermarket mixed leaf salads blamed for bug that hit 300 people

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium that affected around 300 people probably originated in ready-to-eat bagged salads, an investigation has found.

Watchdog bares teeth with £2.4m fine for oil group Lamprell

The City regulator bared its teeth yesterday, showing that companies listed on the London stock market can expect much larger fines for breaking its rules.

Jargon-free accounts can simplify savings

Finance firms told to cut complexity in savings and insurance

Anthony Hilton: FSA's clampdown will shake up Sipps sector

Though you may never have heard of it, Dentons is one of the leaders among administrators of Self Invested Personal Pensions. And on Tuesday it put forward enough smart ideas to show that it remains several notches above most of the competition.

Watchdog knew banks were fixing Libor for three years

The City watchdog yesterday admitted that staff had been aware of Libor fixing for nearly three years before it finally launched an investigation into what has rapidly turned into banking's biggest scandal.

James Moore: Have lessons been learnt? Regulators have failed again and again and again

Outlook Something up with Libor, you say? Sorry guv, not my problem, speak to the British Bankers' Association. This, in a nutshell, was the attitude of the Financial Services Authority when the issue was raised with it on 26 separate occasions, and perhaps as many as 74 where there were oblique or indirect references to the problem in FSA communications.

Three held in insider dealing investigation

Three men have been arrested and are being held in connection with an inquiry into insider dealing and market abuse, the City watchdog has said.

Ben Chu: Grand Theft Libor

Outlook It's a pity Lord Turner didn't get the Bank of England job, because he would probably have produced better soundbites than Mark Carney will.

Rule on bank capital was a 50-year giant mistake, says Lord Turner

Lord Turner, the outgoing chairman of the Financial Services Authority, has declared that the amount of capital banks were required to hold before the 2008 financial crisis had been a "50-year giant mistake".

James Moore: A crop of problems if AgriBank were to go pop

Outlook On to high-yield savings and AgriBank, which has generated a flurry of excitement by offering a bond that might allow your money at least to keep pace with inflation.

PPI mis-selling complaints at Lloyds total 1.4 million

Lloyds Banking Group received almost 1.4 million complaints about mis-sold payment protection insurance in 2012, it has admitted. The bank was fined £4.3m last week after it failed to pay compensation quickly enough to tens of thousands of PPI victims, yet it declared it has made "significant progress" on dealing with customer complaints.

RBS to offload US banking business

The Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to cave in to the demands of its regulator and outline plans to put its American retail arm, Citizens, on the market next week.

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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

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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