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Outlook Remember that arcade game in the 1980s – Whac-a-Mole? You get a mallet and clobber the brown, furry creatures that pop out of holes in the machine. Each time you whack one, another jumps up in its place.

Private equity – back in the hunt for profit

The sector is finally recovering from the financial crisis, with IPOs such as Foxtons set to pave the way for new acquisitions

Jim Armitage: RBS looks set to spoil Osborne's claim that he has fixed banking mess

Outlook Temasek is clearly a beast with some appetite for the UK. Little surprise, then, that the Singapore sovereign wealth fund has become George Osborne's best new buddy. Not only did it take up the biggest slice of Lloyds' placing this week, but it appears the Treasury/UK Financial Investments has high hopes it will take a bigger bite with the next round of the sales process, probably next March.

Hoskuldur Olafsson, the chief executive of Arion Bank

Thawing out – Iceland and the UK

Mark Leftly meets politicans and bankers looking to attract British investors back to the country

Ireland officially out of recession despite domestic economy contracting

Country additionally boosted by signs of growth and improvement in shattered building and construction businesses

Smiths plans a rebuild as it is hit by ailing medical arm

Smiths Group has seen revenue and profit drop in its medical unit which it failed to sell this summer.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 18 September 2013

Teenager charged with man’s murder

Young men aged between 15 and 24 were particularly vulnerable

Spike in suicide rate in Europe and US linked to financial crisis

UK registered 300 deaths above the expected rate in 2009, after start of crisis

2 bedroom flat to rent in Cross Street, Oxford, for £254 pw with Penny & Sinclair

Prices of flats and terraces up by a third

Detached property prices now average over £200,000

New rules have banks offering incentives to move accounts

A price war among the big high street banks is in the offing as new rules meant to speed up current account transfers come into force today.

The economy is turning a corner? No, Osborne is just taking us all for a ride

In the labour market evidence suggests many, or even most,  are being left behind

Investec in world's 'first' aircraft debt fund

Investec will launch a $500m (£316m) fund to invest in aircraft debt later this month, which the specialist asset manager claims is a world first.

One in five US adults lacked money to buy food in past year, poll finds

Economic recovery may be 'disproportionately benefiting upper-income Americans'

2 bedroom flat to rent in Glenloch Road, Belsize Park. On with Benham and Reeves for £475 per week.

Mortgage lending improving in Midlands and the North

Meanwhile, London rents increase for the first time in six months

Jim Armitage: Privatised Royal Mail must not fall under a train

Outlook So, the privatisation of Royal Mail is to go ahead: the biggest sale of a state asset since Railtrack. And with precedents like that, what could possibly go wrong?

Scientists have been trying to figure out the different ways in which the world could end

Stephen Hawking's on the team - but why no Bruce Willis? World’s biggest brains get together to work out how to save us all from the end of the world

Leading scholars establish centre for the study of 'existential risk' in order to prepare for potentially devastating events

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

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