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Bank chairman admits spending taxpayer's bailout cash on beachside holiday home

A US banker is facing jail after using bailout funds to help his company buy a luxury condo in Florida.

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A regulator in the US has filed civil charges against Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor and ex-chief executive of the collapsed MF Global brokerage, in connection with the alleged misuse of customer funds.

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Pakistani militant arrested over 2002 murder of American reporter Daniel Pearl

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Land Securities puts faith in Leeds' Trinity

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Jim Armitage: They're back - the exotic (and toxic) products that blew up our economy

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Coming soon: Did BSkyB beat its rivals?

BSkyB investors are anxious to hear what impact online rivals such as Netflix and LoveFilm are having on its pay-TV business – and how its own cut-price web service Now TV, launched last summer, is performing.

Garda killed in attempted bank robbery

Irish police have said a detective killed near Dundalk in County Louth was shot without warning. Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, 41, a father of two, was murdered as he acted to stop an attempted robbery at a branch of Credit Union bank in Bellurgan, Jenkinstown.

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Total warns about 'inaccurate' oil prices

With the fires from the Libor scandal still burning, the temperature is rising in the oil markets amid mounting concerns that this could be the next of the City's dark corners to blaze into life.

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