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After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

HMS Ambush, part of the current fleet of four Trident submarines

Do we need Trident?

Is a Britain with nuclear missile-equipped submarines a safer place to live, now and into the future? That is the crux of today's debate on replacing Trident - the weapon system that will cost an estimated £100bn over the next 30 years.

Anthony Hilton: If this is a sterling crisis then crises aren't that bad

Sterling fell in the first part of the week because traders decided that US interest rates were likely to rise before ours do, thus making the dollar a more attractive currency to hold.

Mr Miliband said he and Mr Balls both briefly dated Ms Flanders in the 1990s

I did go out with BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, admits Ed Miliband... and so does Ed Balls

For nearly 20 years they have been colleagues and rivals – rising up the ranks of the Labour party from humble advisers to become two of the biggest beasts in the political jungle.

Palmed off on kids: Steve Carell voices Gru in 'Despicable Me 2', a sequel with nothing for adults

Despicable Me 2 beats Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger to top US Box office

The animated film took more than $50m more than The Lone Ranger in its opening weekend

Palmed off on kids: Steve Carell voices Gru in 'Despicable Me 2', a sequel with nothing for adults

Despicable Me 2 and the Minions triumph at UK box office

Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 has dominated the UK box office on its debut week taking more than rebooted Superman film Man of Steel made on its first weekend.

Artist's impression of HS2, which is struggling with costs 13 years before it is due to carry its first passengers

'HS2 will be an expensive mistake': Lord Mandelson urges Government to abandon controversial rail link plans

Former Business Secretary says HS2 could 'damage' the northern regions it is intended to help

New Zynga CEO Don Mattrick (right) with founder Mark Pincus

Can Xbox boss Don Mattrick save Zynga and social gaming?

Mattrick will become new CEO as founder Mark Pincus steps down

Michael Douglas (left) with Ari Emanuel

Hollywood super-agents in war of words over clients

Ari Emanuel accuses music mogul Irving Azoff of being 'fundamentally a liar and selfish'

More than 200 images are 'snapped' globally each day

It’s the latest social media phenomenon and has just been valued at $800m. But how long will Snapchat last?

Photo-sharing app allows users to send images which ‘self-destruct’ within 10 seconds

VocaLink develops mobile payments app Zapp

Technology which will allow consumers to make payments using their mobile phones is to be developed by the company behind Link cash machines.

Bloodbath of nostalgia: Michael Grade is preparing to say farewell to BBC Television Centre which is to be turned into a £200m complex of shops and offices

Former TV boss Michael Grade suggested as mediator to break deadlock on press regulation

Lord Grade, the former chairman of both the BBC  and ITV, has been suggested as a potential "mediator" who could help broker the current impasse over future press regulation.

Chinese authorities said they destroyed Belgian chocolates because they contained toxic substances

Belgian chocolates and the trade spat souring EU-China relations

Latest trashing of the national delicacy comes as the EU pursues import tariffs on Chinese solar panels

'I am not afraid,’ says high-school dropout Edward Snowden, as he reveals his identity from a Hong Kong hotel room

Will Hong Kong harbour Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the largest amount of classified information in the history of the NSA, has been advised to leave Hong Kong. A senior law official cited the city's extradition agreement with America as reason to hasten the departure of the whistleblower, who faces jail in America. But how will he fare should he stay?

Pope Francis (left) will meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (right), for the first time this week

Pope Francis to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury for the first time in Rome

Both claim an interest in global justice and financial regulation, as well as a common distaste for gay marriage

Bankers' bonuses 'could be delayed for a decade'

Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards says move would make bankers think more about their behaviour

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