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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.

The former Culture Secretary James Purnell, who sensationally quit the Labour cabinet in a challenge to Gordon Brown in 2009, has been given a senior role as Director, Strategy & Digital

Page 3 Profile: James Purnell, former Minister

A return to politics?

Saudi prince loses secret court bid

A Saudi prince has failed to persuade a High Court judge to hear allegations that he was "guilty of wrongdoing" behind closed doors.

Elena Gorbunova (left) supported Boris Berezovsky (right) during his legal fight with Roman Abramovich

Boris Berezovsky's former girlfriend claims he owes her millions

The former girlfriend of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky is seeking to have £200 million of his assets frozen after claiming he owes her millions of pounds.

Offices could be converted to homes without planning permission under new government proposals

Empty office blocks could be converted to flats without planning permission under Government proposals to increase the supply of housing.

Rare profits downgrade by Pearson surprises City

John Fallon, new chief executive of Pearson, looks to have inherited quite a few problems from his predecessor, Dame Marjorie Scardino, as he has been forced to cut the education giant's profit forecast.

Simon English: Memo to Goldman Sachs: This is (partly) why people hate you

The great vampire squid’s move to even consider delaying bonus payments to some of its staff just to save them a few quid in tax indicates that it continues to live in a separate world to the rest of us.

Welfare cuts are 'fair and right' says David Cameron

Real-terms welfare cuts are “fair and right”, David Cameron insisted today as he faced Labour accusations the Government was trying to “divide the country”.

Pearson to close adult education arm with £120m loss

Pearson took a £120m hit yesterday as its new chief executive, John Fallon, announced plans to close its UK adult education arm less than three years after buying the core business, Melorio, for £99m.

Danny Rogers on PR: Pay day for other golden Olympic stars

Still glowing from their plaudits and New Year's honours, the marketing and communications executives behind the London 2012 Olympics are starting to find new jobs.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 12 December 2012

Asos' booming US sales set to beat UK

Michael Palin rubbishes claim of '7th Python' Mark Forstater in court battle over royalties to Spamalot musical

From the seventh Python to a missed Nobel prize, Jonathan Brown looks at those who fame forgot

Grime pays: Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32, backstage at Koko in Camden

The Financial Times doesn't get rap, and their caricature of it is dangerous

Rap is not "loud, but lacking in Substance", Mr Guthrie

Fleet Street’s editors summoned to Downing Street over Leveson’s recommendations

Fleet Street’s editors were told today that the Government wishes to appoint an “unimpeachable, impartial verifier” to oversee a new press regulation system and ensure Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations are implemented in full.

Media: It's a right royal knock-up!

The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant caused huge levels of excitement… among newspaper editors. Luke Blackall rates their Kate levels

The Business Matrix: Thursday 29 November 2012

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game