Kenyan minister resigns after charges over election violence

Kenya's finance minister has stepped down after being charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in the violence that consumed the country after the last elections.

Back seat for Noam Gottesman at cost-cutting Man Group

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NAGUIB SAWIRIS: The Christian billionaire faces a blasphemy trial over the posted images

Tweet is no Mickey Mouse ordeal for Egypt mogul

Like many posts on Twitter, at the time it probably seemed like a harmless joke. In June last year, the high-profile Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris – the country's richest man - posted a picture of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as conservative Muslims, provoking a storm of protest from critics accusing him of denigrating Islam.

Lady Gaga has been named the highest-earning female this year

Gaga's at No 1 as highest female earner in pop

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You know that advert for a writing course whose headline is "why not be a writer?" I always murmur the words "for the following reasons" after seeing it, and then run through some of them before moving on. Such as: poor rates of pay, the unhealthy lifestyle and the sheer tedium of writing, the only consolation, and scant consolation it is, being that one is incapable of earning a living in any other fashion.

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$84m James Patterson tops best-paid authors list

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Hermione Eyre: What use is a barcoded bottom?

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Tycoon loses $6.7bn (but he is still worth $64.4bn)

The richest person in the world lost about $6.7bn (£4bn) as the world's stock markets endured a precipitous fall last week.

Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science, By Michael Brooks<br/>Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science, Edited by Ra Page

These days science is either nothing or it's the new religion. But, as both these books show in their different ways, the practice of science inhabits the broad territory between these extremes and exhibits the full Monty of human behaviour. Science is the most reliable form of knowledge we have but it is arrived at by unreliable means. Cutting-edge research deals with the unknown unknowns, as the unwitting philosopher of science Donald Rumsfeld put it, and there is no formula or methodology for achieving that.

Leonardo DiCaprio named top earning actor

Leonardo DiCaprio has been named the world's highest paid actor.

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