News Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce Government plans to scrap and amend rules affecting firms at the Federation of Small Business conference on Monday

The Prime Minister's speech comes after the FSB said the Government and big companies must to do more to help smaller firms

Battered Severfield dares to look upwards

The steelwork group that crashed into the red when it overspent on its contract for the “Cheesegrater” skyscraper in London says its can seen light at the end of the tunnel.

Al Lubel

Edinburgh 2013: Al Lubel is Mentally Al - His performance is like an elongated beat poem

If you see Al Lubel you'll never forget his name. That's because the middle-aged New Yorker spends much of his mostly captivating hour playing with the sound of it - though not quite as much time as he spends describing how his over-protective Jewish mother smothered him.

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe claims mandate for 'black empowerment' asset grab

President Robert Mugabe said today that his party had won “a resounding mandate” from voters to complete a sweeping “black empowerment” programme, taking over foreign and white-owned assets.

Significant changes to the Obama administration's approach to drug enforcement have been announced

Major change to US drugs law in bid to curb prison overcrowding

America’s top law enforcement official has announced significant changes to the Obama administration’s approach to drug enforcement, in a bid to curb the overcrowding of the nation’s prisons.

Arrest warrant issued for JPMorgan supervisor of ‘London Whale’ trader Bruno Iksil

An international arrest warrant has been issued for former JPMorgan executive Javier Martin-Artajo, who oversaw the activities of the London Whale — the trader who lost the bank more than  $6.2 billion (£4 billion).

Toby Green: Meth in his madness gets Buffett's backing

Outlook From crack cocaine to the (fictional) world of crystal meth.

Demolition crews arrive at the home of Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was found guilty of abducting three young woman between 2002 and 2004 and today The State of Ohio will tear down his home

Video: Cleveland kidnapping house destroyed

Ariel Castro, who kept three women against their will in his basement, has had his house torn down in Cleveland, Ohio

Damian Lewis as Sgt Brody in Homeland

Watch: Homeland season three teaser

A teaser for Homeland season three has been released, but fans hoping to know what happens to Sgt Brody after the CIA headquarters bombing won’t be able to glean much from the sparing trailer.

Cather: Won a Pulitzer for One of Ours

Invisible Ink: No 182 - Willa Cather

When Dorothy got home to Kansas it always seemed to me she'd been sold a pup; Oz was far more exciting than the hardscrabble toil of her family homestead. Life for settlers in the "oblong states" of the West was tough, mean and short. Reading Willa Cather, I'd assumed she knew about frontier life on the Great Plains because, although her family was originally Welsh, she'd been born on a farm in Virginia in 1873. But the Cathers were an upwardly mobile family; Willa's father had switched from farming to real estate and insurance, and Willa went to the University of Nebraska. After she began to get articles published she switched her major and became a writer.

Sybrina Fulton takes the stand during George Zimmerman’s trial in Sanford, Florida

The mother of Trayvon Martin ‘stunned’ by verdict

The mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead in Florida last year by volunteer neighbourhood-watch member George Zimmerman, has said she was “stunned” and felt “disgust” when a jury found her son’s killer not guilty.

A screenshot from League of Legends showing the champion Garen

US border authorities declare professional gamers 'athletes'

The visas were issued to professional League of Legends players - a free multiplayer arena-style game

Egypt's public prosecutor orders the assets of 14 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to be frozen

Meanwhile, Egypt's army chief says no group will be barred from participating in politics

Ian Gaynair in action against the USA on Tuesday, a game that is currently being investigated after claims were made that two Belize players were offered bribes

USA victory under investigation after two Belize players claim they were offered a bribe ahead of the game

Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair reveal they were offered a bribe before the 6-1 defeat in Portland on Tuesday

Getting Lucky: Pharrell Williams and Grover from Sesame Street

Video: Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' gets the Sesame Street treatment

It turns out Pharrell isn't the only one who's up all night for good fun

Good news for patients who dread the dentist's needle

Not to be sniffed at! Nasal spray could end painful dentist injections

Kovacaine Mist was as effective as standard anaesthetics in four out of five patients

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