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

Market Report: Serco transported to new high by US deal

The company that operates Boris bikes, prisons and hospitals was a picture of health yesterday following news of a big contract win in the US.

Weather extremes: freak conditions from around the globe

The world is no stranger to extreme temperatures and those currently baking in the blistering Arizona heat can testify to that.

It won't be shale gas that keeps the lights on

There are fears that fracking may lead to the contamination of groundwater

Egypt protests: Fears US journalist killed in clashes

Supporters and opponents of Egypt’s president held competing rallies in Cairo as a prelude to nationwide protests planned for Sunday demanding Mohamed Morsi’s removal.

Father reveals: NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden could return to US

The father of the former National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden, who is believed to be hiding in the transit area of a Russian airport, has expressed his confidence that his son would return to the US under certain conditions.

Poll: Bored at work? Don't worry, so is half of America

Back in 2000, on Blink 182's smash hit, 'All the Small Things', Travis Barker sang the immortal words "Work sucks, I know" . Now a study has backed him up: more than half of American employees are unhappy at work, says consultancy Gallup.

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Hunt for Edward Snowden: 'I wonder if he asked them about internet freedon', says John Kerry as US turns to sarcasm

Such has been the embarrassment for the United States that its Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Monday resorted to sarcasm against Beijing and Moscow. “I wonder if while he was in either of those countries he raised the question of internet freedom since that seems to be what he champions,” Mr Kerry said.

New York regulators fine Deloitte $10m over StanChart

The consulting and accounting giant Deloitte received a sharp slap on the wrists from officials in New York state yesterday, with one of its arms agreeing to pay a $10m fine and accepting a one-year ban from providing consulting work to financial institutions overseen by state regulators after its work for Standard Chartered on money-laundering issues was found wanting.

Julian Assange: 'It's not healthy to be in this position'

Julian Assange will not leave Ecuadorian Embassy in London even if sex charges are dropped

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will not leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London even if sex charges against him are dropped, as he fears moves are already under way to extradite him to the US.

The Chinese Tianhe 2. Courtesy of top500.org

China overtakes US with world's fastest supercomputer

The Tianhe-2 can perform 33,860 trillion calculations a second

Watson and Edmund get home fires burning

The paths they have each taken have been very different, but for leading British players all routes lead to only one destination come the end of June. Wimbledon starts in six days and for many of the home competitors the genteel charm of Devonshire Park here on the Sussex coast is a final stopping point en route to the grand stage of the All England Club.

Interactive Google Doodle celebrates Father's Day

Google has marked Father's Day with an interactive Google Doodle.

Solar-powered plane lands near Washington

A solar-powered plane bidding to fly across the U.S. has landed at Dulles International Airport near the nation's capital, with one leg to New York left.

Caprice is expecting two babies - one by surrogate

Caprice confirms she is expecting two babies - one by surrogate

Model, actress and television personality Caprice is expecting a baby just a month after a surrogate mother is expected to give birth for her.

Johnson Matthey on climb despite dent in profits

Johnson Matthey shares put on 6 per cent yesterday despite the world's largest maker of catalytic converters posting a 9 per cent fall in profits.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas