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.

Edward Snowden

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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