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

Two killed in Afghanistan as hundreds protest over US ‘torture’

Hundreds of Afghans blocked a major motorway south of Kabul carrying freshly dug-up bodies they claimed were victims of torture by US special forces and demanding the Americans be arrested, officials said.

Wolseley’s shares dive after Europe sales dip

Investors in Wolseley were spooked by deteriorating construction markets in Europe today, despite an otherwise healthy set of third-quarter figures.

The Week Ahead: Phoenix reports as analysts back boss

It is not the busiest start to the week, but one company reporting today is Phoenix IT, the scandal-hit computing firm which last year admitted it had uncovered accounting irregularities. There was more bad news in February when the group warned that earnings for the full-year would be about 10 per cent lower than the market was expecting, but Numis Securities's Will Wallis says the "lack of any year-end statement implied continuing comfort with this guidance" so he isn't expecting any more surprises with its preliminary results. Meanwhile, analysts at Panmure Gordon note that Peter Bertram – who stepped up from chairman to executive chairman in October – "has a great track record in turnarounds" and have decided to stick to their "hold" recommendation.

Engineering giant Smiths Group in talks over medical sale

Engineering giant Smiths Group is in talks over a reported £2 billion sale of its medical division that was involved in the first successful IVF treatment.

24 May 2013: Emergency services attend a British Airways passenger plane after it had to make an emergency landing at Heathrow airport

Engine issues behind BA plane's emergency landing at Heathrow

The British Airways plane in last week's dramatic emergency at Heathrow landed after pilots shut down one engine and the other engine was on fire, according to an official American accident investigation team.

Larry King handed over his CNN timeslot to Piers Morgan in 2010

American broadcaster Larry King back on the airwaves... on a Russian channel

Larry King, the veteran American broadcaster, is to host a political talk show on Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded television channel.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to appear before subcommittee today and explain the company’s tax strategy

Apple CEO Tim Cook tells Senate: Tiny tax bill isn’t our fault – it’s yours

Tech giant ‘avoided’ paying more than $1m every hour due to use of international loopholes

Satyajit Das: Alchemists at the courts of rulers foster illusion of perpetual growth

Midweek View: It is not clear how, if at all, printing money or financial games can create real ongoing growth and wealth

Rise of East and fracking to transform oil market

The global oil market will be transformed over the next five years as faster-than-expected production growth in North America combines with a greater acceleration in demand than predicted among Asian and Africa countries, according to a new report.

Mark Leftly: How guerrilla tactics are forcing boardrooms to man the battle stations

Campaigners are carrying on with the legacy of the shareholider spring

Shareholders bite back at bosses

The under-fire transport company National Express yesterday endured a significant shareholder rebellion over bosses' pay.

James Moore: Back to school in the US for National Express

Outlook Forget the bus, bosses at National Express need to get on a plane. Today's AGM promises some fireworks with demonstrations planned from the main union (the Teamsters) representing drivers of those iconic yellow school buses used in the US.

Former Enron chief, Jeffrey Skilling, to have his prison term reduced

Jeffrey Skilling, the former Enron Corp chief executive, has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors that could result in his 24-year prison term over the energy company's collapse being shortened.

North Korean missiles no longer at launch site

United States officials say North Korea has taken a step back from its escalation of regional tensions by removing from their launch site a set of medium-range ballistic missiles that had been readied for possible test firing.

North Korea moves missiles away from coastal launch site, say US officials

Musudan missiles believed to now be in non-operational location

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing