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

Morrissey has cancelled 22 shows in America due to ill health

Still Ill: Morrissey shows cancelled due to mounting health problems

Mancunian axes 22 shows, saying: 'The reports of my death have been greatly understated'

Stop drone attacks on Pakistan, Britain's UN counter-terrorism representative Ben Emmerson tells America

The British UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson has echoed calls from Pakistan for the Americans to stop drone attacks in the country.

Swiss banker accused of helping US clients avoid tax accidentally sent details to authorities

A Swiss banker alleged to have helped 60 people hide some $184 million from US taxmen has landed most of his miscreant clients in court after accidentally posting a list of their names and incriminating details to the authorities, state prosecutors have confirmed.

Hibu's woes get worse as it fires 'buyout plot' US chiefs

The woes of the debt-laden Yellow Pages directories publisher Hibu took an unexpected turn as its chief executive, Mike Pocock, fired two senior United States-based executives amid speculation they were plotting a buyout.

Afghan policeman kills two US troops in firefight in Wardak province

A police officer opened fire on US and Afghan forces at a police headquarters, leading to a firefight that killed two US troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shoot-out.

The late Venezuelan president in 2007

The secret of Hugo Chavez's hold on his people

The late president had wit and could play a crowd like a trouper

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, when the Dow Jones reached an all-time high

Making sense of the market's new normal

In some ways, thanks to the credit crunch, this market is unlike any other. But long-term indicators can still be illuminating

Plant hire firm helps storm clean-up

Cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy last November has led to booming revenues in the US for the plant-hire company Ashtead.

Hurricane Sandy’s ill wind is good news for Ashtead

Cleaning up the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy last November has led to booming revenues in the US, plant-hire firm Ashtead said today.

The HSBC bonus pool was cut by 12% from $4.2 billion to $3.7 billion

Outrage as HSBC hands £2m bonus to chief Stuart Gulliver after fine in US

Two hundred are paid more than £1m despite sanctions-busting exposure

Things could turn ugly - for the US and the world

The sequester. Washington couldn’t have picked a more awkward title for the series of cuts that beginning today will shave some $85bn (£56bn) from the budgets of various government departments over the course of this year alone.

Classical pianist Van Cliburn dies

The renowned classical pianist and National Medal of Arts winner, Van Cliburn, has died aged 78. His publicist and friend Mary Lou Falcone said he had died at home in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hamid Karzai: The Afghan President announced move amid torture claims

Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has ordered American special forces to leave a province of Afghanistan within two weeks, amid allegations that locals working on behalf of the foreign troops have committed acts of torture.

BAE aims to offset profits slump with £1bn buyback

The defence giant BAE Systems moved to ease investor concerns over its slowing finances and failed mega-merger with Airbus owner Eads by kicking off a £1bn share buyback.

BP resigned to trial over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP has poured cold water on the prospects of settling a crucial court case due to begin in New Orleans on Monday that would determine its level of responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable