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Joan Smith: Casino banking does more damage than riots

Another week, another banking scandal: on Friday, a day after the Swiss bank UBS announced it had lost the staggering sum of £1.3bn, one of its star traders appeared in court charged with fraud and false accounting. The hugely embarrassing announcement from UBS came three years to the day since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, suggesting not much has changed in the high-risk world of casino capitalism.

Tension rises in finale of Audi MedCup

The tension meter took another upward hike in the finale of the 2011 Audi MedCup with the Barcelona regatta leader, the British-based Rán, slipping one place and by just one point in the one race of the day to local contender Bribón.

Between The Covers: 04/09/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

A Day That Shook The World: Germany invades Poland

On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland, prompting Britain and France to declare war three days later.

The stork sticking its beak into the German far right

He wrote a book called Mein Krampf (My Cramp), sports a toothbrush moustache and a rigid side parting and infuriates members of Germany's main neo-Nazi party with his satirical take on the Teutonic far-right.

German pilot has lucky escape

The pilot of a tiny private plane made an emergency landing on a small street in western Germany, clipping the side of a house and a lamppost as he landed his ailing Cessna.

Germany and Nordics boost Harvey Nash

Harvey Nash is set to post a rise of at least 40 per cent in half yearly pre-tax profits after benefiting from strong growth in Germany and the Nordic countries, the recruitment group said yesterday.

Ready To Wear: The new season's style is borrowed from the guys

Do you like high-heeled loafers?" asked Kitty, 13, brandishing a copy of Grazia that included a full-page selection of the footwear in question. "I suppose they're quite good for women who don't like wearing girlish heels," I replied. "Or even for women who don't like wearing women's clothes," added Joe, 11, neatly summing up his mother's personal style – and it's true that high-heeled loafers are a feminine twist on an essentially masculine wardrobe staple.

Susannah Frankel: 'Who could resist Givenchy’s knit, emblazoned with a black panther nestling in a wreath of pansies?'

Due to financial uncertainty, and in some instances, also just uncertainty, my autumn/winter wardrobe is still at planning stage. These are some of the things, however, that in my dreams I might be buying.

Bee Gees-loving taxidermist who saved Gaga's meat dress

It was, without a shadow of a doubt, the fashion statement of the year. But when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, acquired the little red dress which Lady Gaga wore to last September's MTV Video Music Awards, they faced a unique logistical problem: it was starting to decompose.

Police raid homes of riot suspects

England's smash-and-grabbers were getting a dose of their own medicine today.

German nuclear policy hits RWE

Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan led to a sharp fall in profits at RWE, the utility which has recently named the Dutchman Peter Terium as its next chief executive.

Florence Welch wants own clothing collection

Florence Welch is planning her own fashion line.

Letter from the editor: August!

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