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With a seasonal changeover and a tie-up with Repossi, the Mayfair store is thriving, finds Rebecca Gonsalves

African Barrick ousts chief as gold price sinks

African Barrick Gold, one of that continent's five biggest producers of the precious metal, has replaced its chief executive following a rout on commodity prices.

Slovakian teen Adela Copakova

Adela Copakova: Mystery over missing 14-year-old girl in Sheffield

Slovakian teen was last seen on Sunday evening at around 8pm

New iPhone will be gold, but 'think champagne, not ingot'

Gold colouring expected on high-end iPhone update, the new iPhone 5S

Accessories in extremis: Frothy femininity to strident and strong - this season's fashion extras prove that opposites are attractive

Whether you go for micro minaudières or jumbo backpacks, featherlight heels or sturdy caterpillar soles, it’s all about polar opposites for the season’s  extras. Rebecca Gonsalves compares and contrasts

The Great Britain 4x100m relay team of (left to right) Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington, and Dwain Chambers celebrate their bronze - but they were soon notified of their illegal changeover
Usain Bolt (second from right), celebrates with Jamaican 4x100m team-mates (left to right) Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, and Nesta Carter
A pile of Bitcoins are shown here after Software engineer Mike Caldwell minted them in his shop on April 26, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency used over the Internet that is gaining in popularity worldwide. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

Bitcoin is a currency, rules US judge

Ruling means suspected fraudster dealing in virtual currency can be charged

Rebecca Adlington receives a pair of gold Jimmy Choos from Mansfield’s mayor, Tony Egginton, in 2008

A symbol of authority or anachronistic bling? Whatever, the Mayor of Mansfield wants his chains back

Opponents say civic jewels should be in a museum and have ordered that they are locked up in council safe

Kelly Clarkson shelled out £152,450 for Jane Austen's ring

Jane Austen museum raises funds to buy author's ring off Kelly Clarkson

The US singer paid £152,450 for the gold and turquoise ring

Documents reveal Bank of England sold stolen gold for Nazis

Archived material details how gold bars plundered from Czechoslovakia were sold on behalf of Germany's central bank in 1939

Market Report: Investors in gold rush out of African Barrick

News of a high court claim against African Barrick Gold over the deaths of Tanzanians tarnished its shares on a day when it revealed $185m of cost cuts.

Market Report: Fresh licence lifts Bahamas Petroleum

As the UK was braced for tropical weather with storms on the way, punters decided a bet on an oil explorer in the Bahamas was appropriate yesterday. Bahamas Petroleum gushed as much as 20 per cent in morning trade on news that it had got its licences renewed and extended by the Bahamas Government and the Ministry of the Environment.

David Weir celebrating another gold, this time in the 1500 metres

Anniversary Games: David Weir goes in search of a reality check a year on from Paralympic glory

He watches the races over and over and still can’t believe it. Now Britain’s golden paralympian returns to the scene of his triumphs

Market Report: Miner Hochschild climbs on cost cuts

The City isn’t known for penny-pinching, but news that a mining company was taking control of spending, slashing bosses’ pay and culling the number of executives sent it to the top of the mid-tier index.

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
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Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine