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The Week Ahead: Petra still showing diamond potential

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Making money from finding shiny diamonds in the ground is as hard as the shiny gems as the miners try to find. Costs have to be tightly controlled for a miner to make a good profit. But analysts think Petra Diamonds has managed just that. So although earnings might be a little behind the same time last year when it reports its full year results today, Rob Broke, analyst at Westhouse, maintains his Add recommendation. He thinks the company’s “respectable cost control” has made it still an attractive stock. Numis expects its results to be in line with expectations and thinks the “diamond market remains firm.”

Market Report: Burberry does it in style and hits a high

Traders don’t usually pay attention to London Fashion Week but one of its stars was à la mode yesterday in the City. The British brand Burberry was feted by HSBC’s luxury experts who added it to their Super Ten Portfolio and said “its digital  vision sets the group apart.”

Interest rate swap scandal: Banks face hidden bill of up to £10bn to settle property developer claims

Britain’s banks face a hidden bill of up to £10bn to settle claims from property firms put at risk by the interest rate swap scandal, according to new research.

For the sake of Somalia, Barclays must not close its money transfer system

To do so could herald a humanitarian crisis in the long-suffering region

James Moore: Banks' redress may be too late for some firms

Outlook More than a year after the City's regulators first said there were problems with the way a previously rather arcane product called an "interest-rate swap" had been sold to thousands of small businesses, the redress is finally flowing.

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay speaks at a press conference before completing her visit in Colombo

Sri Lanka snubs UN as it bids for more trade links with the UK

Criticism by Human Right Commissioner was ‘jaundiced’, says Foreign Minister

Investment View: Why you should sit tight in May to see winnings

If you hold your money in cash or bonds you can expect to see inflation steadily eroding its value
Tim Henman: Former British No 1 says tennis must compete with other sports for youngsters

LTA must cash in on Murray mania at lower level, says Tim Henman

Tim Henman believes the Lawn Tennis Association needs to invest more heavily in grass-roots tennis if the governing body is to capitalise more effectively on Andy Murray’s success.

Finance bosses puzzled by audit reform plans

The finance bosses of the country’s biggest firms have claimed that they “don’t understand” the Competition Commission’s hard-hitting proposals to reform the audit market, which is dominated by just four accountants.

UK rallying faster than thought as exports leap boosts GDP

Hopes are boosted for rebalancing of economy towards trade and investment

Money alert: Credit card insurance

High street banks are being forced to pay compensation of £1.3bn after they were found guilty of flogging useless and unnecessary credit card fraud and identity theft insurance.

James Ashton: Bankers toiling in these dog days will be wagging their tails at bonus time

The whodunnit 'Broadchurch' was praised for its ‘restrained approach’

A study of 2,342 16 to 25-year-olds by the Prince's Trust youth charity reveals that one in five 'abandoned their ambitions' after getting poor exam results from their schooling

Pupils believe they'll 'end up on benefits' after leaving school with poor exam results

One in six young people believe they will “end up on benefits” after leaving school, according to research published today.

James Moore: Why Flint needs to take the hint and put a block on bloated bank salaries

Outlook: HSBC still thinks it needs to pay out  stupendous sums to keep its top staff

HSBC in pay rise threat to beat EU’s bonus cap

New rule could be ‘highly damaging’ and help rival banks, chairman Flint warns

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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
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee