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The mistake resulted in the share price of Britain’s largest bank rising more than 10 per cent

Market Report: Experts pour cold water on bid talk

Traders have spent this year trying to flush out takeover deals for water groups including Pennon and United Utilities. But yesterday experts at HSBC washed out any hope of M&A, blaming regulatory uncertainty as the cause.

Spotlight on: HSBC's 5-year fixed mortgage

The deal

HSBC axes over 1,000 jobs as bank 'evolves'

HSBC announced job cuts today, impacting on thousands of its staff, over the “changing nature” of the business as well as regulation.

England sevens players show their colours to promote 'Safari' fancy dress theme for fans

Rugby players have often been called animals….and now they really look the part.

Police officers on the look out as Thatcher's body arrives at the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercoft in the Houses of Parliament

Boston bombing prompts security increase at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

MI5 are concerned that Republican splinter groups are plotting an attack on Britain

Chinese luxury shoppers seek home comforts

Wealthy Chinese shoppers are beginning to ditch European shopping trips for Asian spending sprees.

Aviva Premiership round-up: Semesa Rokoduguni deflates battling London Welsh

Few would have expected anything else. London Welsh, weighed down by their five-point deduction, showed that they will fight to the end against relegation from the Premiership, but yesterday raw effort was not enough.

Postcard from...Hong Kong

HSBC accused of aiding tax evasion in Argentina

The British banking giant HSBC has been accused of facilitating money laundering and tax evasion in Argentina.

Ben Chu: Forget the bleats about those banking bonuses

Outlook Others, however, seem to be going backwards. For some reason Andrew Bailey has chosen to throw his weight behind the inalienable right of UK banks to pay their staff bonuses many multiples of their basic salaries. He brandished a back-of-an-envelope calculation before the Treasury Select Committee this week in his confirmation hearing as the new boss of the Prudential Regulation Authority.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 12 March 2013

GE wants Mary Schapiro on board

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

James Moore: Precious little humility from those at the top despite banks' misdeeds

Outlook. Plus: Swiss show the way and block an escape route

HSBC set to unveil one of the biggest profit hauls in UK banking history with announcement of £15.6bn profits

Stuart Gulliver is expected to receive a bonus of around £2 million as part of a total pay and benefits package reportedly worth between £6 million and £7 million for 2012

HSBC chief executive sees bonus slashed

Stuart Gulliver, the boss of HSBC, will see his pay slashed from a maximum £12.5m in the wake of the bank's £1.5bn US fines for acting as a conduit for drug money and sanctions-busting.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

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Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen