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The Co-operative Bank's disgraced former chairman, Paul Flowers, apparently won the job because he beat his rivals' psychometric test scores, MPs on the Treasury Committee have been told.

A view of Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Ricoh Arena offered to Coventry rent-free

A row over the stadium has been going on for months

Anthony Hilton: No sign of revolt against tax avoidance just yet

Lunch on Tuesday with one of our biggest investment funds came to life when I asked when we might expect shareholders to worry enough about the damage to corporate reputations to vote against boards which pursued aggressive tax-avoidance strategies.

EU taps top oil traders for price-fixing information

The European Commission stepped up its investigation into oil price fixing as it sought information from trading houses such as the FTSE 100 giant Glencore.

UK tycoon Talal Shakerchi 'loses £850,000' at poker

A hedge-fund tycoon lost more than £850,000 in a poker game at the weekend, it has been reported.

Ben Chu: The dumb money is still flowing into hedge funds – and it belongs to you

Outlook More money than God. That's one of the colourful descriptions of hedge fund managers and the title of a fine history of the industry by Sebastian Mallaby.

A friend of the City: Margaret Thatcher's impact on London's financial centre praised

City traders, economists and commentators praised Margaret Thatcher today for reforming London’s financial centre and turning it into an engine of the economy and the envy of the world.

Nothing is straightforward on the street that is the home of the bespoke suit

Pattern changes for Savile Row

The London home of the world's finest tailors is awash with takeover rumours. Laura Chesters reports

Market Report: Cupid plunges after Ukraine allegations

The latest tiff in the rocky love affair between investors and Cupid sent its shares down more than 57 per cent after the niche dating sites specialist was forced to respond to an article published in Ukraine.

Rajaratnam's brother charged with insider dealing

Prosecutors in New York have charged Rengan Rajaratnam, the brother of the convicted hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, with conspiracy and securities fraud, accusing him of conspiring with his sibling in insider trading.

Daily Variety breathes its last

End of an era for Hollywood as Daily Variety goes weekly

Every weekday for 80 years, Daily Variety has brought the latest film news to the doorstep of Hollywood’s great and good.

Hedge fund star John Paulson set to quit the US

Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson is considering quitting the US for tax reasons, it emerged yesterday.

Simon English: Is Ladbrokes chief on a loser as he makes a deal to woo internet punters?

Outlook. Plus: Don't let Paulson hedge bets on Puerto Rico; And here is the news as Buik bows out

Elena Ambrosiadou and Martin Coward back in court

The one-time glamour couple of the hedge-fund industry, Elena Ambrosiadou and Martin Coward, renew court hostilities on Tuesday in a bitter row over intellectual property.

Man crisis after arrest and cash leak

The scale of the crisis facing Man Group's new boss was laid bare as clients pulled billions more from its funds and an employee was arrested for insider dealing.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there