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Ruck and Maul: Moody to be England captain at the World Cup – if he's fit

Lewis Moody has been given a clear message that he will be England's captain through to the World Cup – if the Bath flanker can get fit from the knee injury that prevented him playing any part in the new champions' Six Nations campaign.

Blackstone gets Hilton hotels ready for billion-dollar float

Accountants prepare books for quick sale – in London or New York – but only when the time is right

'Serious doubts' on Enterprise Zones

The government's plan for Enterprise Zones to boost local economies is expensive and unlikely to stimulate sustained growth in depressed areas, the Work Foundation will say today.

'Eat and run' – the fine-dining crimewave

It is a crime many diners have contemplated, but few would ever actually commit. But in these straitened times it seems that record numbers of people eating out are choosing to dash for the door rather than settle the bill.

KNOC stands firm on Dana offer

Dana Petroleum again called on shareholders to shun an 1,800p-per-share offer from Korea National Oil Corporation after the state-owned oil giant said it would not raise its hostile offer for the British explorer.

Connaught gains reprieve after overdraft deal with banks

Connaught agreed a short-term overdraft facility and deferral of loan payments with its banks yesterday, giving the cash-strapped social housing provider a reprieve as it reviews trading prospects.

Ben Chu: Just how British is BP?

A “great British company” is under attack by a vengeful American President. To arms, patriots, cry British rightwingers.

Amy Adams: No longer Miss Innocent

Amy Adams has cornered the market in wide-eyed ingenues, so news of her pregnancy caused some surprise. But, as she tells Rosamund Witcher, she's not as pure as she looks

Ferguson laments 'fragile' stars

Sir Alex Ferguson admits the toughest part of his job these days is dealing with today's "fragile" footballers.

Only Chelsea can challenge Manchester United says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Premier League will turn into a two-horse race as usual this season.

Billionaire arrested in insider trading case

A billionaire hedge fund manager was among six people arrested in a hedge fund insider trading case that US prosecutors say reaped $20m in illegal profits.

Banks vie for £2bn float by owner of Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds owner Merlin Entertainments Group is in final preparations for a £2bn London Stock Exchange listing in early 2009 that could propel it into the Ftse-100.

Econoblog: Facing our pensions obligations

he Pensions Regulator, David Norgrove, says that companies are not facing up to the true size of their pensions obligations. Nor are we workers facing up to the shortfall many of us will face at 60 or 65 (or even later retirement, the way things are going).

Discover Leisure set for crunch meeting

Caravan company Discover Leisure will today face creditors with its plan to restructure debts, in a last ditch bid to avoid administration.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas