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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 campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable