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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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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
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Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'