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StanChart sailed through the crisis but that doesn’t mean it will always find it easy

Five-Minute Memoir: Car-park confessions

We were standing at the big raw-wood counter in the kitchen. My parents had rented a cabin so our family could spend the summer in the mountains by Lake Tahoe, and we were all talking about my girlfriend Dana. Everyone already knew what I hadn't told her. But you can't just tell someone something like that.

Wayne Rooney pictured training for United

Manchester United to begin summer tour in Thailand

United will take on the Singha All Star XI

Roberto Mancini could suffer same fate as Sven Goran Eriksson

Roberto Mancini may take Manchester City on tour before being sacked

Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, may find himself leading the club on an end-of-season tour with his tenure all but over, as City's relentless drive to boost revenues takes them overseas as soon as their attempt to defend their Premier League title is concluded.

Happy new year: Chinese territories including Hong Kong are in a celebratory mood

Something to declare: It's boom time for Macau – thanks to a roll of the dice

Why do some colonial experiences leave lasting prosperity while others leave stagnation or worse? Today's Chinese New Year celebrations are a good time to reflect on the experience of one of the world's most boisterous economies – a land where increased domestic and international tourism reflects such prosperity.

Theo Paphitis, retail magnate

Page 3 Profile: Theo Paphitis, retail magnate

Has he, God forbid, actually decided to invest in something?

Wayne Rooney is congratulated for his goal against Fulham in the Fourth Round

Manchester United confirm friendly in Yokohama

United have already announced fixtures in Sydney and Hong Kong

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United summer tour to end in Hong Kong

United have already announced a six-day training camp in Sydney

LME loses its only female trader

The famously boisterous London Metal Exchange (LME) is losing its only female trader. Bethan Wilde, 29, has been poached by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, and is due to start next month.

LME’s only female voice is silenced

The London Metal Exchange is losing the only female trader on its famously boisterous floor.

Roberto Mancini

Manchester City, Tottenham and Sunderland to take part in Hong Kong tournament

Premier League sides confirmed for Barclays Asia Trophy

Bo London, 4 Mill Street, London W1

It's all gone a bit Eyes Wide Shut. I'm sitting, head tipped back, with a porcelain speculum angled into my mouth, from which a pale, foamy liquid is supposed to be flowing. A small, intent group of men in black have gathered round to urge me on. Gripping my silver beaker by its tiny handles, I tip it even higher, like a clumsy toddler with a sucky cup. Just when it seems the whole lot will pour out over my chin, a thin flow of liquid drizzles out and the watching men sigh and smile and move away. Welcome to the whisky sour, served Alvin Leung-style. And to the fun and games of Bo London, the most exciting restaurant you'll probably never go to.

FTSE tops 6000 after US fiscal cliff budget deal

Relief over America's deal to avert a budget crisis sent London's FTSE 100 Index smashing through the 6000 barrier for the first time since July 2011.

Thousands march in Hong Kong in protest over leader

Thousands of people marched in Hong Kong on the first day of 2013 to call for the city's Beijing-backed leader to step down over allegations he was untruthful about illegal renovations at his mansion.

Jack Butland

Southampton and Liverpool 'target' Jack Butland could be sold in January

Birmingham may be forced to sell England goalkeeper

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