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The inquiry into interest-rate fixing at UBS extended yesterday as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, effectively the territory's central bank, said it had been tipped off by other regulators that its local benchmark may have been rigged.

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Below is an edited but uncorrected version of the email sent by the alleged eyewitness to the Conservative MP John Randall, accusing Andrew Mitchell of swearing at police officers.

China buys up BHP stakes in Australia

China yesterday stepped up its worldwide hunt for gas to keep its 1.3 billion population warm.

Concern as major slump in science standards in primary schools is revealed

A major slump in science standards in primary schools is revealed in an international league table published today.

French luxury goods group PPR buys Chinese jewellery brand Qeelin

French luxury goods group PPR has snapped up China’s answer to Tiffany – a Chinese jewellery brand called Qeelin.

MBA Blog: Global experience is invaluable

London Business School decided to call its week-long trek to Boston and New York - for a group of 70 students interested in the asset management industry - the ‘Global Business Experience’. 

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A Broadcasting House screen shows the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, both of whom have ‘stepped aside’

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Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu rejects takeover rumours

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu has poured cold water on claims from Gianni Paladini that a takeover deal could be agreed within the next 10 days.

Christie's auction business sues Chinese rival Chritrs over similar sounding name

Christie’s is locked in a legal battle in the world’s largest auction market claiming an Asia rival is cashing in on its prestige by using a suspiciously similar sounding name.

Is China starting to turn its back on bling?

What have Tiffany, Burberry, Mulberry and Hugo Boss got in common? Yes, they all make expensive products for the global wealthy. But they also all recently warned of a slowdown in sales in once-booming China.

No Mandarin? No jobs, bankers warned

British bankers without Mandarin language skills are finding it increasingly tough to be shortlisted for jobs in the financial centres of Hong Kong and Singapore, a major recruiter has warned.

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