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Capita has won a five-year, £145 million deal to run the congestion charge, which it helped set up in London 11 years ago.

Network: Desmond Morris My Technology: The naked photocopier

The anthropologist Desmond Morris made his name with pop-science bestsellers such as `The Naked Ape' and `People Watching'. But he is also an artist who finds colour copying a boon

AT&T forges $5bn link with IBM

AT&T, the US telecommunications giant, yesterday forged close links with IBM, the computer group, in a clutch of deals which will see thousands of staff move between the two companies, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

IBM weighs sale

IBM weighs sale

CWC and IBM sign pounds 1.8bn IT contract

CABLE & WIRELESS Communications yesterday linked up with IBM in a pounds 1.8bn 10-year deal which will see the computer giant take over 1,000 of the cable group's employees, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

A-Z of Employers: IBM

Age: Over 40.

Books: A space dog's view of human chaos

David Papineau is blasted into orbit with a debut novel of soaring ambition; Habitus by James Flint Fourth Estate, pounds 16.99/pounds 10.99, 480pp

Olympic Games: Major sponsor ends backing after 38 years

THE MULTI-NATIONAL corporation, IBM, is ending its 38-year relationship with the Olympic Games, deciding after months of negotiations not to sign an eight-year deal with the International Olympic Committee, the company announced yesterday.

The judgements of Scottish business are what matter

From his days in the shipyards of the Clyde, Gus Macdonald has shown his value

IBM goes for mini microchips

A NEW generation of even smaller, even faster microchips will soon be incorporated into consumer items after years of development by the computer giant IBM.

Goldman committee meets to decide on market float

PARTNERS OF Goldman Sachs were reported last night to have voted in favour of floating the 127-year-old investment bank at a marathon two- day meeting just outside New York at the weekend.

Where networking is child's play

You make your first friends in the schoolyard. Many women are now finding their first business contacts here, too. By Kathy Harvey

Palm print i.d. to replace passports

IMMIGRATION officers are to be replaced by machines at a major UK airport - probably Heathrow - in a trial of a computerised passport control system that identifies travellers by their palm prints.

Meet your new employees

African Caribbean finance forum

The new rules of office sex

They tried to ban it, but why fight human nature? Cayte Williams reports on how business has come to terms with love at work

Outlook: Compaq is in expansive mood

Successful companies, like successful individuals, need to have goals and ambitions to sustain them. As a result, Compaq's chief executive, the unpronounceable Eckhard Pfeiffer, some years ago set himself the challenge of becoming the world's number three computer company by the turn of the century. Given that Compaq was at that time some way down the hierarchy, that always seemed a bit of a tall order. But that was reckoning without that wonderful tool now available to all right thinking chief executives - industry consolidation.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there