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In the midst of London’s stock market IPO boom, one mid-tier technology group is about to bid auf Wiedersehen.

Jobs hit record high

The number of people in work is set to reach its highest level ever this week as the gravity-defying performance of the UK labour market continues despite the shrinking economy.

The former England captain Michael Vaughan launches Yorkshire Tea’s deal at Lord’s yesterday

Stephen Brenkley: A storm in a sponsored cup... ECB stirs up controversy by selling off the tea break

Tea has always been archaic yet sacrosanct. As an institution it has embodied the entire ethos of a type of game that probably did not exist, except perhaps at Blandings: at 20 minutes in length, neither one thing nor the other.

Banker who jumped from rooftop London restaurant was under 'enormous amount of pressure' in his job

A banker jumped to his death from a rooftop London restaurant after coming under “an enormous amount of pressure” in his job, an inquest heard today.

BT in £64m offer for Tikit

BT has agreed to pay £64.2m for Tikit, an IT group that mainly works with law and accountancy firms.

Relief for George Osborne as borrowing drops by nearly £7bn

George Osborne's chances of avoiding a mauling from his own independent fiscal watchdog in December rose yesterday after some surprise good news on the UK's borrowing burden during September.

Kevin Pietersen will now have clear-the-air talks with team-mates

ECB claims that South African players provoked Kevin Pietersen to send texts are 'absolute rubbish'

Cricket South Africa has dismissed a claim made by England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier that South African players provoked Kevin Pietersen to send inflammatory text messages as “absolute rubbish”. 

Market Report: Imagination tumbles after blow from TI

It has been said that when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. British chip maker Imagination Technologies was left snivelling and shivering yesterday after its US partner Texas Instruments revealed its intentions to bow out of the competitive smartphone sector.

Market Report: Gushing profits at oil service firms

Servicing the lucrative oil and gas sector is paying off on the mid caps, where Kentz and Hunting reported gushing profits yesterday, while Cape's results were better than feared. Kentz saw its interim profits flare 36 per cent higher and shareholders were delighted with a 10 per cent dividend increase. Its shares jetted up 19p to 400p.

Golden August and boosts spirits and economy in 'Olympic bounce'

Evidence of an "Olympic bounce" in consumer confidence, as Team GB's record gold medal haul lifted national spirits, is expected this week despite the general weakness of the economy.

Stobart hit by weak demand

Eddie Stobart suffered a reverse yesterday when the trucking firm admitted that even the kings of the road have been affected by the recession.

Kevin Pietersen bats for Surrey against Glamorgan yesterday – but was bowled by his former 2005 Ashes-winning team-mate Simon Jones for 43

Kevin Pietersen is left out by England again and pushed closer to the international wilderness

Batsman faces crucial meeting next week after he is omitted from ODI and Twenty20 squads

Pietersen has retracted the decision to retire from all forms of international limited-overs cricket

Kevin Pietersen omitted from England squads

England's team director Andy Flower was non-committal over Kevin Pietersen's international future this morning.

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Kevin Pietersen apologises over 'provocative' text messages, but Andrew Strauss offers no assurances over future

Andrew Strauss today admitted he could give no guarantees that Kevin Pietersen would return as an England player.

Talking point: Kevin Pietersen's comments after the Second Test may lead to him being left out of the Lord’s finale

Pietersen in complete about-turn

Rebel batsman makes himself available for all forms of cricket... assuming England still want him

Pietersen: In or out of tomorrow's squad?

Kevin Pietersen 'inclusion' clouds Test selection

Kevin Pietersen's inclusion, or otherwise, in tomorrow's squad to face South Africa in the must-win Lord's Test has been the source of fevered conjecture all week.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment