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Ayrault asks his ministers to stop using English words in their work

Former Conservative deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft is to sign a pledge to give at least half of his estimated £1.2bn fortune to charity

Lord Ashcroft joins Bill Gates' pledge to give up half his fortune

The billionaire Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft is to sign a pledge to give at least half of his estimated £1.2bn fortune to charity, it emerged today.

Alisher Usmanov holds almost 56 per cent of MegaFon and has a 30 per cent stake in Arsenal Football Club

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Problems in Europe cut value of ArcelorMittal by £2.6bn

The world's biggest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, is slashing the value of its European business by about $4.3bn (£2.6bn) after the eurozone's economic woes hit demand.

French unions brand 'steel deal' a betrayal

The “secret” deal that ended a threat by the French government to nationalise a steel plant in Lorraine has infuriated unions and even some cabinet ministers.

Market Report: Evraz caught up by steel makers' gloom

Unlike Chelsea, Evraz's woes can't be solved by Roman Abramovich splashing the cash on new signings. The steel giant, which is controlled by the Russian billionaire, was left near the bottom of the table last night, closing at an all-time low, as doom and gloom continued to swirl around the sector.

Protestors 'occupy' property owned by Olympic Orbit designer Anish Kapoor in anti London 2012 demonstration

Protestors have taken over a large property owned by Olympic Orbit tower designer Anish Kapoor in the first demonstration against the London Games.

The Orbit

The curious case of OB216: A little bit of history that no one's watching

It is perhaps not altogether shocking that £15 tickets to go on a rollercoaster that has already crashed don’t appear to have sold that well.

Tullow makes Kenya's first oil discovery

Kenya unveiled its first oil discovery yesterday at an exploratory well by Tullow Oil in the north of the country.

Sir Mick Jagger used an off-shore company to buy property

Stamp duty: Estate agents voice fears as plug is pulled on the rock star's property trick

Buyers of homes worth more than £2m are going to be hit with a massive stamp duty rise from today, with a new 7 per cent stamp duty land tax charged. Until yesterday, only a 5 per cent charge was levied on homes sold for overa £1m.

Tycoon Pierre Lagrange comes out – to face UK's most expensive divorce payout

A top hedge fund manager is facing one of the most expensive divorce settlement in British legal history after telling his wife he is gay.

Mathematics comes to the rescue of Kapoor's tower

It has been called a waste of money, "Meccano on crack", and hailed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, as the "hubble-bubble" tower for its likeness to a shisha pipe.

The business on: Wilbur Ross, Chairman, WL Ross

And what does he do?

Tycoon loses $6.7bn (but he is still worth $64.4bn)

The richest person in the world lost about $6.7bn (£4bn) as the world's stock markets endured a precipitous fall last week.

Fernandes in talks to buy club

Talks are continuing between Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian airline tycoon, and Queen's Park Rangers owner Bernie Ecclestone towards a sale of the newly-promoted Premier League club.

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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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