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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

Business week in review

In profit...

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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Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor