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

Estate agents lose claim for £1.41m Lakshmi Mittal commission

Three of Britain's top estate agents came away from the High Court empty handed today after losing their claim for £1.41 million commission on the sale of one of the most prestigious properties in London.

MPs bow out: Honourable members? There were some...

While almost no one was spotless, not all of our MPs deserve to be remembered just for the expenses scandal. Nina Lakhani salutes the hard-workers who won't be standing for re-election

Mary Dejevsky: Don't believe the killjoys of London 2012

Now here's a riddle for the holiday weekend: what's on time, on budget and in Britain? The answer, improbable, but correct, is the 2012 London Olympics. Yet still the nay-sayers persist, grumbling away about how the site will never be complete in time, how the costs have already spiralled out of control, and how the city – their city – will be a nightmare for the duration.

120m high and very, very red: the best seat at the Olympic Games

The capital's own version of the Eiffel Tower, 120 metres high and visible from outside London, has been chosen as the monument to mark and tower over the 2012 Olympic Games.

'Mind boggling' artwork that will tower over London

Plans for what will become Britain's largest piece of public art were today unveiled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Pressure on Hague over his role in Ashcroft's peerage

Mandelson fails in bid for official investigation into peer's non-dom tax status but row continues to rage

'Climate emails hacked by spies'

Interception bore hallmarks of foreign intelligence agency, says expert

Will Davos be a damp squib?

There'll be no Obama, Brown or Bono at next week's economic forum, but does it matter?

Magilton denies headbutt on Buzsaky but faces sack

Assistants walk out on QPR in support of manager as clash with player escalates

League offers Briatore chance to make case

Flavio Briatore has been given the chance to argue his case after the Football League delayed making a decision on whether the co-owner of Queen's Park Rangers has contravened its "fit and proper person" test.

Briatore in line of fire as League gets tough

Disgraced F1 boss likely to be thrown out of football in 'fit and proper person' crackdown with Notts County and Leeds also under scrutiny

The Football Rich List 2009

QPR shareholder Lakshmi Mittal is the wealthiest man in British football, according to the 2009 FourFourTwo.com Rich List.

Dinner at the Carlton: The New Tory power brokers

Exclusive: Margareta Pagano reveals the guest list for the Conservatives’ premier political dinner last week which gives a fascinating snapshot of the movers and shakers getting ready for their turn to influence Downing Street

Steady on, says Cable, as big home tax unravels

Lib Dem leaders face accusations of launching half-finished proposals

Lib Dems plan tax on £1m homes

Vince Cable today announced plans to clobber the wealthiest homeowners as part of a massive Liberal Democrat tax-raid on the rich.

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