Arts and Entertainment The disputed objects were largely ancient Etruscan treasures, similar to this one - an Etruscan black-figured amphora depicting the death of Medusa - on display in Rome's Qurinale Presidential Palace

Sculptures of marble heads, a bronze bust of Alexander the Great and bronze statuettes of the gods form part of the collection

Torex Retail bosses guilty of fraud

Two men have been found guilty of defrauding shareholders of the retail software company Torex Retail at Oxford Crown Court.

Outside the Box: Cold comfort as Bradford set club record – 73 days without a home game

Now it is official that last month was Britain's coldest December since details were first collated, how many unwanted new football records will be set because of this winter's weather? One already created, which may be further extended this week, is at Bradford Park Avenue, the Evo-Stik (former Northern Premier) League club, who have not played at home since losing to Frickley Athletic on 30 October. They have suffered seven consecutive postponements from snow, frost, waterlogging – everything bar plagues of frogs – and in so doing they set a new club record. A League Challenge Cup derby at home to AFC Halifax Town is due on Tuesday, which would be 73 days since the previous home game. The previous record was set in the long winter of 1962-63, when Avenue went 61 days without a home game, between Third Division home fixtures against (coincidentally) Halifax Town on 4 January and Peterborough United on 6 March. The pile-up proved costly and they were relegated on goal average, joining neighbours Bradford City in Division Four. Replaced as a League club in 1970, they went into liquidation before reforming in 1988.

Legal endgame looms over remains of Stanford empire

A monumental legal battle over the liquidation of the business empire of alleged fraudster Sir Allen Stanford will come to a head in the Caribbean courts this month.

James Moore: The self-styled 'world's local bank' takes a nasty hit

HSBC is an institution that jealously guards its corporate reputation. That reputation took a nasty hit yesterday. The self-styled "World's Local Bank" likes to portray itself as the trusted partner whose global reach can get the best for its clients. A rather different picture is painted by Irving Picard, the trustee handling the liquidation of Bernie Madoff's fraudulent empire.

Garvan's double turns the tide to give Palace much needed boost

Crystal Palace 3 Watford 2

Bankruptcies hit new low

The number of people declared bankrupt in England and Wales fell to its lowest level in nearly five years in the third quarter, the Insolvency Service said yesterday.

Administrator refuses to give up hope on Pompey

Portsmouth's struggle to bring an end to their long-running financial turmoil took another peculiar twist last night, when the club released a statement claiming they were on the brink of liquidation only for the administrator to insist that they can still save the Championship strugglers.

Dundee fate to be revealed

Dundee's situation is set to become clearer today after a press conference with administrator Bryan Jackson was called for this afternoon.

Small Talk: Why investors may dig the chairman's mining experience

One thing that really gets the blood pumping in the boardrooms of Alternative Investment Market (Aim)-listed companies is a bit of pedigree – it gets the investors very interested in the shares, you see.

Tchenguiz backed fund to be wound up

A housing investment fund backed by the high-profile property entrepreneur Vincent Tchenguiz is to be liquidated as the property downturn continues to take its toll.

Figures reveal small drop in insolvencies

Government figures due today were expected to show a small decline in the number of people declared insolvent during the second quarter.

Boyd Tonkin: Shadows behind the scandals

The week in books

Fabric sold out of administration

The administrators to Fabric have sold the iconic London nightclub to a new company recently set up by one of its former investors, in a deal that secures 100 jobs.

Firm guilty of Buncefield health and safety breach

A company was found guilty today of a health and safety breach in connection with the huge explosion at the Buncefield oil depot.

Crystal Palace on verge of takeover

The deal which should secure Crystal Palace's future was signed today and the club's administrator hopes for a conclusion by the end of July.

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