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

MP accuses accountants of cashing in on recession

The SNP's Mike Weir says that insolvency fee levels need to be investigated

Record number of companies go bust

27,000 firms forced to close during economic crisis, Conservatives say

Joss Garman: Climate change deniers cost the earth

Hardliners around the English-speaking world who ignore the evidence for global warming will pay a heavy political price

Crisis-hit Coventry face closure

Twickenham's attempts to broaden the base of the club game in England by transforming the old Second Division into a football-style "Championship" full of ambitious, increasingly professionalised teams was dealt a second blow yesterday when Coventry, one of the great names of the past, found themselves being closed down. Andrew Green, the chairman, said a combination of debts, stadium issues and the absence of realistic refinancing opportunities left him with no alternative but to shut up shop.

Borders to launch stock liquidation sales on Saturday

The failed bookseller Borders UK will launch a stock liquidation sale in its 45 stores on Saturday, dealing a blow to retail rivals in the crucial run up to Christmas.

2,000 jobs go as more First Quench stores close

Administrators of Threshers' owner First Quench today announced the loss of more than 2,000 jobs following another raft of store closures.

Anthony Rose: Chain-store massacre?

One chain’s misfortune is another’s opportunity, and Oddbins is starting to look the real deal

OFT launches insolvency fee investigation

Insolvency advisers, who are brought in to help rescue or wind up collapsed companies, are to be scrutinised by the consumer watchdog after the Government and industry raised concerns over the size of their fees.

Record number of insolvencies

The number of people declared insolvent in England and Wales hit a new record high during the third quarter of the year, official figures showed today.

1,700 jobs go as Threshers stores close

More than 1,700 workers are to lose their jobs after administrators for Threshers parent First Quench today announced the closure of 373 stores.

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The number of people out of work in the UK has risen to its highest level in 14 years. Unemployment topped 2.47 million in the three months to July.

South Korean police storm sit-in factory

Helicopter-borne police commandos fought a pitched battle with militant strikers at an ailing South Korean automaker today, seizing all but one key building at its chaotic factory and increasing pressure on hundreds of protesters to give up.

Horlick abandons bid for Bramdean

Nicola Horlick yesterday gave up on her attempt to take control of Bramdean Alternatives, the investment company she has the contract to manage, withdrawing a takeover approach her investment vehicle had made.

Judge rejects challenge to GM restructuring plans

An American bankruptcy court judge has approved the government-brokered restructuring of General Motors, less than a month after a financial restructuring of rival Chrysler was also rubber-stamped by the US legal system.

Southampton to appeal after League docks club 10 points

Southampton were penalised 10 points by the Football League yesterday, a deduction that will come into force this season if the Saints avoid relegation from the Championship – and which will therefore ensure their relegation next month. But if Southampton fail to survive "naturally" then the 10-point deduction will be applied next season when they begin their League One campaign.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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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

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

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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?

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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

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

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

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A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve