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

RAB hedge fund offers lock-in deal as investors' losses grow

RAB Capital will this month attempt to prevent investors from pulling cash out of its flagship Special Situations hedge fund, which has lost $1bn (£569m) this year, offering reduced fees if they lock in for three years. Should investors reject the move, the company sees little option but to liquidate much of the fund, it warned yesterday.

Businessman 'killed wife and daughter then himself'

Detectives said today they believe millionaire businessman Christopher Foster killed his wife and teenage daughter before committing suicide.

Bank of England to show no mercy as firms go under

Base rate is set to remain at 5 per cent this week, while official figures reveal corporate failures could reach a staggering 17,000 this year

Two bodies found in blaze mansion

Two bodies have been found in the burnt out home of millionaire businessman Christopher Foster, police said today.

Police still unable to enter 'arson-attack' home

Police today remained unable to enter the fire-ravaged home of a missing millionaire following a suspected arson attack.

Mystery of millionaire arson victim

Family missing after home is destroyed; Tycoon claimed he had been blackmailed

War crimes tribunal: The Karadzic calamity

Hague prosecutors red-faced after Bosnian Serb leader rejects outdated charge sheet

U-turn blunts PM's strategy to cut knife crime on streets

The Government's attempt to reassure the public over knife crime backfired when it was forced to retreat over a controversial plan for offenders to meet victims in hospitals.

The Nick Townsend column: Publicity Pete has learned his lesson yet still he dreams

Ridsdale is overseeing the rise of Cardiff after a spell at Barnsley but it is the débâcle at Leeds for which he is still remembered

Court criticises KPMG over collapse of New Century

KPMG, one of the "big four" global accounting firms, is facing criticism over its role in the collapse of New Century Financial, the sub-prime lender whose bankruptcy last year was an early clue to the severity of the credit crisis.

Philip Hensher: Why pretend that opera is funky?

Tony Hall, the chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, has been from most points of view an outstanding success. It's difficult to remember now that, a very few years ago, the house seemed to be staring liquidation in the face. Since taking over, he's balanced the books for seven consecutive years. He's come to a relaxed acceptance of the value of the wealthy and the chic to an operation like Covent Garden. He's demonstrated that enough people are prepared to pay more than £200 a seat for some productions to make it priggish to keep the top price any lower. And, my God, are they prepared; you couldn't get a top-whack ticket for the triumphant Ring cycle last year for love, money or the offer of sexual favours over the box-office counter, even when the big draw of Bryn Terfel as Wotan fell through.

Dutch court ruling awards jailed Yukos investor a share of $850m

Platon Lebedev, the former Yukos investor locked up in a maximum-security prison in the Polar Ural region of Siberia, was given uncommon cause for celebration yesterday. A Dutch court awarded him and other shareholders in the defunct oil group $850m (£424m) they lost when it was forced into bankruptcy in 2005.

Robert Fisk: The cult of the suicide bomber

Few players in the 'war on terror' are more chilling, or misunderstood, than suicide bombers. Yet the true scale of their grisly activities has never been properly calculated. Five years after the invasion of Iraq, Robert Fisk details the shocking extent of the most widespread campaign of self-liquidation in human history

Gretna faced with oblivion if funding is not found today

Gretna could face extinction as early as lunchtime today – and disappear immediately from Scottish football – unless their administrators, formally appointed yesterday, raise £30,000 emergency funding by midday.

Carlyle fund faces liquidation after missed margin calls

Carlyle Capital Corp, an investment fund managed by the US private equity giant Carlyle Group, said yesterday it had received additional margin calls from banks that could cause it to run out of cash.

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