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Spanish bank says it has no "current plans "to float its UK arm

On the warpath: Whistleblower Paul Moore on Lloyds Banking Group’s 'pathetic' £28m fine

As Lloyds is hit with a fine for mis-selling, whistleblower Paul Moore speaks out

Debt crisis is hitting renters, says charity

Rent arrears are the fastest-growing debt problem, a charity warned this week. The Money Advice Trust said the number of people calling its debtline with problems paying their rent has doubled in the past three years.

Yawa Dotse had a loan from Lendwithcare to help set up a pulse stall in Central Togo

Help a small business rather than waste a gift

Britons will waste £240m on unwanted presents this Christmas, with one in four people panic buying and wasting  £46.25 on average.

The Bank of England announced that interest rates will stay at 0.5 per cent

Bank of England keeping an eye on UK 'microwave' housing market, says chief economist Spencer Dale

The housing market is capable of overheating with little warning, a senior Bank of England official said on Friday, amid rising concerns that the Government’s mortgage subsidies could be inflating a fresh property bubble.

'The heroes of today are the Irish people'

Ireland's finance minister thanks the Irish people for their extraordinary efforts as the country exits its bailout programme

Unemployed told to leave Ireland in desperate move to slash welfare costs

Ireland is asking its citizens to leave the country if they can't find a job in a desperate bid to slash welfare costs.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Know your Ford Focus from a Vauxhall Astra, Mr Osborne?

Years ago, when select committees were in their infancy, the aristocratic Tory minister Lord (Grey) Gowrie was asked by an MP a question which he hadn’t a clue how to answer. “What do you think this is?” retorted an outraged Gowrie. “Mastermind?”

The News Matrix: Thursday 12 December 2013

Spending on home families’ biggest cost

The News Matrix: Wednesday 11 December 2013

Two French troops killed in gun battle

Children pester parents for payday loans after adverts blitz

More than half of ads are shown in the daytime, with cartoons and jingles common

US taxpayers lose $10bn after Treasury sells final stake in General Motors

American taxpayers have lost $10bn (£6bn) as a result of the US government’s bailout of General Motors during the global financial crisis.

What will happen to property prices in 2014?

Latest reports forecast continued rise though not a 'housing bubble'

Lloyds sells booming St James's Place stake for £670m

Lloyds is selling its final stake in the investment company St James’s Place for a gain of £95m.

Protesters face riot police near the Presidential office building in Kiev - heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party office

Ukraine protests: Riot police storm offices of opposition party in Kiev

Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party office in Kiev tonight as anti-government protests crippled the capital for yet another day.

Some 2.5 million people will have to borrow money to heat their homes this Christmas

2.5m people will have to take out a loan just to afford central heating this Christmas

Shocking figures revealed as winter fuel costs are hiked by up to £120

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Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

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Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
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Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

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Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

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