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The mistake resulted in the share price of Britain’s largest bank rising more than 10 per cent

Merger of two exchanges is blocked by EU Commission

London breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the European Commission confirmed the view of EU regulators that the controversial merger of Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, should be blocked.

L-R) Mohammed Chowdhury, Shah Rahman, Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah

Four admit London bomb plot

Four radical Islamists have admitted plotting a major pre-Christmas terror attack on the London Stock Exchange.

Leading article: In matters of dishonesty, we are all in it together

We live in a more dishonest country than we did a decade ago. The British public are more likely to lie on application forms, buy stolen goods, have an extramarital affair or drive under the influence of alcohol. Such are the conclusions of a survey from the Centre for the Study of Integrity at the University of Essex.

The women who are breaking into the boardroom

Almost 100 females were made directors of top UK businesses last year. It's not equality – but it's definitely progress. Lucy Tobin reports

Market mergers at risk

Politics is again blocking attempts at consolidation among stock exchanges

James Moore: Metal exchange will not be able to resist the pot of gold

Outlook: The London Metal Exchange is the City's belle of the ball, with just about anyone with any interest in exchanges falling over each other to offer gold-plated dowries.

Investment: Rolet's back with £450m FTSE deal

London Stock Exchange

Derek Pain: Sometimes you need a little luck when investing

No Pain, No Gain

Cable expresses sympathy for St Paul's protesters

Vince Cable has revealed he sympathises with the feelings of those protesting outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Plus Markets chairman to leave

The chairman of Plus Markets, the junior London stock exchange that is home to Arsenal Football Club, is to leave the group following pressure from one of the exchange's major shareholders for a boardroom shake-up after mounting losses at the company. The Middle Eastern investment group Amara Dhari, which holds some 17 per cent of Plus Markets, had called for the resignation of Giles Vardey, and Plus Markets said Mr Vardey had now decided to quit. Malcolm Basing will become its interim chairman for the time being.

Avation set to unveil £5.6m pre-tax profit

Avation, the London-listed and Singapore-based aircraft-leasing group, is expected to unveil a pre-tax profit of around £5.6m tomorrow, up more than £2m on 2010.

Angry protesters settle in with kitchen tent, library and music 'room'

Hundreds of demonstrators – and their pop-up tents – have forced the closure of St Paul's cathedral, but, as Mark Leftly discovers, despite its variety of concerns and objectives, this is not an average rent-a-mob crowd

St Paul's may have to close to the public as more protestors arrive

St Paul's Cathedral could be forced to close its doors to members of the public as more people are joining anti-capitalist protests taking place in its churchyard.

Clinton asks landlords for a little more time

Clinton Cards has asked its landlords if it can stagger September's rent payments to help its cash flow situation.

Rolet tries again with bid for LCH.Clearnet stake

Xavier Rolet, the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, is staking much of his credibility on an approach for a majority stake in LCH.Clearnet.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015