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Despite overwhelming evidence there is still continuing reluctance from politicians to accept just how useless short prison sentences are

Mrs Madoff speaks: 'I'm a victim too'

*Ruth Madoff, at her husband's side for 50 years, broke her silence to express not just her sympathy for the victims of Bernard Madoff's gargantuan fraud, but also to align herself as one of those victims.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-brow-5.html">The Life Browser: Ten best savings accounts</a>

Oh dear. Last week, as everyone fretted about losing their life savings with bans teetering on the brink of collapse around the world, The Guardian championed those that were upping savings rates to attract customers, by suggesting a list of the ten best savings accounts.

Fury as actress tells film festival 'I would have joined the IRA'

The Hollywood actress Rose McGowan has been heavily criticised after expressing sympathy with the IRA ahead of the release of her new film.

Arrest over IRA killing of officer in 1977

A 57-year-old man has been arrested in Northern Ireland for questioning over the kidnap and murder of a British army officer Robert Nairac in 1977.

Standard Life shares surge after unexpected profits rise

Standard Life shares surged yesterday after the life insurer posted annual profits ahead of expectations and sounded an upbeat note on its prospects this year.

Small Talk: Transense tyre monitor hits the road with Michelin

A little bird tells Small Talk that good news is on the way for Transense Technologies. Michelin, long a licensee of the AIM group's technology, is tipped to announce at its annual press day this week that Transense's battery-less tyre pressure monitoring sensor will be used in the next generation of its truck tyres. Production of the tyres with the Transense gadget incorporated in them could start as early as next year. There is also a suggestion among industry insiders that Michelin may go further and announce the use of the AIM group's system in car tyres as well.

Arcelor rebels threaten to sue board members

Rebel shareholders in Arcelor plan to sue individual members of the steel group's board if it continues to effectively ignore their resistance to a merger with the Russian group Severstal.

Outlook: Leaden Standard

WHAT A shower the companies that make up the long-term savings industry are. Yesterday brought news of another cut in "bonuses" from Standard Life, just the latest of many. "Bonus" is the term life funds use for what is only the investor's just rewards. Like much else about the long- term savings industry, the word bonus is in truth a con, for it implies that you are getting that little bit extra. Actually it is only the rate of return, but like so much else about this industry, it is designed to obfuscate.

Cancer victim sends friends on skiing holiday from beyond the grave

A man dying of cancer secretly arranged for his closest friends to take a holiday after his death - paid for with his life savings.

The City can wait. First, Kingston must recapture the hearts and minds of Hull

Clayton Hirst reports on the fallen local hero that is beset by shareholder anger and takeover talk as it tries to bounce back

Send your pension pot soaring to new heights

If you have the cash, and the sophistication, Sipps are a flexible way to invest, writes Sam Dunn
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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable