CVC bucks the downturn with fees up 24%

Revenues roll at private equity firm thanks to fund management success and limited presence in US

What's eating Noel Edmonds?

He's refusing to pay his TV licence, wants a blanket ban on immigration, and believes that orbs containing the souls of his dead parents are his constant companions

Don't jail my husband if he helps me to die, pleads MS sufferer

Debbie Purdy talks to Robert Verkaik about her court challenge to ensure her partner will not be prosecuted for a last loving act

Tories join tax attack as Regus plans to quit UK

The Tories have added to the gathering storm around corporation tax that is threatening to engulf the Treasury, slamming government policy as the third company in two days announced it was to leave the UK to cut its bills.

EU leaders move to keep treaty alive amid fears of permanent rift

Deep cracks appeared yesterday in the efforts of European governments to put a brave face on Ireland's rejection of the European Union reform treaty.

Luxembourg 0 Wales 2: Eastwood extends unbeaten run

Freddy Eastwood put aside his frustration at club level to display his goalscoring prowess in Wales' friendly victory in Luxembourg last night. Eastwood, who has not started a Wolves game since Boxing Day, bagged a goal in each half to complete a comfortable win.

Inner London's glittering hub is most affluent region of EU

Feted worldwide as a glittering hub of the global economy, inner London yesterday underlined its primacy in Europe as a metropolis dedicated to wealth creation by retaining its position as the European Union's richest region.

A glimpse inside the forgotten world of Nazi art

In 1937, Hitler organised an exhibition of what he termed 'Degenerate Art' - and later burnt it. But some works were saved.

Broadband giveaway lifts Carphone

Carphone Warehouse, the mobile phone retailer, is struggling to keep up with voracious demand for its "free" broadband offer, with demand twice as strong as it had anticipated.

England 551-6 dec Sri Lanka 192 & 381-6: Jayawardene century reminds England that job is not yet done

On Friday evening, after posting 551 for 6 declared, and having reduced Sri Lanka to 91 for 6 in their first innings, England's cricketers would have been privately contemplating the golf course on which they would this morning be celebrating a comprehensive victory. But last night, after 185 overs in the field, Andrew Flintoff's side will have been mulling over the perils of scoring runs, however few, against Muttiah Muralitharan on a wearing pitch.

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture