Villepin back in court over anti-Sarkozy 'smear plot'

The former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin went back on trial yesterday, accused of condoning a plot to discredit President Nicolas Sarkozy before the 2007 presidential election.

Sky wins set-top box ruling

Satellite broadcaster Sky today won a European legal battle over customs duties on imports of its Sky+ box.

Rowland's bank raided by SFO

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) yesterday expanded its investigation into the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing by raiding five addresses in Luxembourg, including the business premises of David Rowland, the former Conservative Party treasurer.

Ribéry and Evra expect jeers from France fans

Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra expect to attract boos and whistles tonight when they make their first home appearance for France since being banned for leading a mutiny during last year's World Cup.

Patrice Evra moving on from World Cup 'scar'

Patrice Evra concedes he will always "live with the scar" of his role in France's World Cup debacle last year but is nevertheless determined to become a positive force for Les Bleus in the future.

Evra and Ribéry return for France

France coach Laurent Blanc has included Patrice Evra and Franck Ribéry in his squad for next Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Luxembourg, while also recalling the Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri.

Ward digs deep in five-set epic to lift Britain off the bottom

Beating arguably the weakest opposition Britain have ever faced in the Davis Cup should be kept in perspective, but James Ward had every right to be proud of his tie-winning performance against Tunisia here yesterday. Ward secured victory in this Europe Africa Zone Group Two tie by beating Malek Jaziri 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 after a gruelling encounter that lasted 15 minutes short of four hours.

Rentokil's profits tumble after £95m City Link hit

The chief executive of Rentokil, the pest control to property services group, has accused former management at City Link of "losing the plot", as its parcel delivery unit caused a sharp drop in profits last year.

SuperGroup acquires €40m partner to drive growth

SuperGroup, the owner of the trendy Superdry brand, is to embark on a major expansion in Europe after revealing yesterday that it had acquired its Benelux and French franchise partner for up to €40m (£34m) in cash and shares.

'Bullying' ambassador loses Obama's favour

A wealthy supporter of President Barack Obama, who was parachuted into the enviable job of US ambassador to Luxembourg, has quit after a damning report accused her of filing dodgy expense claims and being "aggressive, bullying, hostile and intimidating" towards staff.

The City Diary: Loose cash

I'll begin with a curious case involving Christo Wiese, one of South Africa's most prominent businessmen and a former chairman of our own Instore (Brown & Jackson as was), erstwhile owner of discount retailer Poundstretcher.

Lifemark victims to be paid out in full

About 19,000 people who lost money in Lifemark bonds they bought through the collapsed investment firm Keydata are to receive compensation up to the full limit paid out by the UK's savings safety net.

Labour put limits on Iraq Inquiry to keep the US happy

Gordon Brown's Government secretly promised to limit the extent of the Iraq war inquiry to prevent damage to the United States, the leaked cables disclosed. The pledge – made last September as the Chilcot inquiry into the war started – threatens to damage the credibility of the investigation, which is due to report in the new year.

Luxembourg referee 'kept in dark' over strike

Luxembourg referee Alain Hamer may have reconsidered his part in officiating in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last weekend if he had been informed of the reason for the Scottish refereeing strike sooner than two hours before kick-off.

The Cost Of Living, By Mavis Gallant

Largely selected from the pages of The New Yorker, this collection of the early work of Canadian short story writer, Mavis Gallant, kicks off with her first published story, "Madeline's Birthday" (1951), and ends with the novella-length "The Burgundy Weekend" (1971). As with the best writers of short fiction, Gallant's primary subject is loneliness and the exquisite sadness of being exiled from home.

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

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