News Gigi Chao pictured with her father, Cecil

Property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung first offered £40 million after his daughter Gigi Chao entered into a civil partnership

Lotus boss: I was sacked to pave way for sell-off

The sacked boss of Lotus has argued that he lost his job as the car maker's new Malaysian owners sought to sell the business.

Three-year-old Malaysian girl killed in suspected exorcism ritual

A three-year-old girl was killed in a suspected exorcism ritual by family members who believed she was possessed by evil spirits, Malaysian police said today.

Badminton: Lee falls just short of summit

Lee Chong Wei moved heaven and earth in his bid to win Malaysia's first Olympic gold medal yesterday – but in the end he could not quite conquer badminton's highest peak.

July 30, 2012: Larry Godfrey of Great Britain competes in his Men's Individual 1/32 Eliminations Archery match against Emdadul Haque Milon of Bangladesh

Archery: Team GB hopes of archery medal end as Larry Godfrey is knocked out

Great Britain's hopes of an archery medal are over after their last man standing, Larry Godfrey, was knocked out in the last 16 on a one-arrow shoot-off.

Towering ambition: the only pig spotted flying over the Battersea Power Station was this giant inflatable one re-creating Pink Floyd's cover of their 1977’s album Animals

£8bn new look for power station

Plans for an £8bn redevelopment of Battersea power station were unveiled last night as a precursor for a series of trade deals that the Government hopes will be clinched during the Olympics.

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Arsene Wenger admits there is 'some work to do' as Arsenal prepare for new season

Arsene Wenger accepts there is "still some work to do" as Arsenal step up their pre-season preparations ahead of Friday's clash against Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City in Beijing.

Jack Wilshere hasn’t played now for almost exactly a year

Wilshere says he could be back in action next month

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is still hopeful of returning to action by the end of August, despite the latest gloomy update from Arsene Wenger that the player's comeback is still so far off that he cannot even put a date on when he may play for the club again.

OUT INJURED: Jack Wilshere (pictured), Michael Dawson, Chris Smalling, Tom Huddlestone, Jack Rodwell

Jack Wilshere says he could be back in action for Arsenal next month

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is still hopeful of returning to action by the end of August, despite the latest gloomy update from Arsene Wenger that the player's comeback is still so far off that he cannot even put a date on when he may play for the club again.

The Qatari was ousted from Fifa for trying to buy votes while challenging Sepp Blatter for presidency of football's world governing body last year

Mohamed bin Hammam suspended by Asian Football Confederation

The Asian Football Confederation accused its disgraced president Mohammed bin Hammam of bribery after an internal audit revealed fresh allegations of financial wrongdoings by the Qatari football official.

Malaysians win the battle for Battersea Power Station

The Malaysian property giants SP Setia and Sime Darby Asian have exchanged contracts to buy the 39-acre Battersea Power Station site from receivers Ernst & Young for £400m.

Felda Global flourishes in flotation

The Malaysian palm oil firm, Felda Global, surged 20 per cent in its trading debut in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, as investors cheered on the world's second-largest initial public offering (IPO) after Facebook's botched float and the company pledged stronger profits in the coming months.

Council offers Chelsea stadium help

Chelsea could get help from Hammersmith and Fulham Council to upgrade Stamford Bridge after their latest attempt to find a new stadium site failed.

Sacked chief executive Dany Bahar

It's the end of the road for dashing chief executive who lived the Lotus life

Company sacks boss over claims he gave away sports cars, reports Margareta Pagano

Towering ambition: the only pig spotted flying over the Battersea Power Station was this giant inflatable one re-creating Pink Floyd's cover of their 1977’s album Animals

Philip Hensher: Battersea Power Station - The white elephant saved? Pigs might fly

I see Battersea Power Station every day, and, even in its dilapidated state, it never fails to raise the spirits.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee