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ITV buys stake in ‘Teen Wolf’ firm

Microsoft earnings fall despite Windows 8 boost

Microsoft's profits dipped during the three months to the end of last year, even though it reported a solid start for its new Windows 8 operating system.

Postcard from... India

Though Prema Jayakumar's father works as a rickshaw driver in Mumbai, he did what he could to ensure that she and her siblings got the best education he could manage.

Gareth Bale

Champions League failure proves costly for Tottenham Hotspur

London club announce loss for last season

Rate-appeals backlog 'sending shops to wall'

Retailers and their advisers have called for urgent action to deal with a huge backlog of business rate appeals, warning that delays in refunding struggling shops could put them out of business.

Man who fled UK after fraud jailed in absence

One of the two Luqman brothers being hunted in Pakistan for defrauding Barclays Bank out of £100m has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence.

Stobart warns of a slowdown

The lorries and logistics group Stobart has warned its operating performance will miss expectations this year, blaming the "uncertain economic environment".

David Cameron and Nick Clegg meet Brixton schoolchildren last month

Government facing accusations of spin and whitewash after publishing 'audit' of its time in power

Report lists dozens of targets that have not been achieved or have been dropped

Traders' email messages give frauds away, study shows

Rogue traders capable of losing banks and other financial institutions billions in illegal or unauthorised transactions could be caught before their losses soar too high by analysing their email exchanges with colleagues, new research has found.

Anthony Hilton: Politics puts the block on pension money saver

The financier and businessman Ed Truell worked out a few months ago that merging all the local-authority pensions schemes in this country would save up to £35bn over five years through lower costs, greater efficiency and more productive investment.

M&As nosedive since economic crisis

The value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals completed in the UK has fallen by two-thirds since the start of the financial crisis, it has emerged.

Google 'avoids billions in taxes via Bermuda'

Type “Bermuda tax” into Google and the search engine’s high-tech algorithm completes the phrase with a number of suggestions, including, “haven”.

John Lewis predicts record mega Mondays

Retailer expects to beat £7.4m online sales in last two big days of Christmas

Taxing time for Christmas markets

Foreign traders at UK Christmas markets could be hit by hefty VAT bills this year, it has been warned.

George Osborne gets a taste of his own medicine

On Wednesday George Osborne will baffle the nation with statistics when he presents his Autumn Statement, but today it was his turn to put on a 1,000-yard stare when he visited his local HMRC offices in Westminster.

Rainy November casts gloom on high street

The foul weather in late November decimated footfall across the high street, reinforcing the view that shoppers will leave their festive spending to the last minute this year.

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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