Arts and Entertainment Lorde and Disclosure have been confirmed to play at this year's Brit Awards 2014

The acts will join Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding

Beware the great British ticket scammers

Festival-goers and football fans are being warned to be wary of a new rash of online ticket scams.

Hodgson handed England chance

Charlie Hodgson will return to England colours for the first time in two years on Sunday after being named as the starting fly-half to face the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Business Diary: Gross says no to a drink and a chat

Bill Gross is feeling grumpy – and not just about the prospects for gilts, though the boss of Pimco, the world's largest bond fund, is no fan of UK debt. No, what's upset Gross is the uselessness of cocktail parties: his March investment outlook starts with a long whinge on the subject. "I lean strongly in the direction of a warm bed and peace as opposed to a glass of tinkling ice cubes and a room resonating with high-decibel blather," says Mr Unsociable.

Bad-boy Gallagher aside, it was a tame Brits night

It's the biggest night in the British music industry calendar, renowned for drunkenness, bad language, feuds and bad behaviour. But last night the 30th Brit Awards ceremony was a noticeably more well-behaved affair.

Last days of the cashback credit cards

Companies are instead moving to cheaper points schemes. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Consuming Issues: How to navigate through Ryanair's maze of charges

People say low-cost travel is easy, but travellers need stamina and guile to negotiate Ryanair's maze of charges.

Free cash withdrawals at Santander branches in Spain

Santander has become the first international bank to provide free access to ATMs for Britons travelling abroad. From Monday, Santander's UK customers will enjoy all 4,300 of its ATMs in Spain without being charged for cash withdrawals.

Quick-fix loans are tempting, but beware...

Just £100 can turn into a monster debt if you don't pay it back on time. Chiara Cavaglieri reports on the alternatives to bank overdrafts

Liz Hoggard: It's out of credit, but I owe the cheque book

So farewell the cheque book. Now that plastic is king, cheques are to be consign-ed to the history books after 350 years. Yesterday the Payments Council announced they will be phased out by 2018. Will today's teens – who rely on debit cards or bank online – ever understand the romance the cheque book once embodied? My generation spent years in front of the mirror practising our best grown-up signatures. It didn't matter that you didn't actually have any money. It was a rite of passage, like experimenting with Charlie perfume or herbal cigarettes.

Credit: Make sure a new year hangover is not on the cards

As the shopping festivities start, Chiara Cavaglieri shows how to stop your flexible friend from becoming a fiend

Ryanair to close no-fee loophole

Ryanair will charge passengers to book flights using a popular debit card from next year, ending one way of avoiding the fee for using a credit card.

Shape up your spending for the countdown to Christmas

Festive shopping doesn't have to be stressful – if you know what you want in advance. Rob Griffin presents a selection of cost- and time-saving ideas
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

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