News Cameron promised to pull the Conservatives out of the European People's Party because it is too pro-EU

David Cameron heads off to Russia on Thursday for the G20 summit of world leaders, promising that he is not going to shy away from tackling Vladimir Putin, pictured, about a couple of very serious differences between Russia’s regime and ours.

Small Talk: Patsystems extends its reach with deal to buy US-based Mixit

The market for exchange traded derivatives – which are different from the over-the-counter variety traded directly between two parties – has seen strong growth in recent times. Earlier this year, a report from the World Federation of Exchanges, an industry association whose membership features 52 exchanges around the world, showed that, despite the impact of the global financial crisis, trading in derivatives on regulated exchanges surged by 25 per cent in 2010.

Mongolian spy was 'victim of plot to lure him to UK'

A Mongolian spy chief was the target of a "secret plan" by the Foreign Office to lure him to Britain by encouraging a diplomatic visit which officials knew would result in his arrest, the High Court heard yesterday.

Hit-and-run stirs ethnic tensions in Inner Mongolia

Police tightened security in the capital of China's vast region of Inner Mongolia yesterday after nearly a week of protests.

A new horde of invaders in the land of Genghis Khan

Mining promises fabulous wealth for Mongolia. Clifford Coonan reports from Ulan Bator

Margareta Pagano: London's drive to Hong Kong, via Mongolia

Mongolia's stock exchange is the prettiest pink-and-white, neoclassical fairytale affair, once a children's cinema, across the road from the parliament in Ulan Bator.

Mongolian spy fights extradition

A mongolian spy chief has lodged an appeal after a judge ruled he could be sent to Germany to face charges of kidnap and false imprisonment.

Spy chief loses extradition appeal

A Mongolian spy chief has lodged an appeal after a judge ruled he could be sent to Germany to face charges of kidnap and false imprisonment.

Extradition for Mongolian spy

Mongolian spy chief Bat Khurts, who claims he was lured to the UK so that he could be arrested and jailed under a European Arrest Warrant, can be extradited to Germany, a judge has ruled.

Mongolian spy chief loses extradition case

Mongolian spy chief Bat Khurts, who claims he was lured to the UK so he could be arrested and jailed under a European Arrest Warrant, can be extradited to Germany, a judge ruled today.

David Prosser: The London Stock Exchange struggles to stay with the pace

Outlook For those who do not follow the relatively arcane world of international stock exchanges, the news that the London Stock Exchange, the grand-daddy of them all, is no longer a Premier League player in its industry may come as a surprise. But that is the truth of the matter: assuming the deal with TMX goes through, the combined operation would still only be the world's seventh-largest bourse.

Mystery of the mummy's Chinese travel ban

For her advanced years, she looks remarkable. Despite nearing the ripe old age of 4,000, long eyelashes still frame her half-open eyes and hair tumbles down to her remarkably well-preserved shoulders.

Origo seeks $80m to fund expansion

Origo Partners, an Aim-listed private equity company focused on China, hopes to raise up to $80m (£50m) to expand in Mongolia.

Bankers to brave -30C to pitch for Mongolian mine

More than 20 of the world's biggest investment banks will next week to pitch for roles on a potential $8bn London listing of a state-owned Mongolian coal mine.

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Lucrative contracts threatened as agent languishes in Wandsworth prison
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