Business Diary: S&P's summit is ticket to riches

Their performance during the credit crunch may have been less than stellar and they've been getting all sorts of flak during the current sovereign debt crisis, but life is still pretty good for the credit ratings agencies.

Greene ready for assault on record in Monte Carlo

Typical! Three British records in eight days, then nothing for nearly a fortnight. There could be some making up for lost time in Monte Carlo tonight, where there is a possibility of British records coming along like London buses in the IAAF Diamond League.

Van Commenee has to apologise, insists Idowu

It was five weeks ago today that a public rift first emerged between Charles van Commenee, the head coach of UK Athletics, and Phillips Idowu, the triple jumper who will be defending his World Championship title in Daegu, South Korea, next month and heading to the London Olympics as one of the big hopes for home gold a year from now. Last week Van Commenee claimed: "We have both decided to leave the incident behind us." Yesterday Idowu begged to differ.

Arsenal can replace Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri says Gervinho

New Arsenal forward Gervinho maintains the club will move on should they not be able to keep hold of wantaway captain Cesc Fabregas and contract rebel Samir Nasri.

Visit Monte Carlo without going bust

What can a single euro buy you in Monaco? <b>Simon Calder</b> explores Europe's most glamorous principality on a pocketful of small change

Charlene and Albert: Fairytale wedding or in at the deep end?

Charlene Wittstock will go from Olympic swimmer to princess when she marries Albert of Monaco tomorrow. But tales of a last-minute bolt suggest that life among the scandalous Grimaldis is no fairytale, says Alistair Dawber

No Arsenal offer for Gervinho, says Lille president

Arsenal have yet to make a formal offer for Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, according to Lille president Michel Seydoux.

Hong Kong interested in hosting Grand Prix

Hong Kong has become the latest high-profile venue to express an interest in staging a Formula One grand prix.

Today 'le macaron', tomorrow 'le monde'

Ahead of a global roll-out, Ladur&#233;e chief David Holder tells Laura Chesters why his cakes are the 'haute couture of patisserie'

Selena Gomez blames junk food for hospitalisation

Selena Gomez blames her hospitalisation on eating too much junk food.

Tom Sutcliffe: On-screen classics with text appeal

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'Very polished' rough diamond Peter Cruddas joins Tory treasury team

New Conservative co-treasurer is a philanthropist who made his fortune brokering deals

Murray cannot wait to get his teeth into 'beatable' King of Clay

A trip to the dentist follows a long list of injuries but Britain's No 1 is ready for Nadal today

Nadal next as Murray bids to end long wait for Paris finalist

Scot beats Chela in straight sets to book tie in last four against the clay-court maestro
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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

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
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

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
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own