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My Week If there was any justice in the financial world, the people who run the big debt rating agencies would be hanging from lamp-posts along with the investment bankers for the way in which their activities contributed to the 2008 financial crash. But they emerged pretty well unscathed, barring a few uncomfortable sessions before congressional committees. Politicians threatened all sorts of legislative nasties at the time, but it turned out to be all sound and fury signifying not very much.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been given a vote of confidence from owner Vincent Tan

Malky Mackay to seek assurances over Cardiff City future in meeting with Vincent Tan later today

The Bluebirds manager has had his future thrown into doubt after Tan dismissed Iain Moody to replace him with his son's friend Alisher Apsalyamov

Vincent Tan and Malky Mackay

Cardiff City to hold board meeting in wake of speculation around future of manager Malky Mackay

Earlier this week Iain Moody was removed as head of recruitment and replaced with a 23-year-old

Vincent Tan and Malky Mackay

Future of Malky Mackay under threat after Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan sidelines key assistant

Bluebirds' head scout replaced by 23-year-old friend of controversial club owner's son

Hamish McRae: With political calamities piling up, why are markets so keen on the US?

There is one concern that even optimists need to acknowledge. The US may, indeed, default

Buffett backs Canadian oil sands boom

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is betting on Alberta's oil sands boom, buying a stake in the Canadian-based energy giant Suncor, according to regulatory filings.

IMF raises UK growth forecast but trade and output data disappoint

The International Monetary Fund partially reversed its previous cut to its UK growth forecasts yesterday, but weak manufacturing figures showed that the economy remains deeply unbalanced.

An adaptation of Charlotte Rogan's book The Lifeboat has Anne Hathaway attached to star in and produce

Screen Talk: Hello, Hathaway, we've a problem

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The Co-op defended its banking business today

Lloyds denies Co-op deal pressure

Lloyds Banking Group bosses denied political pressure to accept the Co-operative Bank's ill-fated £700 million bid for its branches today, insisting they acted in the best interests of shareholders.

The Co-op has been under intense scrutiny after pulling out of a deal to buy more than 600 branches from Lloyds Banking Group

Co-op drafts in 'bad bank' boss to tackle its £1bn black hole

The Co-op today called in the boss of Britain's official "bad bank" to sort out its own troubled lender.

Co-op Bank said Tootell had been specifically appointed to lead the bank through the potential Project Verde takeover of Lloyds branches

Co-op bank boss quits as Moody's downgrades credit rating and raises spectre of 'external support'

Chief executive quits amid news that ‘external support’ may be needed to plug £1bn hole in balance sheet

The Co-op defended its banking business today

Q&A: Co-op bank's downgrade - should I be worried?

Should I be worried about my Co-op Bank account?

George Osborne's credibility may take another hit, after Fitch credit rating agency downgraded the UK's rating

Another blow for George Osborne as Fitch downgrades UK's credit rating

Agency worried by 'weaker economic and fiscal outlook'

Anthony Hilton: Credit rating agencies? You cannot be serious

The big change this week was that the UK was no longer rated triple A by the credit analysts at Moody's and there was apprehension at how the markets would react.

James Moore: It's not just the weather that's making homebuyers batten down the hatches

Outlook. Plus: Hiscox quits with a storming success; Pearson boss vows to stick with the FT

City refuses to panic over the loss of UK's AAA credit rating

The City refused to panic over the loss of the UK’s AAA rating today as shares headed higher and sterling avoided a major sell-off.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?