GE plans to open new research centre in the developing world

General Electric is to open another research centre in the developing world, following similar ventures in China and India.

Merck Finck heir sues brothers for family bank sale to Barclays

'Black sheep' baron claims he was cheated by half-brothers who bought him out in 1985

Busby Babe Albert Scanlon passes away

Former Manchester United winger and Busby Babe Albert Scanlon has died at the age of 74, the club have confirmed.

Siemens bribery deal close

Former managers agree to pay £18m compensation after three-year investigation

Leading article: The final trial

It would no doubt be fitting if the long decades of hunting down Nazi criminals were capped by a last, climactic trial in which a major perpetrator of the genocide against Jews was forced to face his victims and meet his just deserts.

Oktoberfests around the Globe

Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world, kicked off its 176th season in Munich on Saturday

Geoffrey Wheatcroft: A man of war who was an even greater man of peace

Winston Churchill is continually quoted and misquoted, used and abused

Album: Jesse Dee, Bittersweet Batch, (Munich)

White-boy retro-soul, long on attitude and stomp, short on subtlety.

BMW heiress victim of new sex blackmail

German police arrested three men suspected of attempting to blackmail Susanne Klatten, the country's wealthiest woman, by claiming they had a secret video of her affair with a Swiss gigolo, prosecutors said today.

Simon Calder: No scrum for the XV flying to 'Munich West'

Fifteen: the degrees of longitude corresponding to a one-hour zone as you make your way around the planet; the name of Jamie Oliver's "global social enterprise brand" which now has restaurants in London, Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne; and the number of passengers on flight FR2406 on Tuesday.

Shoot to kill, Britain's answer to massacre at Munich

Secret document reveals MoD advice after 1972 slaughter of Israeli athletes

The Ghost of Munich, By Georges-Marc Benamou

"In Munich I had obtained a temporary reprieve, but the execution would still take place." This documentary novel, from a former adviser to Mitterrand with an insider's grasp of behind-the-scenes intrigue, revisits the Munich summit of 1938 through the eyes of French president Daladier, as much Hitler's fall-guy as Neville Chamberlain.

24-Hour Room Service: The Charles Munich, Germany

Born in Italy, raised in Britain and ennobled by Margaret Thatcher, Charles Forte was one of Britain's greatest hoteliers, yet the hotel that bears his name isn't in Britain or Italy but in Munich. Lord Forte died in February 2007, at the grand old age of 98, and the Charles Hotel is his monument – an Italianate landmark in this Bavarian metropolis that's described by many Germans (and even some Italians) as Italy's most northern city. Charles Forte, who would have celebrated his centenary last November, surely would have approved.

David Hemery remembers Munich 1972

'It was a quiet morning ... until I turned on the TV'

Album: Tony Joe White, Deep Cuts (Munich)

Swamp-rock auteur Tony Joe White is best known for "Polk Salad Annie", so it's surprising it's not on this set of revisitations.

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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