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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

The News Matrix: Tuesday 16 April 2013

Politicians ‘should stay out of schools’

Sheryl Sandberg: Passion of a feminist power player

Gideon Spanier meets Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, whose new book on how women can overcome inequality in the workplace has provoked controversy

The News Matrix: Monday 15 April 2013

Prisoners’ perks to go under new rules

Carne Ross: He has argued it is time to seek new ways of intervening through non-violent methods

UK’s maverick diplomat Carne Ross takes on a new job – as Syrian rebels’ voice to the UN

A former British diplomat who resigned over the Iraq war has been hired  by Syrian rebels who want his advice on how to raise their voice on the world stage.

Jamie Dimon spoke of 'positive signs' that signs that US economy is 'healthy and getting stronger'

JP Morgan Chase shows 33% rise amid signs that US economy is 'healthy and getting stronger'

JP Morgan Chase, America’s largest bank by assets, surpassed expectations with its quarterly profits today, booking a 33 per cent rise as chief executive Jamie Dimon spoke of “positive signs” that the world’s largest economy is “healthy and getting stronger.”

Fed stimulus debate minutes released early

The minutes of the last meeting of the US Federal Reserve arrived five hours earlier than expected today, with the record showing a growing debate about whether the central bank should begin rolling back its stimulus measures as early as mid-year.

FTSE plunges as US economy and bird flu fears hit global markets

Fears over the health of the US economy and worries over a possible bird flu pandemic sent investors crashing down to earth today as global stock markets plunged.

S&P 500 sets record closing high

The S&P 500 index reached a record closing high last night, climbing beyond the 1,565 level struck in October 2007, a year before the collapse of the Lehman Brothers.

Jose Alfredo Martinez de Hoz, who died on 16 March at the age of 87, was a politician during the most brutal years of Argentina’s “dirty war” dictatorship

Jose Alfredo Martinez de Hoz: Politician involved in Argentina's 'dirty war'

Jose Alfredo Martinez de Hoz, who died on 16 March at the age of 87, was a politician during the most brutal years of Argentina’s “dirty war” dictatorship and architect of some of the country’s most infamous economic experiments.

Visa Europe $3bn sell-off to Americans is on the cards

Visa Europe's owners are considering selling the credit-card company and setting up a rival system across the Continent.

Jessica Lowndes, from 90210

Screentalk: Jessica joins the jet set

Tinseltown insider

UK software firm Autonomy probed over Hewlett-Packard fraud claims

HP bought the Cambridge-based software maker for $10bn in 2011 and then wrote off $8.8bn late last year in a move that stunned Wall Street.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 9 March 2013

Women's day on Wall Street

Uncertainty at IPC as Time Inc spins off magazines

The future of IPC Media, the UK-based publisher of Country Life, Marie Claire and NME, was plunged into fresh uncertainty yesterday after its US parent company Time Warner announced plans to spin off its global magazine division.

Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange

Boom-time for world markets as FTSE reaches five-year high and Dow Jones hits all-time high

World markets continued to shrug off economic worries today as London's FTSE 100 Index closed at its highest level since January 2008.

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...