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Rupert Murdoch's flagship media business, the TV and film giant 21st Century Fox, plans to cut its links with his native land by delisting from the Australian stock market.

James Moore: Kraft came hunting in the only country that would sell – Britain

Kraft has been grappling with a problem. Its growth has been at best tepid and (as a result) the company's share price has done nothing very much. Like so many others, its executives have come up with a strikingly unoriginal solution to their problem. They've found another company with more potential and bought it. For much less than the long-term potential of said company (Cadbury) should make it worth.

Dubai's DP World seeks London listing

Just days after committing £130m to kickstart the London Gateway container port scheme, Dubai's DP World is looking for a London listing for its shares.

Virgin Media prepares for London listing to attract new UK investors

Virgin Media is pushing ahead with plans to take a secondary listing in the UK as it looks to raise its domestic profile and the number of its investors. The company, which provides television, broadband and telephone packages to customers in the UK, is listed on the Nasdaq stock market in the US.

AstraZeneca on verge of US licensing deal

AstraZeneca has penned a licensing deal with a US biotechnology group that could see the UK’s second biggest drugs group pay up to $735m for two constipation treatments.

Project Turquoise offered for sale to major exchange groups

Nasdaq OMX seen as most likely buyer for loss-making share trading platform

Dame Clara faces shareholder opposition to L&G chairmanship

Former LSE boss would 'clearly relish the challenge' of £325,000-a-year role at insurer

Investment Column: Autonomy should be a top pick for buyers

Our view: Buy

Share price: 1336p (+1p)

US officials seize Madoff fishing boat in Florida

US officials in Florida today seized a 56-foot sports fishing boat belonging to disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff, which was docked at a local marina, a marina employee said.

Madoff admits blockbuster fraud

Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty today to charges he orchestrated the biggest financial swindle in Wall Street history, cheating investors out of billions of dollars in a fraud that shocked the public and drew demands for stricter regulations.

Madoff investigation launched in UK

An investigation was launched today into the British activities of alleged multi-billion-pound fraudster Bernard Madoff.

Banks fear for billions in Wall St 'scam'

Financial giants revealed potential losses of almost £4 billion today as they joined a queue of investors caught up in an alleged fraud by investment manager Bernard Madoff.

Tullett and GFI resume merger talks

Tullett Prebon last night admitted it was in merger talks with rival GFI Group to create one of the two largest interdealer brokers in the world.

LSE to launch Baikal trading platform with Lehman Bros

The London Stock Exchange has fired a broadside in the battle for domination in European shares trading, as it prepares to launch an electronic trading platform with Lehman Brothers which will go head-to-head with rivals from September.

NYSE Euronext challenges rivals with 30% cut in trading fees

The price war among the exchanges in Europe intensified yesterday as the transatlantic powerhouse NYSE Euronext slashed its fees to help repel competition from three rival markets preparing to launch this year.

LSE shares slump as float activity grinds to a halt

Shares in the London Stock Exchange (LSE) crashed to a near-52-week low on Friday ahead of a trading statement this week that will show the extent to which the credit crunch is biting into revenues.

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Paul Scholes column

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

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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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
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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