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The POTUS has revealed his past as a pot-user. These days, says David Usborne, Barack Obama has other vices

Investor hit with $9.6m fine over illegal deals

FSA dishes out record punishment to Indian businessman following scam at Stock Exchange

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Is that another bland conglomerate?

The Da Vinci feud: has the National Gallery snubbed a Leonardo masterpiece?

Owner says ego and expediency are behind the rejection of his 'genuine' Leonardo

Herman Cain said people were 'trying to destroy me personally'

Fourth woman claims Herman Cain harassment

Another woman has accused Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment.

Face to watch: Tom Allen's light-entertainment prowess is being recognised on the small screen with two upcoming presenting gigs for E4

Agenda: Tom Allen; Manson; Ryan Gosling; Mazzy Star

Fashion: Now the shoe's on the other foot

Didcot in Oxfordshire is overshadowed by its power station

Man about towns: Comedian Mark Steel reveals why British towns are anything but boring

They might have identikit chain stores and car parks – but every town in Britain has a distinct character. So argues comedian Mark Steel, who has made provincial pilgrimages from Basingstoke to Wigan

Jack Goes Boating (15)

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Occupy Oakland protesters shut down the US’s fifth busiest port yesterday

Oakland erupts into violence as demonstrators shut down port

The Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrated both its power and its potentially ugly side as demonstrators in the Californian city of Oakland shut down the fifth-busiest port in the US, before a night of violence that landed at least four protesters in hospital.

MF Global administrator vows to close broker's positions within days

More than 700 staff in London are told they will be paid this month – but their jobs are still at risk

MF Global suspended from trading

The New York Fed suspended MF Global from conducting new business with the central bank today and its shares were suspended, as the troubled brokerage nears a deal on its future.

Ready To Wear: The fight over red is really just about the colour of money

"The colour red just got some support from the colour blue," read a story in Women's Wear Daily last Tuesday, which is WWD speak for the fact that jeweller Tiffany is backing shoemaker Christian Louboutin in an attempt to persuade the legal world that colour can be trademarked.

Letter from the i editor: It's better to receive than give

I was going to write about what I learnt at the i birthday party today, but in truth that second sambucca shot made for a poor teacher.

'Broker' admits sale of black-market kidneys

A New York man has pleaded guilty to brokering the sale of black-market organs in what prosecutors said was the first US conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit.

Diary: The talking dead

It's every teenage girl's dream: a séance with James Franco (above left). The Hollywood actor/ artist/everything will present a new three-part work inspired by Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie inNew York next month.

Letter from the i editor: A truly happy birthday

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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