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Standard Chartered has been accused of laundering $250bn from Iran

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Standard Chartered, one of Britain's most distinguished global banks, has been accused by US regulators of laundering $250bn from Iran and behaving like a "rogue institution", in the latest catastrophic blow to the international reputation of the City of London.

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Dmitri Nabokov, the son of the Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov, tried to escape the shadow of his father's legacy, pursuing interests as diverse as opera singing and racing-car driving. But it was to the translation, preservation and championing of his father's work that he returned time and again.

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Bob Geldof leans, stony-faced, against a wall as his daughter Peaches’ fiancé Thomas Cohen performs.

Kennedy is charged after tussle with nurses

The son of the murdered US Senator Bobby Kennedy is facing criminal charges after a confrontation with two nurses as he tried to take his newborn baby for fresh air, his lawyer said yesterday.

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Ben Gordon has confirmed his intention to play for Great Britain at the Olympics

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Detroit Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon has confirmed his intention to play for Great Britain at the Olympics.

Yayoi Kusama, Tate Modern, London

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Battersea Power Station offered for sale

One of the UK's most striking buildings is to be offered for sale on the open market for the first time in its history.

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Picture preview: Charline von Heyl, Tate Liverpool

An exhibition of the work of New York-based artist Charline von Heyl will open at the Tate Liverpool tomorrow.

Metcalf: 'If you want to know anything about metal, here is the man!'

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From his long reign as grand seigneur of Santa Clara del Cobre, high in the Michoacá* mountains of Mexico, James "Jimmy" Metcalf could look back on an extraordinary life in which he knew "everyone" and did everything.

Niagara Falls stunt to go ahead

Canada has cleared the way for a member of the Flying Wallenda family of daredevils to attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls during the summer.

Hope: A Tragedy, By Shalom Auslander

Shalom Auslander's God is blood-brother to Randy Newman's: "I burn down your cities – how blind you must be/ I take from you your children and you say how blessed are we/ You all must be crazy to put your faith in me/ That's why I love mankind". In Auslander's first book, Beware of God, God is a serial killer; in his second, Foreskin's Lament, it's God's representatives on earth - the orthodox Jews – who do His dirty work for Him. And now – in his third book (and first novel), it's the history God has imposed upon His Chosen People that does the damage.

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