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Ex-boss of IBM to review Bloomberg

Bloomberg has drafted in the help of a former head of IBM to undertake an internal review following damaging revelations that journalists with its news agency accessed private information about how users of its financial terminals used the commercial service.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has admitted that his national security team has been receiving payments from the US government for the past 10 years

Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits to millions of dollars of US payments to national security

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his national security team has been receiving payments from the US government for the past 10 years.

Defying the bombers: Spectators demonstrating their support for Boston at the London Marathon

Sir Richard Branson: More travel, not less, is the best way to defeat terrorism

What a wonderful reaction from marathon runners, supporters, businesses, charities, government and people all over the world in supporting those affected by the Boston bombings. As well as showing support for victims, getting on with life is the best way to show terrorists they will not win.

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Wikipedia in sexism row after labelling Harper Lee and others 'women novelists' while men are 'American novelists'

Feminist campaigners say they are 'disappointed' and 'shocked' at the online encyclopaedia's policy

Jeff Bauman being helped from the carnage after the explosion

Donations roll in for Jeff Bauman - Boston bombing victim who helped identify suspects after losing his legs

Friends of Bauman - who has only partial medical insurance - set up online fund which has already reached over $330,000

A picture of Chris Holmes' resignation cake was posted on twitter

Employment: A resignation letter that really rises to the occasion

We’re used to disgruntled employees’ resignations doing the rounds these days. In the internet age, those bitter parting words can be uploaded and forwarded in an instant.

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We need a stricter definition of bullying

Has the term 'bullying' become an unhelpful catch-all? In the New York Times, Emily Bazelon suggests so.

February 27, 2013: Visitors are reflected in a mirror at the Samsung stand during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. The GSMA Mobile World Congress, representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, takes place from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona.

What's new with the Samsung Galaxy S4?

Details of eye-tracking software revealed by Samsung employee

Van Cliburn: Piano virtuoso who helped thaw US-Soviet relations

New York reserves its tickertape parades for returning heroes – and in 1958 America had no greater hero than a young concert pianist from Texas named Van Cliburn. That spring he had travelled to Moscow to take part in the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition, an event intended to showcase Russian superiority in classical music. And, against every rational probability of that Cold War era, Cliburn won.

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US using secret airbase in Saudi Arabia to carry out drone strikes against al-Qa'ida militants in Yemen

First drone strike launched from the base believed to have been the one that killed Anwar al-Awlaki

David Plouffe has been called back into active service by Barack Obama, charged with revitalising the Democrat drive for elections

Barack Obama says goodbye to David Plouffe

America's President has long been known to rely on two male aides more than any other: David Axelrod and David Plouffe. These men have contrasting comportments and characters. Axelrod is a scruffy extrovert; Plouffe is a meticulous introvert. And both men are united in the fact that they have now left Barack Obama's side.

President Barack Obama may be forced to accept the imminent departure of his Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner

Is Barack Obama a lousy manager?

As the President is sworn in for his second term, several critical commentators have alighted on the issue of his management skills. And on these, something like a consensus is emerging, in which it's commonly said that he doesn't really have any.

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Man throws 'bleach' in the face of New York Rabbi who campaigns against child sex abuse

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg believes attack is related to sexual abuse conviction of an ultra-Orthodox Jew

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game