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Online sales climbed a record breaking 58% as HoF celebrated 'best ever' Christmas

Mandelson uncut: Election rift with PM

Business Secretary rejects Gordon Brown's class war strategy and predicts the general election will be a close-run thing

Matthew Norman: How about a supertax on Blair?

The ex-PM mirrors the bankers in seeming to be rewarded for poor judgement.

Kingman to take up Rothschild's role after quitting as Treasury's bank chief

John Kingman, the chief executive of UKFI, the body that looks after state-owned stakes in Britain's banks, will be the latest recruit to Rothschild, the blue-blooded bank will announce this week.

UKFI's Kingman heads to Rothschild

John Kingman, the former Treasury civil servant and outgoing chief executive of UKFI, the body charged with managing the taxpayer's stakes in Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland, is expected to take a senior role at Rothschild, the independent investment bank.

48 Hours In: Tel Aviv

Israel's most cosmopolitan city offers beach life, fine dining and a lively cultural scene

For sale: one bridge, a bookmaker and millions of student loans

Brown gambles on huge sale of assets to balance books

How Cameron cosied up to Murdoch & Son

The Sun's decision to turn against Labour was the reward for years of shrewd politicking and social networking by the Tory leader and his team. Andy McSmith reports

Gillett rubbishes Liverpool takeover reports

Liverpool co-owner George Gillett has played down speculation that a buy-out of the Barclays Premier League club is imminent.

Liverpool owners deny selling talk

Liverpool's co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks have issued a joint statement rubbishing reports that either party are preparing to sell their stake in the club.

Liverpool's £20m buying cap revealed in club report

Benitez must work with limited transfer and wages budget for next five years

Yell to seek £350m from investors to ease debt

Yell, the Ftse-250 directories group, is thought to be plotting a £350m rights issue by the end of the year to curb its massive debt burden.

Women at work: As the older generation of YBAs grows up, a new set of female creators is taking over

On the eve of a show at London's Whitechapel gallery that celebrates some of the most talented female artists, Hannah Duguid finds that, though they are less upfront than their predecessors, they are still producing fascinating art

From Libya to London: the world of a wild child turned power-broker

The financier Nat Rothschild is at the centre of a web of international intrigue, reports Lewis Smith

Scottish giant Johnston Press close to refinancing £500m debt

Lloyds and RBS would be performing 'a highly political act' if they pulled the plug on publisher

Osborne versus Mandelson: The grudge match

They both stand at their leader's right hand – smart political strategists and compulsive gossips with a taste for high-living. And there's not much love lost between them.
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness