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Aviva has been forced to set aside almost £100m after two former workers in its fund management arm breached its trading policy.   

Flooding costs extra £75m for insurer

Norwich Union insurer Aviva today added another £75 million to its estimate for claims stemming from last summer's flooding crisis.

Norwich Union to pay £2.1bn bonus to break impasse over surpluses

Aviva yesterday announced a £2.1bn special bonus for policyholders of its Norwich Union with-profits funds, as it attempted to accelerate talks with Clare Spottiswoode, the policyholder advocate, over sharing out the funds' remaining surpluses.

Commercial property managers in race to prevent investor panic

Britain's largest commercial property managers rushed to prevent a run on their funds yesterday, as investors began to panic following Scottish Equitable's decision to prevent some investors from withdrawing their savings for as long as 12 months.

Arcelor rebels threaten to sue board members

Rebel shareholders in Arcelor plan to sue individual members of the steel group's board if it continues to effectively ignore their resistance to a merger with the Russian group Severstal.

Sale 22 Wasps 12: Robinson's knockout blow seals Sale win

The last act of dispossession was performed by the monumental Sébastien Chabal, who, joyously alert to the fact that there were precisely no seconds left on the official game clock, crawled over the near touchline with the ball wholly concealed in the deepest recesses of his armpit and Simon Shaw - no midget himself at the best part of 20st - clinging for dear life to his back. It was a fitting finale, not least because the French No 8 had carried the world on his shoulders for 90-plus minutes of brutal rugby. He is, to be sure, an Atlas for the union game.

Leading article: A law too precious to be sacrificed to populism

The Prime Minister, we are told, is planning to put a month of disarray behind him today by re-launching his reform agenda in a major speech. Forgive our scepticism, but in at least one crucial respect - the criminal justice system - that agenda is already looking less like reform and more and more like retrenchment.

Athletics: Exit Kelly, enter the lady from nowhere

Karen Harewood took up the sport only two years ago - now she's an 800m star in the making

Sue Arnold: Make me our Minister of Family Affairs

The trend for thirty-something men is to steer clear of anything that smacks of responsibility

The Investment Column: Morgan Stanley raises note of caution for UK life assurers

Car dealer Lookers can accelerate as overall market goes into reverse; Consulting group is only for the brave

Athletics: East's change of direction points to the new world

Britain's brightest middle-distance hope has moved from nowhere man to contender. Simon Turnbull talks to him

Athletics: Cool Douglas takes a giant leap forward

British triple-jumping hope aims to peak in 2012 as he plans to emulate the feats of his hero Edwards

Millions warned to opt back into state second pension

Advisers warn that more than six million savers may be worse off in retirement. David Prosser reports
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But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Russia's gulag museum

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable