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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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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album