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Mercedes-Benz accused of breaking competition rules

The consumer watchdog said today that German carmarker Mercedes-Benz and five UK dealers of its trucks and vans may have broken competition law by co-operating illegally.

Shops to launch warranty comparison website

Major UK electrical retailers will set up a price-comparison website for extended warranties as part of a series of measures to placate competition authorities.

Dods pulls plug on DeHavilland Political Intelligence bid

Dods, the parliamentary publisher and data platform, yesterday pulled the plug on its planned £12.8m purchase of DeHavilland Political Intelligence from the private equity-owned publisher Emap.

OFT refers Dods' DeHavilland deal

The Office of Fair Trading has referred Dods' £12.8m acquisition of the politicial intelligence division of DeHavilland to the Competition Commission.

Heavy-hitters lined up for competiton watchdog role

A former chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission and a top European official are "big hitters" that have been linked to chairing the UK's new competition regulator.

Payday lender Wonga considering US stock market flotation

Payday lender Wonga is reported to be considering a US stock market flotation that could value the business at more than £1 billion.

Julian Knight: We all lose out in this greedy cash-in on car crashes

All drivers have to pay through rising premiums when the insurance market connives in high costs

No accident: car insurers accused of deliberate plot to drive up bills

Excessive repair and car hire rates between rival firms is forcing up cost of policies for drivers

Competition Commission to launch investigation into motor insurance market

Car insurers were facing a full-blown inquiry today over claims that their "dysfunctional" practices pushed up premiums by £225 million a year.

Patients 'misled by private dentists'

Dentists may be misleading their patients about their NHS entitlements to prompt them to pay for private care, a watchdog has said.

EU court upholds hidden credit card costs ban

The Government is being urged to cut hidden credit and debit card costs which are said to be “strangling” UK retailers, following a European court ruling against MasterCard today.

James Moore: Wonga should be told when it is in the wrong

Outlook Wonga.com likes to claim that it is a "responsible lender" which is largely based on the fact that it shamelessly boasts about its usurious interest rates and charges.

Wonga attacked for customer letters

Payday lender Wonga.com has been criticised by the trading watchdog for using aggressive and misleading debt collection methods.

The airline that pioneered charges for checked-in baggage has abandoned its £9 flat fee for paying with debit cards.

Flybe becomes first budget airline to drop £9 debit card fees

Change comes as the Office of Fair Trading is considering legal action against travel firms that refuse to scrap debit-card charges.

Jeremy Hunt insisted today he had behaved fairly over News Corporation's bid to take over BSkyB

FSA considering investigation into Hunt and Smith

The City watchdog may investigate Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his adviser over whether the secret briefing of News Corp during the company's £8bn bid for BSkyB amounted to "market abuse".

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Russia Today’s new UK channel began broadcasting yesterday. Discussions so far have included why Britons see Russia as ‘the bad guy’
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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes