Arts and Entertainment

An anthology of stories which have won the Asham Award, as well as additional tales by established Virago authors, this is a book of journeys, meetings and partings, flights and homecomings.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Problems aplenty emerge in the great bank bailout

There's a problem Houston – the Lloyds dividend; Don't bank on bounce back in bank shares; Sir Philip Green to capitalise on decade of debt

Walker drops Woolworths to buys bits of Iceland

Malcolm Walker, founder of the frozen food chain Iceland, is thought to have ended his interest in buying Woolworths, and is instead deciding whether to buy up chunks of his group owned by Baugur.

Sarah Brown entertains fashion world at No 10

Fashionable London descended upon Downing Street last night for a reception hosted by Sarah Brown to celebrate 25 years of British fashion – or, more specifically, the British Fashion Council, the organisation that oversees London Fashion Week.

Amid the TV turmoil, it's always good news at CNBC

Advertising may be falling off a cliff across the industry, says Raymond Snoddy, but there's no slowdown at the global business channel

Belles and Whistles

Jane Shepherdson made Topshop hot - can she do the same for Whistles?

Retailers' campaign for monthly rents gains momentum

The British Retail Consortium has urged landlords to offer monthly rents to all retailers, as the campaign to switch from quarterly rental payments in advance to monthly transactions gathers pace.

Marks & Spencer AGM, Royal Festival Hall, London

M&S boss heads off a chorus of disapproval at the annual meeting

Mary Portas: There’s something about Mary

Mary Portas knows rather a lot about shops: after all, she’s turned around the fortunes of many of the best-known brands in fashion. Now the retail guru’s no-nonsense approach has made her the nation’s latest reality TV star. Esther Walker met her

Market Report: B&Q owner suffers amid reports of DIY slump

A combination of bearish broker comment and investors' fears for the economy bore on Kingfisher, which fell by 5.26 per cent, or 5.5p, to 99p yesterday. The retail group, which owns the DIY chain B&Q, slumped after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its "conviction sell" list.

M&S shares jump amid bid gossip as Rose prepares to face investors

Sir Philip Green denies he is building a stake in the struggling retailer, while sales soar at rival

Become a trendsetter

The Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) was established in September 2005, and so far it has accepted some 600 students, of which a large majority have gained employment in the fashion industry in various positions, including buyer’s assistants, PR and visual merchandising and store management.

Sarah Sands: Liars are thrilling on the stage, but there's no room for them in real life

There are many kinds of lies – and Kant rejected them all, even if done to protect others or to bring about a worthy end. A background of deception creates a world without trust

Water charges must reflect higher costs, United Utilities tells Ofwat

United Utilities is calling on the water regulator to let prices rise to reflect both higher energy costs and the effects of the credit squeeze.

Slump on the high street

The retail sector employs more than 10% of the UK's workforce. DSG's latest profit warning yesterday highlights the strain it is under. By Sarah Arnott

Pandora: What did the publisher say to the bishop?

I hope that Bishop Gene Robinson, the American best known for being the first openly gay and non-celibate priest to be ordained, is in a forgiving mood when he flies to Britain at the end of the month.

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

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