The Princess of Montpensier (15)

Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson

Sarkozy's plan to tax holiday homes alarms 'les rosbifs'

Panic and dismay is spreading through "Dordogneshire" and other British holiday haunts in France after the French parliament approved plans for a new tax on second homes.

Tax: 'Non-doms' forced to pay £20,000 more

Non-domiciled residents of the UK face paying an extra annual charge of £20,000 after 12 years, in a move the Chancellor said would bring in more than £200m.

UK 'value' falls by £94 billion

The total value of the UK fell for the second year in a row during 2009, official figures showed today.

Simon Read: Don't make hasty decisions while debate about tax rages

A battle has been raging this week over the coalition Government’s plans to restore capital gains tax (CGT) to its previous 40 per cent level. While Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, says the current rate of 18 per cent is an open invitation to tax avoidance, others say raising CGT to the equivalent level of income tax will hit savers.

FSA's call for 'capital tax' pours fuel on banking row

Watchdog says light touch at an end and regulators should instead 'be the best'

Take care: Don't let thieves spoil your festival

Festival-goers have been warned to take extra care of their valuables while they party this year. Nearly one in five festival-goers lost valuables at an event last year, often due to theft, research from insurer Allianz has shown.

Retailers want tax aid to beat crunch

Retailers have urged the Government to freeze new business rate burdens and reinstate tax relief for empty property, as the beleaguered sector faces a £1bn-plus hike in property costs from controversial legislation.

US property developers latest to seek bailout

Commercial property developers are lobbying for a piece of the US government's Wall Street bailout fund, warning yesterday that a real estate crash could wreak new havoc on the banking system next year.

Buildings destroyed after rate relief is abolished

Some landlords are already demolishing buildings, as the financial pain of the Government's removal of business rate relief on empty commercial property hits home.

Outside View: No direction home: Labour's 'clear' tax signals leave businesses lost

In Gordon Brown's first Budget over a decade ago, he set out his view on the role of tax. As well as raising revenue, the then Chancellor indicated he saw it as a tool of social and economic policy that sent "clear signals about the behaviour the Government wishes to encourage".

Dein to Henry: 'You're king. You might only be a prince elsewhere'

What David Dein told Thierry Henry as Arsenal still feared their captain would leave the club where he is adored and join the European champions
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project