Blue-chip dividends tipped to soar

Investors in some of the UK's biggest companies are in line for a bumper 2013 according to a leading City trading firm.

Editorial: Blame the tax loopholes

Chalk up another victory for the PR departments of the global investment banks. Some – including Goldman Sachs – are reportedly considering deferring bonuses for their UK staff until after 6 April to take advantage of the lower top rate of income tax. The prospect of too-big-to-fail banks using such a sly bit of avoidance to save their already over-remunerated staff a tax bill – and at the expense of the struggling British Exchequer – has understandably provoked disgust. Labour's Chris Leslie has warned them to "think carefully" about their reputations.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes unites Dracula and Frankenstein in 'psycho-sexual' TV show

Penny Dreadful will be screened by Showtime, the channel behind Homeland

History made as surgeons give UK man a new hand

A 51-year-old man has become the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant with a pioneering eight-hour operation.

Sir Alex Ferguson escaped unpunished for remonstrating with match-day officials on Wednesday

Jeremy Laurance: Retiring from Manchester United could be dangerous for Alex Ferguson

Fergie has said he is not ready to give up just yet

Alan Pardew is in no mood for celebration given his side’s form

Alan Pardew lifted by return of injured Newcastle players

Magpies are in the midst of an awful run

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has revealed how he was detained by US border guards on suspicion of being a terrorist, despite showing them his two gold medals.

Mo Farah reveals he was detained in 'terror bungle' at US airport

The 29-year-old runner, who was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list, has said he was detained by authorities while entering the US

Paperbacks: Quiet By Susan Cain

If the festive season's enforced togetherness is proving a torment, curl up in a corner with this manifesto for the shy, sensitive loner.

Market Report: Morgan Stanley puts power into Punch

Punch Taverns jumped yesterday after it emerged that Morgan Stanley had hiked its stake in the troubled UK pub owner to 12 per cent. Against a backdrop of discussions with investors about restructuring the business, shares in Punch rose as much as 8.6 per cent in the morning as Morgan Stanley revealed it had increased its stake by 10 per cent to 76.5 million shares. They declined later but still ended up 1.9p, or 2.5 per cent, at 7.6p.

Stoke’s Asmir Begovic is booked by Mark Halsey on Saturday

Kevin Garside: Football is a game befouled by excuses for the lack of respect

The Way I See It: Football is wholly responsible for the tolerance it affords to offenders

David Flatman: It's official - abusing referees is bad for the game's health

From the Front Row: The referee gave him a red card. But what did White say? 'Sorry, sir'
Joe Root should be saluted for his composed innings on debut

The Last Word: Careful nurturing plants Root on the firmest of ground

On a weekend we are invited to exalt personality, here is a man with character

Editorial: Time to give microphones to football referees

The plan to combat racism in football with "cultural lessons" for foreign players does have some basis in reality. After all, one of last season's racism scandals turned on Uruguayan Luis Suarez's use of a word that he claimed does not carry the same connotations back home. Where the scheme falls down, however, is in its failure to notice that the other recent fracas involved the entirely home-grown Chelsea captain, John Terry.

Boxing day murderer 'Psycho' Keiran Stapleton attacks prison chaplain

A murderer who labelled himself “Psycho” after murdering an Indian student in the street has tried to attack a prison chaplain.

Doc Horror: Daniel (right) and Jon Hamm in A Young Doctor's Notebook

Television review: A Young Doctor's Notebook -Daniel Radcliffe is innocent and Jon Hamm is knowing in this hamfisted show

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

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The wars that come back to haunt us

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