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Online fashion giant Asos was declared “company of the decade” at the Grant Thornton-sponsored Quoted Company Awards.

Google finally vows to block child pornography - but why announce it through the Daily Mail?

Google chairman Eric Schmidt wrote for the Daily Mail – despite their critical campaign against Google. This tells us a lot about the power of the Mail

14 November 2013: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa greets Prince Charles during a reception at the President's House in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Royal couple are visiting Sri Lanka in order to attend the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

The Commonwealth is an organisation whose useful life may have ended

The decision to hold the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka has led, with grim inevitability, to a public relations disaster

Virgin Media announces 6.7% price increase for broadband and new speeds of up to 152Mbps

Company claims that new fibre optic service is twice as fast as rival BT's

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Setad has built a fortune on the forced seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians

Iran’s Supreme Leader runs business empire worth £60bn

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around £60 billion – a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s annual petroleum exports – a six-month Reuters investigation has found.

Hats off to the sanitary towel sellers

Tampons are a tough sell - I'm wishing the best of luck to Edith Bowman in her new advertising campaign

Fatal accidents on Peru's cliff-top roads are an ongoing issue

Peru 'bus' crash kills 51, including 14 children, on way home from party

The truck full of indigenous Quechua Indians plummeted 650 feet from the road into a ravine

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Champions League: Jurgen Klopp accepts two-game touchline ban for confronting official during Borussia Dortmund defeat to Napoli

Klopp will watch his side's game against Arsenal from the stands

'Truckers Ride for the Constitution' are expecting 3,000 truckers to descend on the capital

US shutdown: Truckers to clog Washington's Beltway in 3-day protest against 'lawlessness' of members of Congress

The protest was first announced in mid-September, before the beginning of the ongoing government shutdown

Improve your office with some easy steps

Why not try leading group meditation or introducing sensory objects?

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 2 October 2013

Halpern and Hornby link up

European Union flag

Postcard from... Brussels

The University of Alabama must do more for the cause of racial integration

Certain sororities at the prestigious US university have only just admitted students from ethnic minorities

Alvaro Mutis: Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist

The prolific writer and poet Alvaro Mutis, who has died at the age of 90, enjoyed wide popularity outside Colombia and was considered by critics, including his good friend Gabriel García Marquez, as one of the most outstanding poets and storytellers of his generation. Despite the difficulties he faced, including time in a Mexican prison, Mutis produced an extensive collection of novels and poetry that earned major international honours such as the Xavier Villaurrutia, Prince of Asturias and Cervantes prizes.

The shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy will address the conference

Labour Conference: Party stands firm on Syria but claims it won’t neglect ‘global responsibilities’

A Labour government would be ready to send British troops into conflict zones even though Ed Miliband blocked David Cameron’s attempt to intervene in Syria, the party conference will be told on Monday.

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The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
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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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
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

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
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Thurston Moore interview

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From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific