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

Two lads partake in boozy banter

Internet searches: Mapping Britain’s capitals of top banter

If you’re looking for a flat share in a “lovely house”, where key features include “mucking in”, “movie nights” and “banter”, (or just want to avoid them) then you’re in luck.

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden's father says whistleblower may return to US if conditions are met

NSA whistleblower remains stranded at Moscow airport

Labour MP John Woodcock has written to the Care Quality Commission asking the watchdog to explain why it 'slipped out' the second damaging review

Labour MP demands explanation on why CQC 'slipped out' second damaging review into its investigations

John Woodcock is representing families who lost children at a scandal-hit hospital

How the Daily Telegraph in Sydney reported the Gillard controversy

A last-stitch bid? Storm over photo of republican Australia PM Julia Gillard knitting kangaroo for royal baby

Blair's former spin-doctor John McTernan was sure it would do wonders for her popularity - but stunt has backfired

Kevin Pietersen: Back from injury, the star batsman plays for Surrey today and then England in T20

Kevin Pietersen breaks his silence as he prepares for comeback with England

The batsman has been out since March

Freddie Starr

Freddie Starr rebailed over alleged sexual offences

Comedian was arrested in November under the "Savile and others" strand and then re-arrested in April, under the strand unrelated to Savile

Shale gas: Centrica puts £160m into fracking fields around Blackpool

Parent group of British Gas will take 25% stake in six Lancashire wells

A Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston

Cuadrilla PR man admits George Osborne's shale gas revolution won’t cut energy bills

Plan to drive down prices will have 'basically insignificant' impact

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi takes a crucial step closer to becoming Indian Prime Minster

Main opposition party announces country's most polarising politician will lead its election campaign – setting Modi up for a show-down with Rahul Gandhi

Ex-Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning who was arrested this week by Operation Yewtree police

Ex-Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning, 72, arrested by Jimmy Savile police on suspicion of sex offences

Original Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning is the latest man to be arrested by police investigating sex offences in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Bradley Manning's trial is expected to last until the end of August

Defence seeks to prove Bradley Manning was NOT motivated by hatred for America when he sent US secrets to WikiLeaks

It is their intention to show he was acting out of a sense of duty in the hope of alerting Americans to what was being done in their names in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

'Grant Shapps’ children share a bedroom because he needs the other rooms for his online aliases'

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps rebuked over benefit error

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has been rebuked by the UK's statistics watchdog for wrongly claiming that nearly one million people on incapacity benefit (IB) had dropped their claims rather than face medical checks.

Postcard from... Beijing

David Cameron has appointed a former lobbyist for British Gas to be his personal advisor on energy and climate change

No 10’s new energy adviser is a former British Gas lobbyist

Ministers are working furiously to complete the ambitious and important Energy Bill

David Haye pictured promoting his fight against Manuel Charr

Boxing: David Haye pulls out of comeback fight with Manuel Charr

The former heavyweight champion suffers a hand injury in training

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

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Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future