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

Here is the news from Bloomberg: we made an inexcusable mistake

Bloomberg has had to grovel after the financial news agency let its reporters access clients' information. Gideon Spanier examines the repercussions

Comedian Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson bailed until July over sex allegations

Comedian denies any wrongdoing

Z-stars: some of the targets sold by Zombie Industries including their Obama-alike

The undead prez: NRA bans zombie Obama-lookalike target from its convention

For gun-toting, Republican-supporting and President-hating Americans, a 3D shooting target that looks like an undead Barack Obama could be the perfect gift. The controversial targets have, however, now been removed from sale at the National Rifle Association convention in Texas, at the request of organisers.

The Mishneh Torah on display at Sotheby's in New York,

550-year-old Jewish holy book Mishneh Torah - which was expected to make $5m at auction - bought by museums in New York and Jerusalem

Collection of Jewish artefacts being sold off by hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt

Roy Hodgson plays the waiting game in John Terry fiasco

England's head coach, Roy Hodgson, will wait for personal notification of John Terry's intentions before deciding whether to welcome him back into the international set-up for the season's two remaining games. As Hodgson travelled to Newcastle for last night's game against Liverpool, the Football Association's official position was that the national team's former captain "is still internationally retired".

James Ashton: Setting a ceiling on relationships

At a breakfast event at the top of the Gherkin this week, Julia Hobsbawm set a new benchmark.

Luis Suarez pictured in the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea

Luis Suarez bite: Liverpool striker faces long ban

FA has stated standard three-match punishment for the offence is "clearly insufficient in these circumstances"

Branislav Ivanovic reacts after being bitten by Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez bite: Striker charged with violent conduct by FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic - but Liverpool insist he will not be sold, and sponsor adidas stand by him as well

The Uruguay international has requested the money from club fine be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group

Rolf Harris has been arrested by police investigating historical allegations of sexual abuse

Sex abuse scandal: Rolf Harris revealed as 'entertainer' arrested by police investigating abuse allegations in November - so why has his name only come out now?

Entertainer’s prolonged anonymity raises questions about practice of naming those arrested

Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria police commissioner apologises for cost of chauffeur-driven car but defends action over alleged whistle-blowers

The Cumbria police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes apologised today for failing to check the near £700 cost before hiring a chauffeur-driven Mercedes to go to two evening engagements - but defended his actions over the expenses row.

Senator Brian Nieves sent bizarre angry emails to one of his constituents

State senator's vicious and bonkers email exchange goes viral

If you’re an elected representative, you can expect to get a few letters and emails from constituents who sound unhinged, but constituents don’t expect the unhinged emails to come from the other direction. Brian Nieves, a state senator from Missouri, has hit the headlines in the US for just this reason – after his vicious and bonkers exchange with a constituent went viral.

Christian Eriksen

Ajax deny Liverpool have agreed deal to sign midfielder Christian Eriksen

The Reds have been strongly linked with the young Denmark international

Henning Berg with Blackburn's global adviser Shebby Singh when he was unveiled as manager last November

Blackburn Rovers slammed as 'woeful' and 'unforgivable' by judge in Henning Berg pay dispute

Club lambasted in court as ‘unforgivable’ after late U-turn over paying the contract of their former manager

In the Red: Why I'm waving goodbye to freebies - until the next time

There was a time when journalists didn't have to pay a penny to go on holiday

Desmond Tutu is this year’s winner of the ‘spiritual Nobel’

Templeton Prize: Desmond Tutu wins a million – so will he follow the Dalai Lama and give it away?

When the Dalai Lama received £1.1m last year from the Templeton Foundation, he did what all good Buddhist monks who have preached against materialism might be expected to do – he gave it away.

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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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