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The chief executive of B&Q-owner Kingfisher has criticised a government plan to get young people back into work as being “too clunky” and called on Chancellor, George Osborne, to help get first-time buyers onto the property ladder in next week’s Autumn Statement.

Sluggers Adam LaRoche (left) and Bryce Harper celebrate a score for the Washington Nationals

Baseball: Ready, Teddy, go! Nationals aim to follow the mascot into history

Washington DC has long been a backwater for baseball, but finally has a team to be proud of

Grant Shapps's policies need to be accompanied by an improved leasehold system

Julian Knight: Stop sheltering dodgy freeholders, Mr Shapps

A report out this week will agree with millions of leaseholders and consumer campaigners: it's time for a system fit for purpose

Sacked chief executive Dany Bahar

It's the end of the road for dashing chief executive who lived the Lotus life

Company sacks boss over claims he gave away sports cars, reports Margareta Pagano

The White Swan Inn's dining room is an object lesson in refurb, with maroon walls, stone-flagged floor and room dividers in the form of folding screens

The White Swan Inn, Market Place, Pickering, North Yorkshire

Pickering in North Yorkshire is a country town with exactly the right sort of attractions: 12th-century castle; bustling steam railway; church with medieval wall paintings admired by Pevsner and, not least, a quietly handsome inn on the high street.

Tom Huddlestone has been out since August

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone faces further surgery

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone expects to miss the rest of the season after undergoing further surgery on his ankle problem later this week.

The gentle touch: Though many of Lake's interiors are overtly feminine, there are also ideas to create rooms with subtle splashes of colour

Homespun wisdom: How to redo every room in the house without breaking the bank

Think you can't afford to give your home the update it needs? Think again, says Selina Lake.

China buys into Thames Water for £500m

China has made the first of an expected flurry of investments in Britain's ailing infrastructure, buying nearly 10 per cent of Thames Water, the UK's largest water and sewage company.

The Rangers winger Sone Aluko (left) is the latest player to experience the SFA's new disciplinary system, with his case to be heard today

Plan to save Scottish game is progressing, claims McLeish

Former First Minister says 2009 review has had an impact despite 'fear factor' north of the border

Stay The Night: The Wheatsheaf, Gloucestershire

Check in at the bar, fill your belly, then rest your weary head at this new take on the traditional roadhouse, says Adrian Mourby

Statue of Liberty to close for a year

The Statue of Liberty will close at the end of October for a year as it undergoes a $27.25m (£17m) renovation that will make its interior safer and more accessible.

Ex-minister blames his blood group for outburst after Fukushima disaster

Politicians typically blame stress, overwork and "personal issues" for being forced to step down early, but Ryu Matsumoto may well be the first to cite his blood group.

Japanese minister quits after reconstruction row

Japan's new disaster reconstruction minister resigned today after his widely criticised behaviour during a visit to the quake-devastated north east coast, where he refused to shake a governor's hand, scolded the official and threatened to withhold aid.

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