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It all got a bit too much for one nine-year old, who had to run off to vomit after devouring 'delicacies'' such as crickets, ants and pigeon burgers.

Property: Pests don't win prizes at home

Infested? It can prove very costly to eradicate the problem, let alone repair any damage. By Penny Jackson

Tyco renews its Williams courtship

TYCO INTERNATIONAL, the US fire protection and electronic security company that is global leader in manufacturing electronic components, has renewed talks about launching a friendly takeover bid for Williams, the fire protection and security equipment company.

GOING DOWN: Associated British Foods

SHARES in Associated British Foods fell 4 per cent after reports that the FT-SE International was considering changing its rules to align more closely the number of shares in the market with their weighting in its indices. The index weighting is currently based on market capitalisation.

Market Report: Rentokil Initial stars in a falling market

RENTOKIL INITIAL and British Steel were the stockmarket's odd couple yesterday. The ultra-modern cleaning and pest control group and the old-fashioned bastion of the UK industry go together like chalk and cheese but yesterday they were the stars of a falling market.

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Going Down: Rentokil Initial

RENTOKIL INITIAL, the support-services company, said profits this year are likely to increase between 10 per cent and 15 per cent, below the company's 20 per cent target, as sales growth decelerates. The shares fell 25 per cent.

Rentokil plunges 20% on profits warning

SHARES IN Rentokil Initial, the pest control and business services group led by Sir Clive Thompson, slumped by a fifth yesterday after the group warned that profits this year would undershoot market expectations by a wide margin.

Market Report: Lloyds whisper sets L&G hare running

THE BLUE-CHIP bid rumour of the day was that the banking giant Lloyds TSB is to launch a pounds 10bn-plus offer for the insurer Legal & General.

Outlook: Sir Clive's glory days may be over

SOMEHOW, Mr Ten Per Cent does not have quite the same ring to it. Moreover, it brackets Sir Clive Thompson with that breed of commission men who make their living off the talents of others, be they footballers, film stars or for that matter writers.

Inside Business: The future of outsourcing could lie within the firm

Management fads come and go. But it is becoming increasingly clear that one of the more enduring is going to be outsourcing, the process by which organisations consign all but their most "core" activities to specialists to run on their behalf.

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AEA shares slide on shock warning

AEA TECHNOLOGY, the privatised engineering services group, yesterday lost its status as a darling of the market when it issued a shock profits warning, sending its shares into a 41 per cent nosedive.

Financials lead blue chips to another peak

BLUE CHIPS stretched to another peak with Footsie climbing 94.2 points to 6,335.7 in heavy trading. At one time it was 118.8 higher.

Williams plans to raise pounds 400m from disposals

WILLIAMS, the former conglomerate that is reinventing itself as a more focused security and fire services group, is planning to raise a further pounds 400m from disposals as it completes its transformation.

Market Report: Trading fears knock M&S

MARKS & SPENCER had a day to forget, as rumours of poor trading and whispers of a dividend cut encouraged a wave of selling.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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