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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.

Market Report: Exane puts takeover spotlight back on Aegis

The marketing group Aegis was in focus as bid hopes came back to the fore last night.

Rentokil trio closes in on £90m bonus

Boost to annual profits as turnaround team cuts costs and raises sales

The Week Ahead: Barclays kicks off bank reporting season

The banking sector, which has been the centre of public attention as bonus season has got into full swing, will retain the limelight this week as Barclays issues its full-year results tomorrow.

Small Talk: SuperGroup explores listing options

If you are cool, trendy and hip, then the chances are that you shop at Superdry. If you're not, and you spend more time worrying about the Alternative Investment Market (Aim), have no fear because you'll know all about the clothing retailer before too long.

Market Report: Cairn lifted by hopes for Greenland drilling

Cairn Energy stood out as the FTSE 100 touched a new 16-month high yesterday, with buyers outnumbering sellers amid hopes for the oil and gas prospector's foray into Greenland.

A Year in Review: Winners and losers on the blue-chip index

With little expected in the next two days, this week we're looking over the year gone by and the changes on the FTSE 100 index of leading shares.

Pied Piper, Barbican Theatre, London

The hip hop version of 'The Pied Piper' is a tale of fear, duplicity and revenge, but with Asbo'd hoodies instead of rats

Market Report: International Power gains amid bid talk

The rumour mill was in full flow surrounding International Power, the power generator which bubbled higher last night as speculators bought in, pegging their hopes on the possibility of a bid.

Market Report: Dollar's slide adds sparkle to commodities

The silver producer Fresnillo was among the risers as the FTSE 100 index regained its composure, breaking a four-session losing streak.

Market Report: C&W warning puts telecoms in spotlight

Not even news that the Bank of England is to pump another £25bn into the economy via its quantitative easing programme inspired much enthusiasm in the equity markets yesterday, with the majority of companies trading within a tight range.

The Week Ahead: High street looking closely at what's Next

The high street will come under the spotlight this week, as investors scrutinise updates from Next, Marks & Spencer and Primark-owner Associated British Foods.

Business Diary: O'Leary wins the battle of the spin

After today, we promise no more Ryanair v Panorama in the diary, particularly as the BBC's documentary on the airline – the source of a highly-entertaining spat between the two sides – went out last night. But, while the programme was good, Ryanair's PR response was better – it has promised to give away 100,000 free flights for every false claim made by Panorama.

Small Talk: A-list clients boost prospects at OneClickHR

The two big boys in the recruitment sector, Hays and Michael Page, have spent much of the year trading woeful results as surging unemployment dented their profits. But the jump in the unemployment numbers has done nothing to dent the performance of those groups that make the whole process of getting rid of people that much easier.

Lockerbie: now it's payback time

Prospect of lucrative trade deals fuels anger at Megrahi's release

Market Report: Bullish broker helps Rentokil's advance

Rentokil Initial strengthened last night after a broker outlined a path to recovery which could put the pest control-to-parcel delivery company's shares higher in the coming months.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project