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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.

The Week Ahead: Pearson's US education needs good report

The outlook for the US education business is likely to be amongst the key talking points when Pearson, the international media group that publishes the FT, posts interim results this morning.

Rentokil gets extermination contract in Libya

Pest control firm Rentokil Initial said today that it had won a £24 million rat extermination contract from Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Christina Patterson: Here's why nice work pays much better

Recruiting bankers is, apparently, as tricky as getting pandas to mate

Bedbugs return to British hotels

The voracious <i>Cimex lectularius</i>, scourge of sleepers for centuries, has returned to Britain's hotels. Martin Hickman reports on a plague in a mattress near you

Market Report: Goldman warns on British Land disposals

British Land traded lower last night after City analysts warned that the commercial property group’s £740m rights issue may not be enough to shore up the balance sheet.

Market Report: Miners slump as FTSE slides again

The Footsie closed almost 5 per cent in the red after a bruising session last night, with leading miners falling behind amid growing concern about the outlook for the sector.

Market Report: Rio Tinto slides further amid debt fears

A number of leading miners fell back following fresh falls in commodities prices last night.

Barclays looks to clean up with &#163;300m Swarfega sale

The firm that invented Swarfega, the heavy-duty green handwash used by car mechanics, is to be put up for sale with a price tag of £300m.

The Week Ahead: Mining boom to boost earnings at BHP Billiton

It has been boom time for the heavyweight miners, and analysts said investors should be looking forward to BHP Billiton's full-year results today. Charles Cooper at Evolution Securities is predicting a 56 per cent boost in earnings before interest and taxation in the second half over the first, as commodity prices soar and demand continues to grow from emerging markets. "While we expect BHP will deliver a healthy set of results, next year is also likely to be strong," he said, adding it was his top pick for the sector.

No Pain, No Gain: I had a bad feeling about Myhome, now I know why

Well, I should have sold Myhome International after all. I was on the verge of dumping the shares last month, but conversations with the franchise group's top brass prompted a change of mind – and I held on to them.

Market Report: Rentokil extends decline, despite break-up talk

Retokil Initial was the focus of gossip in the City, with yet more speculation that the ratcatcher is to be broken up, although this wasn't enough to arrest the stock's downward spiral.

Market update - 28 July

It was a slow start to the week with the FTSE 100 falling 21 points to 5331. The lowest by lunchtime was HBOS as the whole bank sector continues to suffer.

Rentokil slide continues

Shares in Rentokil Initial are set to dip further this week after the rat-catcher to parcel-delivery group issued its fourth profit warning since December.

Rentokil's shares drop 30 per cent on fourth profit alert

The new boss of Rentokil Initial said the performance of the rat catcher-to-cleaning services group could deteriorate further after it issued its fourth profits warning since December.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: As the economy wilts, prudence on public borrowing is exposed as a sham

Gordon Brown may not yet have noticed the latest GDP figures. What with yesterday's crushing by-election defeat, he's got more immediate things to worry about, as in how much longer he'll keep his job. Yet for a politician who has staked his reputation on the abolition of boom and bust, yesterday's numbers on the economy were in some respects even more humiliating than coming second to the SNP in what was meant to be a Labour heartland.

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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

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