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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee