News John Lewis at Westfield shopping centre

John Lewis has decided against closing its final salary pension scheme, leaving it as one of the only retailers in the country that still offers new staff the gold-plated retirement payouts more commonly associated with politicians and civil servants.

Television punditry has moved on, Hansen hasn't

Alan Hansen confirms plans to quit Match of the Day after 2014 World Cup

The pundit will leave the BBC after 22 years

Former BG Group boss Sir Frank Chapman

The richest pensioner on the FTSE 100: Former boss of BG Group, Sir Frank Chapman, has pot worth more £22m

Sir Frank Chapman, the former boss of oil and gas company BG Group, is revealed as the richest pensioner in the FTSE 100 with a pot worth more than £22m when he stepped down.

Ledley King

Harry Redknapp attempted to lure Ledley King out of retirement to play for QPR reveals former Tottenham defender

King retired from professional football last summer after a long battle with a knee injury

Berkeley investors urged to turn down chiefs' pay

Shareholders in housebuilder Berkeley have been urged to vote down its remuneration report ahead of the company's AGM on Monday.

Consumer rights: No dodging auto-enrolment in a workplace pension scheme

The idea is to encourage people to save something for retirement, but can you opt out?

Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in action against Team Luna Rossa Challeng

Finally, damage free racing: Emirates Team NZ take 4-1 lead in Louis Vuitton Cup eliminators

Hallelujah! A full two-race programme completed by both boats in the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series for the America's Cup. Races four and five were free of either boat being damaged or the wind being too strong and Emirates Team New Zealand won both of them to go 4-1 up in the best of 13 series over the Prada-backed Italians in Luna Rossa.

Academics set to land a fifth of Nats

University academics are poised to own a fifth of Nats, Britain's air traffic controller, after their pension fund beat a German state agency to buy the stake, thought to be worth about £160m.

Construction work in Glastonbury, Somerset. Many cannot afford to buy in rural areas

Affordable homes to rent – not buy – will rebalance the property market

Locally generated building is good for everyone

Surge at Resolution as baby boomers near retirement

Britain's ageing population and changes to workplace pensions proved lucrative for Resolution during the first half of the year.

Bankruptcy administrators find $1m cheque in Detroit city hall drawer

Uncashed cheque discovered one month after it was received gives a glimpse into city's financial troubles

The great Gary Stevens is set to appear in the Shergar Cup at Ascot

Stevens to strike in Shergar Cup

While some purists remain reliably condescending, the Shergar Cup has earned a legitimate niche in the racing summer.

Under 30s fear being too ill to enjoy retirement

The UK's youngest generation of working adults face concerns over health and money in their old age, the latest figures suggest.

FCA probes UK annuity sales to ensure pensioners get fair deal

Britain's Financial Conduct Authority is considering action to ensure pensioners are not duped into buying annuities that give them a poor deal for their life savings by financial services firms.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada