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Domino's Pizza has named the former boss of Halfords as its new chief executive as Lance Batchelor moves on to Saga ahead of its £3 billion flotation.

DVD: War Horse

Steven Spielberg's sentimental film of Michael Morpurgo's novel wasn't anywhere near as acclaimed as the National Theatre stage production, and it's easy to see why.

Ready To Wear: Resisting the urge to change clothes may be no bad thing

Watching BBC4's The Bridge at the weekend one could be forgiven for thinking that Scandinavian women – or perhaps just Scandinavian detectives – never change their clothes.

“The nurse said my son’s condition was extremely dangerous and that he may die,” says Susan Matthews, the mother of Alfie Meadows

'Alfie told me the one thing he feared was brain damage. I didn't know what to say'

Mother whose son was beaten in student fees protest prepares for his case to come to court

Mirror boss under fire for slashing pension payments

The owner of the Daily Mirror has come under fire over a controversial move to slash payments into its pension fund by £69m over the next three years – even as the deficit soared.

Mirror's cut in pension payments under fire

Newspaper's owner denies raiding funds as experts call forscrutiny by regulators

Failed bid hits G4S profits

Profits slumped 17 per cent at G4S last year as the security and cleaning group racked up £55m in fees on its failed bid for the Denmark's ISS.

News Corp - As the phone-hacking scandal escalated, News Corp’s chairman Rupert Murdoch (pictured with his wife Wendi Deng) set up the Management & Standards Committee as a way of showing good corporate governance and
giving his British newspapers a clean bill of health. Its findings have contributed to one title being closed and another now stands on the brink

Steve Richards: No one is above the law – and that includes journalists at 'The Sun'

The manner in which parts of the media condemn the various investigations into their conduct highlights how they got into trouble in the first place. In the past, some journalists behaved as if they were above the law. Some appear to expect now a higher threshold of leniency or tolerance compared with everyone else. At the very least they demand a generous sense of proportion that they do not apply when reporting on politicians or others.

Row brews over Bank of England's £50bn QE boost

Over a million pensioners will be poorer as they have bought annuities at artificially depressed rates

Third Briton dies from legionnaires disease

A third British holidaymaker has died from contracting Legionnaires' disease while on holiday in Spain, the Valencia regional government said today.

Little wonder left its author lost for words

A witty tome on etymology has surprised just about everyone to become a bestseller, says Nick Duerden

The Saturday quiz

1. Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela were the founder members of which organisation?

Tom Watson is one of those who has changed forever the media and political culture in the UK

Ten people who changed the world: Tom Watson, MP who shook the world of British politics

Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers

Manchester United's Patrice Evra and Liverpool's Luis Suarez clash during the Premier League match at Anfield on 15 October

Ferguson: Suarez row will not alter our rivalry

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe the fallout from Luis Suarez's ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra will harm relations with Liverpool.

Occupy London protesters will be leaving St. Paul's early next year

Protesters to scale down occupation of St Paul's

Occupy London protesters are ready to leave St Paul's early next year in exchange for a scaled-down presence outside the cathedral and a "symbolic tent" within.

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