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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.

Further confusion surrounds Semenya gender case

The Caster Semenya saga took another peculiar twist yesterday when a press conference that was expected to announce she had been cleared to compete again was cancelled under firm instruction from the IAAF, the sport's world governing body.

American freed after Haiti orphan saga

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the January earthquake has been freed after a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Richard Sharpe: Let common sense guide you in the saga of bisphenol A

I am not a die-hard 'chemicals are safe' man, by any means

Crackdown on credit cards begins at last

New rules on plastic could save consumers £500m a year. Chiara Cavaglieri looks at how they will affect borrowers – and how lenders may retaliate

Andrew Grice: Ashcroft saga - is it all over now?

The Tories are trying a new tack today in the controversy over Lord Ashcroft's peerage and "non-domicile" tax status.

Leading article: A saga that reflects badly on the Conservative Party

David Cameron should have stood up to Lord Ashcroft long ago

David Prosser: An empty promise to employees

Outlook As for the political interventions in the Cadbury/Kraft saga, at best they look naive and at worst positively dishonest. When Lord Mandelson piped up last month, insisting he wouldn't allow foreign companies to move into Britain looking for "a fast buck", he knew full well his comments would be seized upon by those hoping to keep Cadbury British. He also must have known there was nothing he could do to prevent Kraft buying Cadbury – his comments were made with marginal seats in mind.

Saga of a tormented artist's highs and lows

Great songs, beautiful girls, lovely costumes and an artist in constant flux are emphasised in Joann Sfar's imaginative, beautiful looking and at times bizarre musing on the life of Serge Gainsbourg.

Presenter gives a new twist to 'Tonight' saga

Conan O'Brien protests over NBC plan to move show to after midnight

Beginner's Guide To: Credit card order of payments

The government has announced a new consultation into credit cards, proposing a raft of measures designed to "clean up the industry" and bring an end to practices it deems unfair.

'Balloon boy' mother admits it was a hoax

The mother of the six-year-old boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon has admitted the whole saga was a hoax. Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies that she and her husband Richard "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence" in Fort Collins, and that the incident was meant to make the family more marketable to the media.

Meltdown Iceland, By Roger Boyes

"One could not hide from this crisis, not even on a chunk of volcanic rock in the north Atlantic". Especially not there: Boyes's utterly gripping account of how Iceland swiftly became the "microcosm" of a planetary market panic yields as crisp and bleak a saga of the downside of globalisation as you will ever read.

Under Fishbone Clouds, By Sam Meekings

Lavishly imagined and skilfully narrated, this family saga of life in China between 1946 and the millennium moves, informs and satisfies.

Caring about carers

In the UK there are six million unpaid carers for the elderly, sick or disabled, receiving the lowest available government benefits, at just £53.10 a week.

Michael Brown: Prepare for retirements – and even resignations

A general feeling of unfairness has pervaded the corridors of Westminster
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House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

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War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

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Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future