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All-cash deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012

The Business World: Partners who prefer to stay just good friends

It is almost as though the less obvious the need for an alliance, the more important it may come to be

Service sector inflation shows dip in June

INFLATION in the booming service sector fell in June, according to figures published yesterday.

Rogue Trader: A commercial guide to the UK ...

Extracts from the official US State Department's fascinating glimpse of how Britain's economy is seen by the Berkshire-dwelling exiles who snoop on Brits for the military industrial complex.

Letter: Nanny's career path

Sir: I find it bizarre in this post-Marxist age that Deborah Orr finds the engagement of a nanny exploitative ("The parent trap", 16 June). The nanny in question received pounds 400 a week, before tax, and board and lodging. Most families engaging nannies also offer other "perks" - use of a car, washing machine, paid holidays and travel. Tax on the salary and on most of these benefits will have been paid by the much-maligned "superwoman" Nicola Horlick.

Tarmac spins off construction arm as Carillion

TARMAC, the construction and aggregates group, is to rename its construction arm Carillion when it reveals details of its demerger tomorrow.

Books: What happens after the end of history

The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of the Social Order by Francis Fukuyama Profile pounds 20

Service sector growth shows signs of fading

SERVICE SECTOR growth is set to fade, according to a "disappointing" survey of business activity that will ease the Bank of England's worries over domestic inflation, writes Philip Thornton.

Profits plunge points to dark times ahead

News analysis: Has the UK economy really managed to achieve a soft landing?

Banbury is UK's richest town

BANBURY IN Oxfordshire may have a reputation as an idyllic medieval market town, but it has benefited hugely from the presence of hi-tech businesses.

The Business World: You must worry if your customers don't complain

If a customer doesn't complain when something is wrong, it means they don't give a hoot whether the business succeeds or fails

Architecture: Let's not charge into the Bull Ring

The concrete eyesore at the heart of Birmingham is set to get a makeover. But will good design succumb to commercial pressures? By Chris Arnot

Law Report: No unauthorised deduction of wages

23 April 1999 New Century Cleaning Co v Church Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Beldam, Lord Justice Morritt and Lord Justice Sedley) 26 March 1999; Friday Law Report

Wage inflation dampens hopes of further rate cuts

HOPES OF further cuts in interest rates were dealt a blow yesterday after new official figures revealed an unexpected pick-up in UK wage inflation.

Queens Award: Service industries make their mark

THE INCREASING importance of service industries to the British economy is clearly demonstrated by this year's Queen's Awards for Export, Technological and Environmental Achievement.

Leading Article: Will anyone provide work for redundant Clyde shipbuilders?

TWO MERCHANT shipyards are to close on the Clyde - cue a bagpipe lament on the decline of the Scottish shipbuilding industry. But is there anything that can be done about the decision by Kvaerner, the Norwegian construction group, to sell its interest in Govan and Clydebank, other than hair-pulling and clothes-rending?
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there