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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Former chief at Hays walks away from personnel firm with £1m

Colin Matthews, the former chief executive of Hays, took home more than £1m last year, including £103,000 for loss of office, even though he restructured himself out of a job and walked straight into a new one.

Former Jaguar chief Egan to take chairman's role at Severn Trent

Sir John Egan, the former chief executive of Jaguar and the airports operator BAA, is to become the new chairman of the Midlands-based water and waste company, Severn Trent.

Investment Column: Severn afloat on uncertainty

Arla milks merger benefits for profits boost; Steer clear of Christian Salvesen after poor results

Severn Trent case still holds water

Whatman looks worth a punt as a recovery play; Express Dairies might finally deliver cream

Severn Trent may have lost its way

Victrex shares should be worth a Peek; Whitehead looks good

Market Report: Buyers pick Monsoon as it weathers retail storms

MONSOON APPEARED on several buyers' shopping lists yesterday amid rumours that the clothes chain is weathering the soggy retail market.

Water industry: Now they say the coffers are dry

Ordered to slash bills, the utilities are planning to cut jobs rather than dividends. Are their environmental pledges also at risk?

Anglian dividendploy rattles market

WATER SHARES took a soaking yesterday after Anglian Water unsettled the sector by unveiling plans to start paying dividends in redeemable shares rather than cash.

Market Report: Blood will be spilled in FTSE hi-tech revolution

TODAY IS the day of the hi-tech revolution. After months of secret plotting, computer, Internet and telecom stocks will storm the Square Mile citadel and take control of London's leading indexes.
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project