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French police have identified the man arrested for shooting a newspaper assistant photographer and carrying out three other attacks.

Market Report: Taxpayer profits as RBS gains with blue chip peers

Profits on the taxpayer's stake in Royal Bank of Scotland widened as traders regained their appetite for risk, driving blue chips higher last night.

David Prosser: A U-turn for the new man at the Pru

Outlook Well let's at least say this about at Tidjane Thiam, the new chief executive of insurer Prudential: he is sensible enough to listen to constructive criticism. Plenty of chief execs would have tried to tough out the row Mr Thiam ran into this week when French bank Société Générale announced it wanted him as a non-executive directors. Instead, Mr Thiam said yesterday that he would not accept the job after all.

Geithner defends AIG 'backdoor bailout'

The Federal Reserve had no choice but to pay off AIG's trading parties, including Goldman Sachs and other major banks, because any attempts to negotiate a better deal for taxpayers could have triggered a new financial panic, the US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner insisted under questioning from Congress yesterday.

Threat to toxic waste victims' compensation

Court orders law firm to relinquish £30m paid by Trafigura

LSE pledges Turquoise turnaround after deal

Stake in rival may repair relations with customers

Court freezes Trafigura compensation

Lawyers concerned that African ruling could deprive toxic waste victims of £30m

Foreign banks pledge pay restraint in Treasury deal

City minister hails deal mirroring agreement with British counterparts

London Stock Exchange in talks to buy rival trading platform Turquoise

The London Stock Exchange is in exclusive talks to buy Turquoise, the trading platform launched last year to compete aggressively with the London market and cut trading costs.

Market Report: ITV warning prompts investor switch-off

ITV was among the fallers as the stock market paused for breath, ending a six-session winning streak last night.

Project Turquoise offered for sale to major exchange groups

Nasdaq OMX seen as most likely buyer for loss-making share trading platform

Allied Irish sees an end to the pain but reports big losses

Allied Irish Bank plunged into the red yesterday thanks to soaring bad loans and its home market's stricken economy.

Market Report: 3i rallies on hopes of FTSE 100 re-entry

3i, the FTSE 250-listed private equity group, surged ahead last night, rising by almost 12 per cent amid hopes that it may rejoin the ranks of blue chips in the upcoming index review.

Esporta to get new chairman

Richard Segal, the former chief executive of the listed online gambling giant PartyGaming, is believed to have been appointed executive chairman of troubled fitness club chain Esporta.

Market Report: Lloyds trails rival banks as analysts weigh in

Lloyds Banking Group lagged behind its UK-focused peers last night, as brokers analysed the potential implications of the bank's plans to redeem Government-owned preference shares. Like other lenders, Lloyds has been on an upward trend, with its shares climbing by more than 40 per cent since the beginning of last month. But the tide may turn, if analysts at Société Générale are correct.

Horlick hits back as Tchenguiz prepares a coup

In the wake of the Madoff scandal and plummeting returns, the redoubtable fund manager is fighting for her reputation. Nick Clark reports
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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

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