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

Crédit Agricole turns to shareholders to raise €5.9bn cash

Crédit Agricole, one of France's largest banking groups, will this week launch a discounted rights issue to raise €5.9bn (£4.66bn), as it becomes the latest European bank to turn to its shareholders for cash, following the onset of the credit crunch.

LSE rival Turquoise set to go live in September

The next wave of trading platforms designed to poach market share from the London Stock Exchange will go live in three months.

HSBC calls in police over alleged £70m fraud attempt

Police are investigating an alleged €90m (£70m) attempted fraud by a London-based member of staff at HSBC, Britain's biggest bank.

FSA warns banks to change trading floor 'culture' after SocGen debacle

The UK financial watchdog has warned banks to tighten their controls and introduce a trading-floor culture that protects against rogue traders in the wake of the €4.9bn losses at Société Générale sparked by Jérôme Kerviel.

Lehman suspends equity traders in London

Lehman Brothers, the Amer-ican investment bank, has suspended two equity trad-ers in London after its internal controls showed up issues related to share valuations.

Crédit Agricole rules out major purchases after sub-prime losses

Crédit Agricole has ruled itself out of "significant acquisitions" after the credit crunch sent it slumping to its first quarterly loss since listing in 2001. The French bank did not close the door completely on a move for Société Générale, however, saying it would "not remain indifferent" should the beleaguered group be approached by a rival.

MF Global sacks rogue wheat trader who lost group $141.5m

MF Global, the commodities broker spun off from the UK's Man Group last year, has sacked a rogue trader whose unauthorised dealing in the wheat market cost the group $141.5m.

Rogue trader and credit crunch prompt SocGen to slash dividend

The beleaguered French bank Société Générale slumped to record losses in the fourth quarter, as it suffered the worst rogue trading scandal in history and the ongoing effect of the credit crunch.

Credit Suisse fuels fear of new wave of losses

The market fears the issues surrounding the complex financial products which led Credit Suisse to suspend traders and nurse millions of dollars in losses this week, could spark a wave of similar writedowns in the banking sector.

Société Générale discounts its €5.5bn rights issue by 39 per cent

Société Générale, the bank at the centre of the biggest rogue trading scandal in history, has been forced to offer investors a heavier than expected discount to make sure its €5.5bn (£4.1bn) rescue fund raising completes without a hitch.

'Rogue trader' Jerome Kerviel breaks his silence to say he will not be made a scapegoat

The alleged rogue trader, Jérôme Kerviel, sought far and wide by the world's media, appeared briefly in public today for the first time since he was accused of losing nearly €5bn (£3.7bn) two weeks ago.

Trading security: 'If I were to say it couldn't happen here, well, that's bullshit'

Banks across the City of London have launched urgent reviews of their security procedures in the wake of the Société Générale scandal.

Banking scandal: Kerviel hailed as 'the Che Guevara of high finance'

Trader who lost SocGen £3.6bn is being fêted as a class warrior
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker