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Standard Chartered has unveiled sweeping changes in its boardroom following reports of discord at the top of the FTSE 100 bank.

Publishing head Gail Rebuck is third to quit the board of BSkyB

Dame Gail Rebuck has become the third director to stand down from the BSkyB board since November, after criticism the broadcaster's board is not independent enough.

Standard Chartered boss voices alarm over new bank watchdog

One of Britain's most senior bankers yesterday launched an excoriating attack on the new bank regulator which will replace the Financial Services Authority within two years.

Pay ups and downs for top duo

Standard Chartered's chief executive, Peter Sands, right, received a modest pay rise last year to take his package to $8m (£5m), but his counterpart at Credit Suisse, Brady Dougan, saw his pay more than halved to Sfr5.8m (£4m).

Shell offer for Cove trumped by PTT's £1.12bn

A takeover battle erupted yesterday for the Mozambique-focused oil explorer Cove Energy, after Shell's £992m bid was trumped by a far bigger offer of £1.12bn by Thailand's state-owned PTT Exploration.

Suarez refuses the hand of Evra

Liverpool insist Luis Suarez decision came from club rather than sponsors

Liverpool have dismissed claims they were pressured into issuing apologies over the Luis Suarez affair by shirt sponsors Standard Chartered.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez refuses to shake Patrice Evra’s hand

Liverpool apology came after sponsor's concerned call to club

Standard Chartered tells club of 'disappointment' over player's failure to shake hands with Evra

Suarez refuses the hand of Evra

Liverpool shirt sponsors 'voiced concerns' over Luis Suarez

Alastair Cook's career-best 137 near single-handedly kept England competitive with a total of 260 for seven in the first one-day international at the Zayed Stadium.

Anfield could still be redeveloped

Ian Ayre relaxed over Liverpool finances

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre believes the club's vast global appeal gives them the financial muscle to absorb revenue lost from missing out on European football.

What the Sunday papers said...

The Independent on Sunday: Industry set to plumb the depths

Experts predict deeper recession for Britain

Britain will suffer a deeper recession than previously thought, leading economists have warned.

StanChart races to new profit record

Banking group stands out in the gloom with double-digit growth after smart diversification strategies

StanChart invests in Saudi Arabia

The private equity arm of financial services group Standard Chartered has secured a stake in a Saudi construction company in a deal worth $75m.

Standard Chartered on course for another record year

Standard Chartered, the British bank that makes most its profits in Asia, said yesterday it was on course to report its eighth consecutive year of record profits after a 17 per cent jump in its bottom line in the first half.

The Week Ahead: Worry ahead of British banks' interim results

With the five major UK banks releasing interim results this week, their global peers have seemingly been doing their best to dampen sentiment.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor