Michael Brown skipped bail in 2008 and was tried in his absence

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The convicted fraudster who gave the Liberal Democrats their biggest ever donation has been arrested in the Caribbean after more than three years on the run.

Some opponents have complained Justin Pipe's slow throwing disrupts their rhythm

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Justin Pipe had to re-learn his technique after a road accident but is now in the form of his life ahead of World Championships, writes Nick Szczepanik

International Greetings boom

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Amid consumer gloom, Brighthouse remains strong

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Watchdog fines Credit Suisse £5.9m over risky investment products

The City watchdog has fined Credit Suisse £5.9m after uncovering failings related to sales of a complex investment product.

Make the most of Summer in Norfolk!

For those seeking something different from a seaside holiday, the Norfolk Coast has much to offer. Let Rhiannon Batten be your guide

D J Taylor: Circumlocution Office: telling it like it isn't

While civil servants write in an obfuscating style, pithy old words in the English language have been declared extinct

In-Flight Entertainment, By Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson's latest collection of short stories - she brings one out every five years - opens on familiar ground. "Up at the Villa" is a blistering account of the trials of early parenthood revealed under too bright a Southern sun. The classic Simpson cast includes a baby, "a furious geranium in its parasol-shaded buggy", its mother, a "large, pale woman sagging about it in her bikini" and the father, "making a great noise with his two-day-old copy of The Times". Watching them are a group of young people who've broken into the garden for a swim, but instead find themselves witness to an ugly marital spat.

The 50 best back-to-school buys

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Alf Parish: Trade union negotiator who fought for the printers in an era of radical changes

Alf Parish was one of the print unions' leading negotiators at a time when the industry faced unprecedented challenges. The collapse of the Maxwell empire and Murdoch's moonlight flit to Wapping all occurred on his watch, as did the introduction of new technology across the board. But with the industry in turmoil, Parish, cigar in hand and with acerbic wit, remained a model of calmness.

What will you buy for your home on your holidays?

It seems that more of us are taking our summer breaks in Britain. If you're doing the same – and have an eye for style – you can pick up some brilliant finds for your home away from the beaten track.

London riots spiral out of control

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View from Cairo: 'After 30 years of torture, people are angry'

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