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Independent on Sunday: Standard Chartered board split over rights issue

Standard Chartered’s board is divided over whether a rights issue is needed to strengthen its balance sheet after a tough year’s trading in emerging markets. The need for a cash call has been discussed privately between directors rather than at a formal board meeting.

10 stone five-year-old taken into care

The girl who should have weighed three stone was seized by Newport social workers last summer

Celestina Mba lost her legal fight against Merton Council at the High Court

Christian woman Celestina Mba loses legal challenge over right not to work on Sundays

Celestina Mba said bosses must ‘reasonably accommodate’ employees’ religious believes

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Independent on Sunday: Ofwat chairman in hot water over outside job

Britain’s top water regulator has been drawn into a conflict-of-interest row after taking an outside job with a $2bn (£1.2bn) New York fund looking to invest in European utilities. Jonson Cox, Ofwat chairman for a year, agreed to join the former UN secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali as an adviser to I Squared Capital earlier this month.

The remains of a butchered Neanderthal gang have been analysed, showing they were the victims of local cannibals

Cannibal Neanderthal gang in northern Spain ate 12 of their neighbours raw, scientists say

Study shows the early humans butchered their rivals, breaking open their skulls and bones to extract the marrow

Jeffrey Archer with Margaret Thatcher in 1987

Left-wingers are more likely to cheat? Peter Oborne piles nonsense on top of prejudice in his latest ‘trollemic’

At least attention is drawn to the possibility that Labour MPs have been treated harshly

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Independent on Sunday: Firms fight for Iraq investment opportunity

Executives from Eversheds, Foster Wheeler and BT will embark this week on the biggest British trade mission to Iraq for a decade. UK Trade & Investment wants to boost trade with the oil-rich nation, as British companies failed to win many lucrative contracts in Iraq even after its heavy involvement in deposing Saddam Hussein. Experts estimate that Iraq needs $1 trillion (£620bn) of investment.

Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said the current legal limit prevented sexually active younger teenagers from getting support with issues of disease and contraception.

‘Confused’ messages: an emotive debate reignites about the UK’s age of consent

There is no international consensus on what’s right, but any move to change the law here would be politically impossible

Health expert calls for age of consent to be lowered to 15

Leading public health advisor to Government says 15-year-olds should be allowed to get support and contraception

Newly-qualified NHS doctor accused of kidnapping British photographer and Dutch colleague in Syria has case dropped

Two journalists were held captive for nine days after they strayed into a jihadist camp and both suffered gunshot wounds when they staged an unsuccessful escape attempt

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The Independent on Sunday: HS2 chief out to keep train operators on board

The former chairman of Eurostar, Richard Brown, is trying to woo train operators to back the heavily-criticised High Speed Two railway project. Their support is vital for the Government to convince the public that HS2 will be of huge economic benefit to the UK, particularly when it links northern cities like Leeds and Manchester.

Huhne’s ex-wife Vicky Pryce was released after serving two months and is writing a book entitled Prisonomics, focusing on how the prison system treats women

Vicky Pryce: I don't blame journalists for my downfall

The ex-wife of disgraced former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne said she did not blame the journalists involved in the pair's downfall.

A kiss goodbye: Sir Richard Branson is off to the Caribbean – but not for tax reasons

Entrepreneur insists he can raise money for charity just as well from his private island

NHS 'unsafe and unsustainable' says health service chief for London

Problems revealed by the medical director for the NHS in the capital are a symptom of country-wide issues, he says

A five-week-old baby has become the youngest organ donor in Britain after a successful operation to save the life of a 22-year-old

Woman's life saved by five-week-old baby’s donated kidneys

Parents of youngest organ donor in British history give their consent for life-changing transplant in 22-year-old

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