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Vedanta resumes iron-ore working but founder's problems continue

Indian investigators launch new inquiry into tycoon Anil Agarwal's takeover of 26 per cent stake in Hindustan Zinc in 2002

France approves Francois Hollande's 75% 'millionaire tax'

Constitutional council says super tax on salaries above €1 million is legal

Four things we learnt from Saturday’s Premier League action: Aston Villa relegation battle; Fulham's thin broth; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff worry; Manchester United flourishing

Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Alan Hubbard: Vladimir Putin compromises in bid to avoid the global cold shoulder at Sochi Games

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Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin visited Sochi earlier this year

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Hedge fund multi-millionaire Robert W. Wilson, 87, jumped from the 16th floor of his luxury San Remo apartment building: a prestigious address in New York’s Upper East Side

Tycoon Robert Wilson gives away $800 million fortune before jumping to death

He has since been praised as a 'legend' by his peers, after pledging his entire worth to charity before ending his life

Review of the Year: View from the US saw a female hand on the Fed tiller, and two fine messes

The taper

After months of deliberation, during which time world markets convulsed wildly as investors speculated about the direction of monetary policy in the world’s largest economy, the US Federal Reserve this month reduced the size of its bond-buying programme.

Warren Buffett spent most of 2013 amassing fortunes of over £23million a day through investments into food manufacturing giants like Heinz, which he bought earlier this year

Move over, Bill Gates: Baked bean investor Warren Buffett tops list of wealthiest gainers

Warren Buffett spent most of 2013 amassing fortunes of over £23million a day through investments into food manufacturing giants like Heinz

Britain’s highest paid bankers are on course to receive an income tax cut of almost £100m this year following the government's decision to reduce the top rate from 50p to 45p

Britain's highest paid bankers in line for a £100m income tax cut after top rate drops to 45p

Britain’s highest paid bankers are on course to receive an income tax cut of almost £100m this year following George Osborne’s decision to reduce the top rate from 50p to 45p.

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 9 - Winners and losers

1. Who was controversially given a free meal by Selfridges after an employee refused to serve him?

Malky Mackay, centre, who remains the Cardiff City manager, focused on his side's game at Anfield on Saturday, a 3-1 defeat, despite all the off-field distractions provided in the previous 48 hours by his club's billionaire owner, Vincent Tan

Cardiff City manager latest: Vincent Tan hears a new tune in show of support for Malky Mackay - earning the manager a reprieve for now

Tan’s once-revered image at home is sliding:  ‘More Comedy in Cardiff’ was a headline on one Malaysian website

Matt Butler: Who's glad to see the end of Who Wants to be a Millionaire – and Sir Alex Ferguson’s pitiful patter?

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The Conservative Cabinet Minister told the Trussell Trust he denied claims that benefits reforms were linked to the rocketing number of people turning to it for help

Iain Duncan Smith accuses food bank charity the Trussell Trust of scaremongering

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has refused requests to meet the leaders of a major food bank charity and accused them of “scaremongering”, it has emerged.

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