News Thomas Perkins, who is thought to be worth around $8bn, made the startling comparison in a letter to The Wall Street Journal

Billionaire venture capitalist admits Kristallnacht was a "terrible word" to use but defends war on the rich remarks

Axl takes a pop at 'free' drink pledge by Dr Pepper

Singer long-awaited album leads to legal challenge

My Mentor: Tina Gaudoin on Jane Procter

'Jane told me later that she hired me because I'd look good eating canapés'

The 'next Satanic Verses' shelved for fear of stirring up Islamic extremists

A novel about the child bride of the Prophet Mohamed has been withdrawn by Random House, which said it feared that publication of the book could "incite acts of violence". Critics, however, have accused the publisher of abandoning the principle of free speech and caving into pressure from extreme Islamist elements.

Top 'WSJ' editor leaves after four months under Murdoch

Marcus Brauchli, the most senior editor at The Wall Street Journal, is to quit his post just four months after the $5bn (£2.5bn) takeover of the newspaper by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Picture Post: Who's Rupert got on speed-dial?

The prospect of a telephone call from Rupert Murdoch is enough to turn even the most battle-hardened politician, journalist, or globe-trotting businessman into a useless, quivering wreck.

We are able to handle any 'rough stuff' says confident Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas has become used to the rough and tumble of the Premiership during his Arsenal career and so believes England will be wasting their time if they attempt to "rough up" the Spanish in tonight's friendly in Manchester.

Ministers 'ignored warnings about jails'

John Reid's emergency jail expansion programme has been likened by the prison watchdog to Noah building his ark after the flood began.

England 159 &amp; 161 Australia 419 <i>(Aus win by an innings and 99 runs)</i>: Whitewash looks inevitable as Australia maul abject England

Four down, one to go. Another Ashes Test, another thumping victory for Australia. The only difference now is that England sit on the verge of their first Ashes whitewash in 86 years. Did what happened in 2005 really take place? It is hard to believe Ricky Ponting's brilliant side will show an ounce of complacency or compassion towards a distraught and defeated England in the final Test of this one-sided series, which starts in Sydney in four days' time.

Letters: Troops out of Iraq

Everybody but Bush and Blair wants the troops out now

Bob Jeffrey: My Life In Media

'In this day of Tivo, we are forced to be stealthy in the way we convince people to spend time with our brands'

My Mentor: Paul Beckett on Rob Goldberg

'His single best piece of advice was just to be a polite pain in the arse'

Thursday Law Report: Presumption of damage not incompatible with human rights

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there