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Istanbul aggressively increased its overnight lending rate to 12% from 7.75%

Virgin hails the connected TV bump

Virgin Media yesterday hailed the popularity of its connected television service TiVo and said it planned to bring it to all of its customers, as it unveiled solid quarterly results.

Market Report: Panmure warning kills off hope of JLT takeover

Yesterday's dramatic rally may have prompted the re-emergence of some familiar bid stories in the insurance sector, but investors in Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) were told to wave goodbye to their hopes of a takeover. The insurance broker suffered a blow when Panmure Gordon instructed punters to bail out, warning that its current share price could be as good as it gets.

James Moore: Enough already. It's time to shake up the system used to set executive pay awards

Outlook One group seemingly immune to the impact of inflation, unemployment, economic stagnation and all the other woes afflicting this country is the men (it's usually men) who sit around the boardroom tables of Britain's biggest public companies.

US economy grows 2.5 per cent in third quarter

The US economy grew at its fastest pace in a year in the third quarter as consumers and businesses stepped up spending, creating momentum that could carry into the final three months of the year.

Battle over future of Bridge goes to tense vote

The increasingly bitter battle for the ownership of the freehold for Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium will reach its conclusion today with neither side able to say last night with any certainty that they have carried the day.

Chris Evans wins breakfast ratings battle

Chris Evans won the battle of the breakfast shows pulling in 1.7 million more listeners to his Radio 2 show than his Radio 1 rival Chris Moyles, according to figures released today.

Battle over future of Bridge goes to tense vote

CPO shareholders opposed to move need just 25 per cent of vote to scupper club's plans

Revealed: club's desperate tactics in battle of Bridge

The desperate lengths that Chelsea have gone to in order to win a crucial vote tomorrow, which will ultimately decide whether they can sell Stamford Bridge and move to a new stadium in west London, can be revealed today by i.

James Moore: A true turning point for BP fortunes or just another clean-up job to soothe the City?

Outlook So Bob Dudley, BP's American chief executive, thinks the business has reached "a definite turning point". Is he right? The good news has hardly been gushing forth from the group's wells, but there has been a drip, drip of better tidings. Yesterday seemed a case in point. Third-quarter profits, for example, were (a bit) better than the City had expected. Production hit a low point but should pick up from here.

Relief for UBS investors as it stays in profit despite rogue-trading losses

After a troubled few months, UBS finally had some good news for its investors yesterday as it revealed that the losses incurred from alleged rogue trading had not sent it tumbling into the red as had been feared.

Revealed: Chelsea's desperate tactics in battle of the bridge

Sam Wallace's exclusive investigation into the struggle for Stamford Bridge

Hong Kong still the king of world office rental prices

Hong Kong has again topped the list of the world's most expensive cities in which to rent office space, ahead of London's West End, according to the property brokerage Colliers International.

Hong Kong still the king of world office rental prices

Hong Kong has again topped the list of the world's most expensive cities in which to rent office space, ahead of London's West End, according to the property brokerage Colliers International.

Angry protesters settle in with kitchen tent, library and music 'room'

Hundreds of demonstrators – and their pop-up tents – have forced the closure of St Paul's cathedral, but, as Mark Leftly discovers, despite its variety of concerns and objectives, this is not an average rent-a-mob crowd

You've got to have 'wa'

When Japan's old-fashioned boardrooms open up to the modern world, disrupting harmony (wa) often follows. David McNeill reports from Tokyo

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

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Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

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Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'