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

The Devotion of Suspect X, By Keigo Higashino

Unbearable tension in a Tokyo tale

Japanese leadership ballot set to split ruling party

The Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda has the lead in a ruling party race to pick the next prime minister, but a bruising run-off looks likely as chances of a majority win in a first-round vote are slim, media surveys showed yesterday.

Japan's would-be prime ministers jockey for position as Kan resigns

It is fitting perhaps that the resignation of Japan's prime minister was greeted by Tokyo's worst downpour of the year. Like a steamy tropical storm, the pressure in Japan's capital has been building all summer.

Market Reports: 27/08/2011

New York

Wall Street posted its first weekly gain in more than a month as the Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke, left the door open for more stimulus measures. The Dow Jones ended up 134.72 points, or 1.21 per cent, at 11,284.54. The S&P 500 rose 17.53 points, or 1.51 per cent, to 1,176.80. The Nasdaq was up 60.22 points, or 2.49 per cent, at 2,479.85. For the week, the Dow rose 4.3 per cent and the S&P gained 4.7 per cent.

Sir David Michels quits easyJet board

The deputy chairman of easyJet, Sir David Michels, stepped down from its board yesterday, four months ahead of schedule.

Pyrrho seeks answers over bid for Business Exchange

There was a new twist in the long-running takeover saga around the office space provider MWB Business Exchange yesterday after a top shareholder called on the bidder to explain why it had failed to come forward with a formal offer.

Rival bidder throws hat in the ring for Charter

The race to acquire Charter International heated up yesterday after the tool maker said it had been approached by another suitor just weeks ahead of the deadline by which the buyout vehicle Melrose must make a formal bid for the company.

Leading article: Britain's boardrooms have much to prove

It is just possible that the mere threat of legal action to force businesses to promote more women to top positions is having some positive effect.

Advisers turn backs on shares

Stock market falls and worries over the world economy seem to have damaged the confidence of independent financial advisers (IFAs) in the role of shares in their clients' portfolios.

Market chaos: Gold and Yen offer investors safe haven

Investors are continuing to pile into safe havens of gold, the Swiss franc and yen as market turmoil persisted on Friday.

Stagecoach founders net £88m windfall

Sir Brian Souter and his sister Ann Gloag, the founders of Stagecoach, will receive £51m and £37m respectively from a scheme to return cash to shareholders unveiled by the transport company yesterday.

Healthcare Locums unveils rescue plan

Healthcare Locums has unveiled a rescue package that the troubled medical recruitment company hopes will enable it to solve its difficulties.

More people struggle with mortgages in the North

A north-south divide is developing among struggling homeowners, according to the ratings agency Standard & Poor's. Research involving 1.5 million mortgages held in the first quarter of the year shows that borrowers in the North of the country are 35 per cent more likely to be in arrears than those in the South.

Motorcycling: Radiation fears put Rossi off race

Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi may miss the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix because of radiation concerns following the earthquake and tsunami in March.

Japan's economy contracts for third straight quarter

Japan's economy contracted for a third straight quarter as consumer spending and factory production continued to suffer in the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami.

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