Bats Global close to Chi-X takeover

Chi-X, the pan-European trading platform owned by a consortium of investment banks including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, is believed to be close to agreeing to a $360m (£223m) takeover by US rival Bats Global Markets.

The Business On... David Illingworth, Chief executive, Smith & Nephew

But not for much longer, we hear?

London Stock Exchange in Canada merger

The London Stock Exchange today unveiled a deal to merge with Canada's TMX in a move creating one of the world's biggest trading platforms.

London Stock Exchange in Toronto merger talks

TMX Group, the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, says it is in advanced talks to merge with the London Stock Exchange in a deal that would make it one of the world's largest stock markets.

Robert Fisk: Some people will do anything to avoid blame

I am no happy reader of Canada's National Post, but am driven to report to you that a recent graph in the paper suggests that "the term 'Palestinian' became popularised as a marker of identity after the Six Day War of 1967".

It's that time of year again. Let Oscars battle begin

Hollywood is usually not receptive to what you might class as 'indie films', but as awards fever hots up, they are in the running for the big prize, says Guy Adams

The great faith debate: Blair takes on ailing Hitchens in Canada

The ex-prime minister came up against a hostile crowd when he and the atheist journalist argued over religion

Jackie Burroughs

Jackie Burroughs, who died on 22 September aged 71, was best known for her role as the schoolteacher Hetty King on the popular Canadian television series Road to Avonlea.

Jurgen Klinsmann takes Toronto role

Jurgen Klinsmann has agreed a deal to work with Toronto FC as a consultant.

The First Emperor's Terracotta Army recruited outside China

Acrobats from Burma, workers from Central or West Asia, and a mausoleum design inspired by work in the Middle East – the Mausoleum of China’s First Emperor was a cosmopolitan place says Dr. Duan Qingbo, the man in charge of excavating it.

Al-Qa'ida militant admits raid death

A Canadian accused of killing an American soldier as a teenage al-Qa'ida militant pleaded guilty yesterday as part of a deal that avoids a war crimes trial for someone labelled a "child soldier" by his defenders.

Crystal Castles, Roundhouse, London

Crystal Castles haven't always had the best reputation as a live band; short sets and habitual tardiness have seen to that. But at north London's Roundhouse, Alice Glass (the screaming banshee) and Ethan Kath (the digital wizard) sealed their reputation as a mesmerising stage act, offering their hordes of frenzied teenage fans and ultra-cool hipster admirers a perfectly constructed combination of tripped-out euphoria and menacing digipunk beats to rave to. From Kath's first digital pulse ("Fainting Spells") to Glass's final blood-curdling wail ("Yes/No"), they belted out infectious melodies and all-consuming beats in a brutal assault on the central nervous system. And, two years after their emergence from the Toronto underground with two eponymous albums, it's clear that the noisy duo have lost nothing of their violent zeal and electro exuberance.

Album: Chromeo, Business Casual (Back Yard)

Toronto funkateers Chromeo, self-billed as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture", certainly make an odd couple.

One father's two-year hunt for the daughter abducted by her mother

As the number of children kidnapped by a parent soars by 40 per cent, the search for Pearl, now aged six, intensifies.

Toronto's arrived, and the British are coming

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