News A referendum will be held by the end of 2017 if the Conservatives win the next election

Sir Nicholas Macpherson is accused of trying to scare the public into a Yes vote in an EU referendum

Berkshire in $3.2bn bid for reinsurer

Berkshire hathaway has waded into the takeover battle for Transatlantic Holdings, tabling a $3.2bn bid for the reinsurer.

Adrift in Canada: Simon Calder on the edge of Newfoundland

Windswept and wild, friendly yet forlorn: the island of Newfoundland is a corner of Canada steeped in beauty and sadness.

Business Diary: From bad to worse, or reverse?

Stuart Gulliver, the boss of HSBC, is clearly proud of his analysis of the eurozone sovereign debt crisis: so much so that he repeated his critical assessment of the deal on Greek debt several times during yesterday's briefing to analysts on the first half of the bank's trading year. The deal saw the crisis move from "acute to chronic" status, Gulliver said. He had to be asked to explain whether that was an improvement or not.

Album: Brian Olivet, Two Of Everything (Alive Natural Sound)

The Cincinnatti-based multi-instrumentalist Brian Olive reveals a deep affection for British psych-rock on this solo debut.

A Day That Shook The World: Concorde crash

On 25 July 2000, the iconic aircraft Concorde crashed without warning shortly after take-off, killing 113 people in France.

Officials: Bin Laden knew of 7/7 attacks in advance

Osama bin Laden had detailed advance knowledge of the 7 July bombings in London in 2005 and the failed attempt to blow up transatlantic passenger jets the following year, American security officials say.

Rare rock and roll guitar on sale

A rare electric guitar dating back to the start of the rock and roll era is to go under the hammer.

Titanic launch centenary celebrated

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's launch has been marked at a commemorative event in Belfast.

Oh no, not again... volcanic ash cloud threatens flights

One year after an Icelandic volcano brought much of Europe's air traffic to a halt, a cloud of ash from a new eruption could spread to Britain by tomorrow, causing further disruption to airlines.

Turbulence for BA, Iberia as fuel bills rise by a third

The airline formed by the merger of Iberia and British Airways yesterday laid bare the industry's battle to combat soaring oil prices, saying its fuel costs had rocketed by nearly a third in its first quarter.

Ssshhh! The noisy US revolution coming to British libraries

Public libraries could be set for a radical overhaul that could see books offered alongside coffee, murder mystery nights, poetry evenings and open mic sessions, should the plans of a private US company be given the green light. Library Systems & Services, a Maryland-based firm, runs 13 public libraries in the US. Its aim in Britain is to manage 15 per cent of public libraries within the next five years.

Leading article: Liberal convictions are found lacking

The decision by the Coalition on control orders is a considerable disappointment

Gerry Rafferty: Scottish singer-songwriter who had global hits with 'Stuck in the Middle with You' and 'Baker Street'

Despite their ubiquity as recurrent oldies on radio stations around the world, Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" and Gerry Rafferty's soft-rock classic "Baker Street" have endured better than most Seventies songs. Along with their undeniable catchiness and feel-good sound, both compositions retain the lyrical bite and the world-weariness associated with their author, the troubled Scottish singer who spent most of the last three decades trying to disappear from view.

Prescott has transatlantic cabin fever

For Lord Prescott, the one-time Deputy Prime Minister and cruise ship waiter, a transatlantic Christmas voyage aboard the Queen Mary 2 was meant to be a trip down memory lane.

Seymour Pierce in transatlantic deal

Seymour Pierce is preparing to enter the US in a deal that appears to be a reverse takeover of the little-known Bermudan reinsurer Gerova Financial.

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn