Australia ups interest rates for a fifth time

Australia's central bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.25 per cent yesterday, as part of a strategy to bring borrowing costs back to "average" levels.

Have Ashcroft's millions fatally wounded Tories?

Lead slips in marginals that donor's money was meant to secure

Tories cleared over Ashcroft donations

An Electoral Commission report today cleared the Conservative Party and its deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft of breaching electoral law in relation to £5.1 million of donations from Bearwood Corporate Services.

BA passenger figures up

British Airways, facing a damaging cabin crew strike, announced today that it carried 1.5% more passengers last month than in February 2009.

Parents of child cancer victims considered hastening death

Parents whose children are dying of cancer may consider hastening the process to reduce the length of time they spend suffering, a study has found.

Vicar suspended over 'inappropriate' relationship

A vicar has been suspended after having an "inappropriate" relationship with a member of his congregation.

Icap shares take battering after profits warning

A profits warning from Icap, the world’s largest interdealer broker, prompted a sell-off in its shares today, with the company losing almost a fifth of its value. Icap said it expected to make between £295m and £315m this year, significantly less than the £336m the City had been expecting.

DUP welcomed sex abuser Brian Hutchinson back to party

A self-confessed sex abuser has been secretly allowed back into Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — in the latest scandal to rock the party.

Florence MacKenzie: Assiduous fundraiser and treasurer of the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust

It would be fanciful to suggest that the medieval ecclesiastical, and indeed later ecclesiastical architecture of Scotland matches the glories of Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Suffolk and several other English counties. None the less, there are many churches in dire need of repair, well worth rescue, dotted around Scotland.

BNP in trouble for filing 'inadequate' accounts

The British National Party (BNP) could face prosecution for breaking electoral law over its annual accounts after it filed financial records which its accountants refused to sanction and the far-right group's own leader admitted were "inadequate".

Icap's $25m settlement ends four-year investigation

Icap last night announced a $25m (£15.5m) settlement with America’s Securities & Exchange Commission to see off charges that it displayed fake trades to encourage activity by customers.

James Moore: Tullett staff won't go far

Outlook: The sector heavyweight is Icap and it's not going anywhere

John McWilliam: Highly respected politician who served as an Opposition whip at a difficult time for Labour

As a member of the Speaker's Panel – senior MPs, not ministers, who chair the committee stage of bills in the House of Commons – John McWilliam was procedurally authoritative and unflappable. For this reason, I was one of 14 MPs who gave him a vote in the long, drawn-out procedure for the election of a Speaker after Lady Boothroyd went to the House of Lords.

Zimbabwe unity pact teeters on the brink of collapse

Arrest of MDC official pushes Tsvangirai to denounce Mugabe as 'dishonest partner'

Tories back in business with £18m war chest

Conservative Party fundraisers have raised nearly half of the £18m needed for the election "fighting" fund after a big upsurge of support from businessmen and City financiers.

News
election 2015
News
Fans take a selfie with Ed Miliband in Kempston, near Bedford, on Tuesday
election 2015
News
Missing: 'Mail' columnist Peter Hitchens
election 2015
Voices
Ed Miliband and David Cameron are neck and neck in the polls
election 2015Armando Iannucci: on how British politics is broken
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Life and Style
A nurse tends to a recovering patient on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
health
News
science
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
News
Chuck Norris pictured in 1996
people
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 1 May 2015
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

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
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'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power