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Thirsty punters will mull over the outlook for pubs when Greene King and Spirit Pub Company report today and tomorrow respectively.

Ealing murder accused, 16, refused bail

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a pensioner during the London riots was refused bail today.

Boy, 16, in court over Ealing riot murder

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a pensioner while on a looting rampage at the London riots will be tried at the Old Bailey, a court heard today.

William Hill profits jump after surge in online bets

Profits at the bookmaker William Hill rose by nearly a quarter over the first half of the year, driven by a surge in its online sports revenues, particularly for bets made "in-play" during football and tennis matches.

Review may bring tax base back onshore

The government is to review the way it taxes companies that offer online gambling to UK consumers from abroad, a move that is likely to raise their tax bills.

£161m EuroMillions jackpot claimed

Europe's biggest-ever lottery jackpot of £161 million has been paid out to a UK ticket-holder, Camelot said today.

Ian Poulter: Rory not only one with an eye for glory

Failure is not an option for golf's ultimate showman. And Sandwich could provide the setting to show he's not just mouth and multi-coloured trousers. James Corrigan meets Ian Poulter

Letter from the editor: Gambling - It’s a mug’s game

It’s difficult to look at the page 2 graphic without thinking “why them?”. Yes, we should all be generous regarding the good fortune of others, but a more honest human reaction is summed up by Gore Vidal, whom I may have quoted before: “Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little inside”.

Business Diary: Tepper defends his reputation

Hedge fund manager DavidTepper was yesterday forced to deny suggestions that he was the customer who withdrew $400 (£250) from a bank in the Hamptons. The gentleman in question left his receipt behind and some wit has now published a picture of it.

Sportingbet surges on Ladbrokes talks

Ladbrokes declared an interest in its smaller rival Sportingbet yesterday, with a bid approach that marks the bookmaker's return to the acquisition trail after talks with the online gaming specialist 888 Holdings faltered earlier this year.

David Prosser: William Hill investors on a losing streak over executive pay

Outlook: It is difficult to see how Labour's leader might deliver greater responsibility on executive pay without a more interventionist mindset

Betfred wins £265m Tote auction

Veteran bookmaker Fred Done secured horseracing's ultimate prize today by agreeing a £265 million deal to buy the Tote from the Government.

Delay forced in Tote sale decision

A decision over the sale of the Tote is believed to have been delayed as a result of concerns over European state aid laws.

Rank not keen on betting on Guoco

The bingo and casino operator Rank urged investors to reject a takeover bid from the investment group Guoco, which it said "substantially undervalued" the business and its prospects.

Executive pay triggers revolt at William Hill

William Hill was yesterday forced to face down a shareholder revolt after almost a third voted against approving the chief executive's pay rise.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project