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Iconic British brands sold 425,006 vehicles in 2013 - up 19 per cent on 2012 - and set records in 38 international markets

Margareta Pagano: It's time to stop playing politics with our energy

The warning from Ofgem that the UK is careering towards electricity shortages should focus politicians' minds on a solution, beyond ideology

Julie Meyer: Now is the time for the UK to rediscover its exporting mindset

Midweek View: In international markets the product is only as good as its salesmen, which is where Britain has fallen down

Who on earth actually thinks Mary Portas is the solution to the crisis on our high streets?

Irreversible changes in consumer behaviour, disruptive technologies, and recession are together destroying our High Streets. I know, send for the Queen of Shops!

UK's AAA credit rating 'still at risk'

Britain's prized AAA credit rating remains under “significant pressure”, the Fitch rating agency warned today.

Balloons, a blimp and deep sea divers all require helium

A ballooning problem: the great helium shortage

It’s used in everything from kids parties to medicine – but now supplies are running so low scientists want to ration it. Steve Connor reports on the great helium shortage

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Arsene Wenger hampered by Arsenal fans' clamour to see 'next Lionel Messi'

Arsenal manager admits he was not aware of Michu

FTSE tops 6000 after US fiscal cliff budget deal

Relief over America's deal to avert a budget crisis sent London's FTSE 100 Index smashing through the 6000 barrier for the first time since July 2011.

Mario Monti defends austerity measures to restore confidence in Italy's financial future

Italian premier Mario Monti has defended his government's austerity measures as necessary to restore confidence in Italy's financial future, and warned voters to beware “magic solutions” promised by candidates in upcoming elections.

Silvio Berlusconi with his reported girlfriend, Francesca Pascale, after a PDL party meeting in Milan on Sunday night

Return of Berlusconi follows resignation of Mario to throw stock markets into turmoil

The spectre of another Berlusconi premiership panicked the financial markets today and saw Italy and the euro staring into the abyss again.

Andreas Whittam Smith: A muddle way not a middle way

Whatever the numbers yesterday, George Osborne couldn't change course. Bringing forward a Plan B would have been to say: "I have been on the wrong track since I took office two and a half years ago". However dim the prospects, he had to press on.

Civilian drones will be 'common in a decade' but pilotless passenger planes are still a long way off

Pilotless civilian aircraft could start to become a common sight in British skies within the next 10 years, it was claimed today.

Taxman admits Government powerless to force multinationals to declare profits

HMRC chief denies turning blind eye to global giants avoiding massive UK tax bills

Give me time, begs Hollande as his popularity plummets

President François Hollande, facing an unprecedented meltdown in his popularity, today criticised the impatience of French voters but promised that his softly-softly approach would triumph in the end.

The Maracana stadium, which will host the 2014 World Cup final, is currently being re-developed

Fifa make pledge over empty seats at 2014 World Cup

FIFA have vowed to keep empty seats to a “strict minimum” at the next World Cup.

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An epic novel of the Wedgwood dynasty reveals the hearts of all but one man: Josiah himself

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
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Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

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Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

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America’s new apartheid

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