News archive from 31 August 2013

'I'm back b****es': Lily Allen reverts to her maiden name as she prepares for the release for her first...

Only last year she revealed that her professional name would be changed to Lily Rose Cooper. But 12-months on, the singer has confirmed that her new music will be released under her maiden name as she records her first musical output in more than...

 

Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Ron Atkinson is the second housemate to be evicted by the public

Ron Atkinson is the second celebrity to be evicted from the Big Brother house. He was up against Louis Spence, Charlotte Crosby, Lauren Harries and Courtney Stodden, but was met by cheers as he left the house. To Lauren and Charlotte's relief, they...

 

Private schools' top marks praised

Private school pupils scored four times as many top grades in their GCSEs and IGCSEs this summer as teenagers across the country, figures show. Almost a third (32%) of all entries from students at fee-paying schools achieved an A* grade, according to...

 

Helpline calls up after Savile case

The fallout of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal has seen the number of calls made to a charity helpline reporting sex abuse nearly double compared with last year. Staff at the NSPCC received 594 calls to its helpline in June and July this year to report...

 

Vodafone cable tie with media giant Liberty Global may fend off AT&T take over

The future of mobile giant Vodafone hung in the balance last night after reports that it could fall prey to a huge US takeover. As the company this weekend prepares to conclude talks to sell its £85bn stake in Verizon, major shareholders clashed over...

 

Record low mortgage rates make it hard for small businesses to secure loans

Borrowers are enjoying record low mortgage rates, while small businesses continue to be starved of loans. Bank of England governor Mark Carney was yesterday presented with fresh evidence of the tightrope act he faces. Figures released from...

 

ALEX BRUMMER: Don't forget UK vital interests

Much of the political debate about UK intervention in Syria rightly has focused on the humanitarian case following the release of horrific images showing use of chemical gas. In the emotion of the moment the strategic and economic reasons for British...

 

Lloyd's faces probe from New York watchdog into Iranian deals that may have breached US sanctions

A powerful New York watchdog has stepped up its probe into London's venerable insurance market amid allegations it breached US sanctions by insuring trades with Iran. The New York State Department of Financial Services has demanded answers from...

 

Zurich Insurance Group to probe suicide stress claim after finance chief takes his own life

Zurich Insurance Group is to investigate whether "undue pressure' was out on finance chief Pierre Wauthier before he took his own life this week. Chairman Dr Josef Ackermann abruptly resigned on Thursday, after Wauthier's family passed police a...

 

Posh Hermès

With its luxury Birkin handbag carrying a price-tag of £4,500, Hermès is renowned for its lavish style. But now the French designer has announced it will be raising prices, partly in response to rising costs in silks and leather. It says the leather...

 

INVESTMENT EXTRA: Chance to build on Brics fall

It's a truly testing time to be an investor in emerging markets. India saw the biggest one-day slide in almost 20 years for the Indian rupee against the dollar - falling 4pc to reach Rs 69 on Wednesday. Growth in China is stuttering as expansion slips...

 

Private schools' top marks praised

Private school pupils scored four times as many top grades in their GCSEs and IGCSEs this summer as teenagers across the country, figures show. Almost a third (32%) of all entries from students at fee-paying schools achieved an A* grade, according to...

 

Helpline calls up after Savile case

The fallout of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal has seen the number of calls made to a charity helpline reporting sex abuse nearly double compared with last year. Staff at the NSPCC received 594 calls to its helpline in June and July this year to report...

 

Private schools' top marks praised

Private school pupils scored four times as many top grades in their GCSEs and IGCSEs this summer as teenagers across the country, figures show. Almost a third (32%) of all entries from students at fee-paying schools achieved an A* grade, according to...

 

Helpline calls up after Savile case

The fallout of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal has seen the number of calls made to a charity helpline reporting sex abuse nearly double compared with last year. Staff at the NSPCC received 594 calls to its helpline in June and July this year to report...

 


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