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Boris Johnson says Britain will support Zimbabwe to return to Commonwealth if elections are fair

Britain would back a Zimbabwean bid to rejoin Commonwealth if presidential elections later this summer go smoothly, Boris Johnson has said.

World

Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation 

A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation.

World

North and South Korea make first call on hotline set up ahead of summit with Kim Jong-un

North and South Korea on Friday set up their first ever direct telephone hotline between their leaders, ahead of a historic summit next week that aims to resolve nuclear tensions with Pyongyang and bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Business

Investors punish Dettol-maker Reckitt Benckiser for missing sales targets

Reckitt Benckiser investors have punished the Nurofen and Harpic maker for missing its first-quarter sales targets.

World

Daughter of Holby City actor 'first to die' from taking new party drug 2CP, court hears

The daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, who was found dead at the Bestival music festival, was the "first person to die" from taking party drug 2CP, a court has heard.

Business

HSBC turns its back on coal

HSBC has become the latest financial institution to turn its back on financing high carbon energy projects after ruling out funds for new coal-fired power plants.

Business

Battle for Fidessa ramps up as Ion looks to beat rivals with £1.5bn offer 

The takeover battle for City software firm Fidessa has ramped up again after Ion Investment unveiled a higher offer than initially expected.

World

Basque separatists Eta 'truly sorry' for victims of campaign of terror

The Basque militant group Eta yesterday/Fri apologised to the victims of its five-decade campaign of terror in which more than 800 people were killed.

Business

Bonmarché joins chorus of gloomy retailers

Sales at Bonmarché continued to deteriorate in the final quarter of its financial year, against a backdrop of distress on the UK high street.

World

Tourists face up to €10,000 fine for urinating in Renaissance loggia, as Florence braces for summer onslaught

Tourists caught urinating in the street in Florence have been hit with fines of up to 10,000 euros (£8,750) each as Italy vows to crack down on anti-social behaviour by visitors this summer.

Business

Pizza Hut boss takes an extra slice as he buys out owners in £100m deal

Pizza Hut’s UK bosses have taken control of the restaurant brand in a deal estimated to be worth £100m.

World

China ‘has achieved amazing things over 40 years’

Leading private equity boss Andrew Gecky says China can become a globally integrated, innovative player by building on four decades of stellar progress.

Business

Tarmac owner CRH could float US division

The boss of buildings materials firm CRH has said he has not written off undertaking a partial or full New York listing of the company’s US division, even after ruling out the move in the past.

Business

Bank of England heads for split on interest rates as policymaker clashes with Carney

The Bank of England may be set for a split vote at its May meeting, after a hawkish policy maker threw down the gauntlet for an interest rate hike.

Travel

Bridge at the Chateau des Comtes de Challes, Savoy, France

Escape to the Rhone Alps where you can enjoy stunning views, games of bridge, interesting excursions and wine tasting.

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