Banks near $10bn foreclosure agreement

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Largest US lenders are close to a deal with regulators to resolve claims that they broke rules by seizing homes of defaulting customers
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Sony rejoins BMG for Parlophone bid

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Move will heighten competition for the labels that regulators forced Vivendi’s Universal to sell as a condition of its £1.2bn purchase of EMI last year
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Bankruptcy regime for nations urged

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Many say rulings against Argentina highlight the weakness of current approach to government debt workouts and urge revisiting IMF’s 2002 proposal
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Cracks widen in US debt ceiling debate

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Politicians air their stark differences over how to divide the burden for deficit reduction between new taxes and fresh spending cuts
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How bad language can catch financial rogues

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More than 3,000 key words and phrases used in emails among employees engaged in wrongdoing have been identified via anti-fraud technology
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Venezuelans contemplate life after Chávez

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If the ailing leader is forced to relinquish power, all eyes will be on Nicolás Maduro, who was named heir to the so-called ‘Bolivarian revolution’
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UK companies respond to pressure on pay

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Rises in executives’ pay becoming aligned with those of other employees as shareholders stepped up their campaign to keep remuneration in check
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Banks win more flexible Basel rules

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Banks will be able to count a wider range of assets toward requirements, including some equities and mortgage-backed securities
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Londonderry hopes title will transform image

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Year-long programme of cultural events aims to stimulate arts, tourism and urban regeneration in one of the UK’s most disadvantaged cities
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Missoni chief’s flight goes missing in Venezuela

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Business head of the Italian fashion dynasty Vittorio Missoni has disappeared in a light aircraft off the coast of South America
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