UK economy returns to pre-crisis level

Growth hits 0.8% in second quarter

Moscow takes quarter pounder of flesh

US fast-food chain feels brunt of Russian anger over sanctions

Vincent Tchenguiz agrees £3m settlement with SFO

Property developer had sought damages over investigation

Miliband says PM wins in photo finish

Labour leader says he cannot beat Cameron on image

RBS shares jump on profit update

Rise comes despite warning over ‘legacy’ issues

Tablet magic wanes as Jobs’ dream realised

Demand for computing screen slabs is slowing

BSkyB to pay up to £7.4bn in Europe deals

Pay-TV provider to buy Sky Deutschland stake and Sky Italia

Ebola poses threat to African economies

Foreign investors in mining are increasingly concerned

Pastor Darren Wolf at Christ Church, Spitalfields

Londoners return to Anglican fold

Churches have rebranded using strategies from corporate world

Investigators begin work at Air Algerie crash site

One of the ‘black box’ flight recorders recovered

Vodafone sales hit by Spanish competition

Sales at the telecoms group falls 4.2% year on year

Comment and Analysis

A captain requires a multitude of skills

In some sports, all the skipper does is call heads or tails. Not so in cricket, says Alastair Campbell

Illustration of digital chess
©Shonagh Rae

Chess in cyber space: a smart move?

Parents are tapping the most brilliant chess brains in India, Bulgaria and Moscow to deliver online tutorials for their offspring via Skype

Wall Street’s master fishermen are betting on a storm

Few conflicts make a dent in the world’s GDP, writes Stephen Foley

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