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HSBC must do more to clean up operations, says report

1,000 page document for US authorities says bank ‘too slow’ in improving internal cultural problems, despite changes to senior management

HSBC needs to do more to clean up the way it does business and overhaul the culture that exists in some of its operations, according to a report for the US authorities.

A monitor installed by the US Department of Justice found that deep-rooted cultural problems inside Britain’s largest bank continue to exist despite the efforts of the new management, led by chief executive Stuart Gulliver, to reform the way the bank operates.

Related: HSBC pays record $1.9bn fine to settle US money-laundering accusations

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The Tory 100: captains of industry, party donors (and a few tax avoiders)

A hundred business leaders signed an open letter warning of the perils of a change in economic policy and urging UK voters to vote Tory. But who are they? Explore our list to find out the stories behind the names

Donors and peers among signatories of pro-Tory business letter

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Woman accused of killing four-year-old boy and grandmother in Melbourne

Police allege Cai Xia Liao bound former lover, then stabbed grandson and his wife to death using garden shears

A woman will appear in court on Thursday accused of murdering a four-year-old boy and his grandmother with garden shears at a Melbourne home.

Chinese national Cai Xia Liao, 45, allegedly bound and gagged her former lover Brian Mach at his Albanvale home early on Tuesday morning before fatally stabbing his grandson Alistair Mach in the head and neck while he lay in bed.

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Iran nuclear talks extend past deadline with new proposals expected

Discussions in Lausanne to go into Wednesday night with disagreement over Iran’s development of centrifuges and relief of UN sanctions causing impasse

Iran was expected to put forward new proposals at international nuclear talks in Switzerland on Wednesday night in an effort to break a deadlock that has taken them 24 hours past their deadline.

After seven days of talks in Lausanne, with the last three going late into the night, the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said there would be a meeting of ministers at 8pm to hear Iranian suggestions for ending an impasse that has held up a preliminary accord swapping Iran’s acceptance of constraints on its nuclear programme for sanctions relief.

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Hewlett-Packard in talks to reach legal settlement over alleged fraud

HP began legal proceedings against accounting firm Deloitte before Christmas and is suing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch for $5bn damages

Hewlett-Packard is in talks to reach a legal settlement with the British accounting firm Deloitte for its part in an alleged $5bn fraud at British accounting firm Autonomy.

Deloitte audited Autonomy’s books in the years when HP claims the company’s management manipulated the accounts. On Monday, HP filed a claim for $5.1bn in damages in the UK high court against Autonomy founder Michael Lynch and the firm’s former finance director Sushovan Hussain.

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The Tory 100: captains of industry, party donors (and a few tax avoiders)

A hundred business leaders signed an open letter warning of the perils of a change in economic policy and urging UK voters to vote Tory. But who are they? Explore our list to find out the stories behind the names

Donors and peers among signatories of pro-Tory business letter

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Iran nuclear talks extend past deadline with new proposals expected

Discussions in Lausanne to go into Wednesday night with disagreement over Iran’s development of centrifuges and relief of UN sanctions causing impasse

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McDonald's to raise pay for US staff
The fast-food giant McDonald's says it will raise the pay of more than 90,000 US employees to at least $1 above the legal minimum wage.
Northampton keep George North on sidelines while Wasps consider appeal
• Brain tests continue after three concussion injuries since autumn
• Wasps’ James Haskell ‘astounded’ by red card for Nathan Hughes
Wasps to contest Nathan Hughes three-week ban, says Dai Young

Northampton could not confirm on Wednesday when George North will return to action. The Wales wing will miss the European Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne on Saturday as he continues neurological tests after suffering three concussion injuries since the autumn.

Jim Mallinder, the director of rugby at Northampton, said North was making good progress since he was carried off in last Friday’s Premiership home match against Wasps. This follows similar injuries sustained against the All Blacks last November and England at the start of the Six Nations. Mallinder stressed that until North is cleared by specialists he will not be considered for selection.

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Hewlett-Packard in talks to reach legal settlement over alleged fraud

HP began legal proceedings against accounting firm Deloitte before Christmas and is suing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch for $5bn damages

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