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Comic book success

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Comic-Con International is now a major event and has spawned festivals around the world San Diego’s Comic-Con International, happening this weekend, is an annual fiesta of costumes, comic books and celebrities that sits at the centre of a multi-billion dollar industry. From a gathering of less than 300 people in 1970, the event has morphed into an annual, multi-day media bonanza that draws major

Moneysupermarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

Image copyright Moneysupermarket Image caption The website compares prices on many services. Price comparison website Moneysupermarket has been fined £80,000 ($103,000) by the Information Commissioners Office for sending more than seven million emails to people who had opted out of receiving its communications. The firm said it apologised “unreservedly”. The emails regarded changes to the terms and conditions of the site. However they also invited people to “reconsider” their opt-out.

Happy travelling

Image copyright Getty Images Ah, the glamour of air travel. The early morning wake-up call, the nightmare journey to the airport on public transport laden with unwieldy suitcases. Your eventual arrival at an overcrowded and chaotic check-in, short-tempered and perspiring. If that rings an all too familiar bell, then Transport Secretary Chris Grayling shares your pain. “Often it is the struggle to the airport with heavy bags that is the

Bank of America picks Dublin for EU hub

Image copyright Getty Images Bank of America has chosen Dublin as its new base to service EU clients as part of its Brexit contingency plans. It is the first US bank to confirm the Irish capital as its preferred site. Citigroup has picked Frankfurt as the base for its EU trading operations, and reports say Morgan Stanley has also chosen the German financial centre. Banks had been required to submit

Mastercard £14bn ‘overcharge’ legal action fails

Image copyright PA A £14bn class action lawsuit against Mastercard has been thrown out by the Competition Appeals Tribunal. The former financial ombudsman, Walter Merricks, had claimed that 46 million consumers had been overcharged by Mastercard over a 16-year period. But the court ruled that the case could not proceed through a collective – or class – action. The ruling was welcomed by Mastercard, which said the claims were completely

Lloyds under fire over HBOS fraud compensation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lloyds Banking Group has expressed its deep regret over the fraud Lloyds Banking Group has said it is close to offering compensation to 30 customers caught up in a criminal conspiracy involving former bankers at its HBOS subsidiary. The bank has already missed its own deadline of 30 June for paying redress to all victims. So far, only five have accepted compensation offers. MPs

Congo’s mining revenue ‘missing’ – Global Witness

Image copyright AFP Image caption These people are mining coltan, which is widely used in mobile phones More than 20% of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining revenue is being lost due to corruption and mismanagement, a campaign group says. According to a Global Witness report, the money is being distributed through corrupt networks linked to President Joseph Kabila. At least $750m (£580m) has gone missing over the past three

Girl, 5, fined £150 for lemonade stand

Image copyright Andre Spicer Image caption Andre Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and told him “I’ve done a bad thing” A five-year-old girl was fined £150 by a council for selling 50p cups of lemonade to festival goers. The girl’s father Andre Spicer said his daughter had set up the stall in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox

Audi offers diesel emissions upgrade for 850,000 cars

Image copyright Reuters German carmaker Audi is offering a free software upgrade for 850,000 diesel cars in order to improve emissions. Audi said the upgrade would “improve emissions behaviour in real driving conditions further beyond existing legal requirements”. The carmaker added it was convinced the programme would counteract possible bans on diesel cars. In recent days, rival German carmakers Mercedes and Daimler issued recalls involving three million vehicles. The Audi

Clydesdale Bank sets launch date for plastic £10 note

Image copyright Devlin Photo Image caption Clydesdale Bank boss David Duffy shows the new £10 polymer bank note Clydesdale Bank has announced the launch date for its second plastic bank note. The bank revealed that its new £10 polymer note will enter circulation on 21 September. It features Scottish poet Robert Burns on the front and views of Edinburgh’s Old and New towns on the reverse. The launch follows the