Money

Cautious investors should wait before they dive into this latest bond sector

Chinese Yuan surpasses Euro as second most used currency in global finance

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and Australia among top five countries using the yuan to finance trade

Manufacturers’ order books hit highest levels in 20 years

British manufacturers’ order books expanded at the fastest rate in two decades in August on the back of robust domestic demand, according to the latest snapshot of the sector.

Vodafone finally nears $130bn sale of US mobile venture to Verizon

Shareholders could be in for a windfall if the UK company sells out of its US joint venture

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe's opposition party, greeting supporters at a rally in Harare

Odds stacked against Morgan Tsvangirai as Robert Mugabe scents victory in Zimbabwe

Odds stacked against Tsvangirai as opposition candidates are harrassed  and fake voter registration appears widespread

Why America is winning the modern Great Game

The US borrows in its own currency, benefiting from a ready market for its securities, both at home and abroad

Stock market rises in Iran after election of reformist-backed president Hasan Rowhani

Iran's stock exchange is climbing for the second day following the surprise election of a reformist-backed president.

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

BP warns over millions of dollars of 'fictitious' compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Oil giant BP has warned that millions of dollars of "fictitious" compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are putting the company at risk.

In 2006, the Anglo-Dutch steel firm Corus accepted a £4.3bn takeover offer from Indian rival Tata Steel, including the Port Talbot site pictured here

Fears for UK jobs as Tata Steel wipes £1bn from value of Europe operations

Unions said writedown will worry 18,500 staff still reeling from last year's cuts

Death toll rises in Bangladesh garment factory tragedy

Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building today and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble.

Easter: weak pound may deter holidaymakers

Currency collapses will mean a catastrophic cut in spending money for families heading abroad for the Easter holidays.

Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange

Boom-time for world markets as FTSE reaches five-year high and Dow Jones hits all-time high

World markets continued to shrug off economic worries today as London's FTSE 100 Index closed at its highest level since January 2008.

Will the plummeting pound hit your holiday cash?

Travel money firms have been reporting record orders this week as holidaymakers rush to secure current rates among concerns that the pound could fall further against the value of the euro and dollar.

Sterling slips in response to Britain’s AAA downgrade

The pound suffered a rocky day in global foreign exchange markets today as European traders responded to the decision of the credit rating agency Moody’s late last week to strip the UK of its AAA credit rating.

City refuses to panic over the loss of UK's AAA credit rating

The City refused to panic over the loss of the UK’s AAA rating today as shares headed higher and sterling avoided a major sell-off.

Britain's loss of prized AAA credit rating hits sterling

Britain's loss of its prized AAA credit rating intensified the pressure on sterling today despite another rally for London's top flight shares index.

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

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