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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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture