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Bin Laden news a boost to global markets

Stock markets around the world received a boost today from the news that Osama bin Laden was dead, with the event also triggering a fall in oil prices.

Stephen King: US policymakers' failure to act has merely justified the S&P downgrade

If the US does not ultimately deliver austerity, it may have austerity imposed through the back door

Markets plunge as US rating reduced

World markets plunged today after a key ratings agency shocked traders with a downgrade to its outlook for US government debt.

Emerging market inflation stokes overheating fears

Four interest rate rises in China and eight in India since the start of last year have failed to tame inflation in their fast-developing economies, alarming new data showed yesterday.

Hamish McRae: Catching up with the world's newfinancial order

Economic Life: You don't have to have followed the debate about the US budget deficit to be aware that something radical is happening to the status of the dollar

Lloyd's profits slump on disasters

Insurance market Lloyd's of London saw profits almost halve last year after a string of natural disasters sent claims soaring.

Margareta Pagano: A good Budget – but is Osborne missing a trick?

Everyone seems to agree that while this was a boring Budget, it is one which will turn out to be a bonanza for business. It was certainly a good Budget for George Osborne personally, and, if the glowing headlines are to be believed, his passage from pariah to putative prime minister is now complete.

Emergency G7 meeting called as yen hits record high

At the worst possible moment for Japan's economy, the yen has surged to all-time highs against the US dollar and other currencies, making life for its hard-pressed exporters, already battling with disruptions to supply chains and power, even more difficult.

Julian Assange slams extradition ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today criticised the European arrest warrant system after a judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face sex offence charges.

BP plans to sell several UK assets

Oil giant BP today revealed plans to sell several assets in the UK, including the biggest onshore oil field in Western Europe.

BP in deal with major Indian firm

BP is set to become a key player in the Indian oil and gas market after signing a 7.2 billion US dollar (£4.5 billion) deal with one of the country's biggest companies.

Boom times in China take economy past Japan

China has overtaken Japan to rank indisputably as the world's second largest economy, behind the US, a landmark moment in the return of the Middle Kingdom to global economic pre-eminence, the position it occupied until the 16th century. It is now the world's largest producer of shoes, cars, televisions, gold, coal and much else.

Copper nearing $10,000 a tonne

Copper hit a record high yesterday, nearing $10,000 a tonne on data suggesting the global recovery is picking up speed as well as supply concerns and a weaker US dollar.

BP bosses set to unveil annual loss

Bosses at BP will unveil the oil giant's first annual loss in nearly two decades tomorrow following a disastrous year for the blue-chip company.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

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