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Angry depositors ran amok at a bank in central Harare on Monday, breaking down a door and smashing windows after money ran out to pay withdrawals as cash shortages worsen.

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British society changes overnight as bureaucrats re-classify us all

EVERY ONE being British - or at least able to exercise that quintessentially British quality of restraint - no one actually mentioned the eldest son of Princess Margaret by name. But the Viscount Linley question hunger in the air at the launch of the Government's new definitions of class yesterday.

Sorry William, you can never win when you've been branded a loser

Blair has around him the skills of the greatest political strategists of our time. Hague has Sebastian Coe

Theatre: Troilus and Cressida The Pit (0171-638 8891)

The last time the RSC put on this play, it was all muscular thighs and bursting thongs. Michael Boyd's new staging reverts to the more usual practice of referring to World War I, but adds a twist by presenting the Trojans as an extended Irish family. By contrast, the Greeks, in suits, look like pistol-toting bank managers re-enacting the Fall of Troy. There are some strong performances - Paul Hamilton as Ajax, Sara Stewart as Helen of Troy - but it's not the greatest compliment to say that this production has its moments.

Theatre: Beware Greeks wearing suits

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA RSC THE PIT

Go Higher: Make friends with your bank

Ignore special offers and choose the bank that will suit your needs best, writes Alex Watts

Go Higher: Who to turn to for financial help

HOWEVER HARD you try to make your finances last, there will probably come a time when your money runs out.

Restaurants: Reality bites

No wonder the ladies who lunch can afford to go shopping all afternoon - it's because they've saved so much money by eating at the best restaurants at the cheaper time!

The customers' champion

Bill Dalton, Midland's boss, is not what you expect from the British banking establishment; the Hilary Clarke interview

Film: Dark Blood: the vanishing of a Hollywood star

George Sluizer was the last man to direct River Phoenix before the actor's untimely death. He was also responsible for the creepiest thriller of the Eighties - the `disappearance' movie to end them all. Or so you'd think.

Close Encounter: Why I won't survive

JOANNA BRISCOE GETS WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Seventies disco revival throbs on. But who exactly is it strutting their funky stuff 'neath the strobes? A night out in Soho revealed all

Friday Book: The life of Dennis the menaced

DENNIS POTTER: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY BY HUMPHREY CARPENTER, FABER & FABER, pounds 20

Female boss who made man mop floor is guilty of sex bias

THE COUNTRY'S youngest female bank manager was guilty of sex discrimination against a male employees, an industrial tribunal ruled yesterday.

In the Sticks: The chicken lorry had the best career

I KEEP seeing the names of people I was at university with popping up in prominent positions. People who didn't have a brain cell at 19 have blossomed into geniuses by 40, with words before their names like Professor and Dame. All I have to offer where it says "title" on forms is "Miss", and even that's a terrible mistake.

Midweek Money: Someone you can bank on in times of trouble

In the first of a series on how customers can make effective complaints , John Andrew looks at the sterling work of the Banking Ombudsman
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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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
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

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Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

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Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum
France's Front National and the fear of a ‘gay lobby’ around Marine Le Pen

Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’

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Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report'

Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
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Radio 1 to mediate between the Swifties and Azaleans

New chart host Clara Amfo must placate pop's fan armies
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

The head of Veterans Aid on how his charity is changing perceptions of ex-servicemen and women in need
Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Its use is always wrong and, despite CIA justifications post 9/11, the information obtained from it is invariably tainted, argues Patrick Cockburn