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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.

Crawley, Crawley, hallelujah!

Non-leaguers head for Old Trafford hoping for an FA Cup shock. Andy McCorkell went with them

Michael Bywater: Uniforms are there for a reason

In 1998, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Proceedings of the House had to reverse its decision to tell peers not to speak with their hands in their pockets, and look where it got us: a Speaker of the Commons in a lounge suit, correctly condemned over the weekend by Baroness Boothroyd (a former incumbent of the post) for losing respect.

Life on the front line of Britain's debt

Business has been booming for the Consumer Credit Counselling Service. Julian Knight meets the charity's founder

The Reversal, By Michael Connelly

A novel that meddles with morals

The Stray Sod Country, By Patrick McCabe

Even the blender is crazed in an Irish border town

Corrupt police officer jailed over kidnap plot

A corrupt police officer and four other men who plotted to kidnap a bank manager were jailed today.

Katy Holland: Get off the sofa and try these half-term bargain breaks

Are We There Yet? Half-term holidays on the cheap

Man guilty of planning to kidnap bank manager

A man was found guilty today of planning with a corrupt police constable to kidnap a bank manager.

Quarter 'could not live without overdraft'

A quarter of people say they could not live without their overdraft and one in five admits to being constantly in the red, a survey suggested today.

The Town, Venice Film Festival

Three years ago, actor turned director Ben Affleck surprised critics with his highly accomplished debut feature, Gone Baby Gone, a disturbing, morally ambiguous drama about the search for an abducted kid. The Town, a thriller about Boston bank robbers, is a more conventional assignment, but it underlines Affleck's credentials as an actor's director. The plotting is strictly formulaic. What gives the film heft and pathos are the character performances and Affleck's vivid use of his Boston locations.

On the agenda: Fashion Designers' Sketchbooks; Roundhouse Records; Joaquin Phoenix; Susie Poole's Sister Lucy's Great Big Family; Crucible; Wahaca

Lagerfeld in a sketch, Hirst in a cathedral and Joaquin Phoenix in a weird state of mind

Simon Read: Banks need a personal touch to keep the economy healthy

Britain's high-street banks have been much criticised this week for not lending enough money. "Turn on the lending taps," has been the cry. "It will help businesses and it will help the economy." While kick-starting the economy is important, we don't want a swift return to the days of uncontrolled lending of a few years ago, when even the most credit-blacklisted seemed able to borrow thousands of pounds from banks keen to swell their profits.

Dom Joly: Down and out in Paris and Twitterdom

I died last week. A comedian of whom I had never heard but with a fairly decent number of followers tweeted that I was dead. It was apparently as an aside to some half-baked joke about a mobile phone but, as I have learned, twitter is not the place for subtlety.

Steve Richards: Brown's political hell is all but over; for his rivals the nightmare's about to begin

By next week we could be back to the early 1990s with a right-wing dominated party screaming about Europe, demanding even bigger spending cuts
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