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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

Road to recovery: But there have been many bumps along the way

Is the sun rising on Japan – or is this just another false dawn?

'Abenomics' seems to be doing the trick for the second-largest economy after two 'lost decades'. Danielle Levy reports

Market Report: Drug giant immune to dose of optimism

The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline missed out on the injection of optimism into the rest of the market yesterday as City analysts warned that it needs to spend more money on its pipeline of new drugs.

Fed looks to taper stimulus this year

Janet Yellen named to chair Fed as latest minutes reveal central bank concerns

Head of the Fed: Janet Yellen is not just more of the same

To characterise Yellen as simply a safe pair of hands is to mistake the circumstances in which she takes up her post

US shutdown: Markets drift on IMF warning over global economy

Global stock markets drifted Wednesday as news the Federal Reserve's vice chair will be nominated to head the US central bank gave only a slight lift to investor sentiment darkened by an IMF warning on the global economy.

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's move back from slowing the stimulus sent jubilant investors racing back into risky assets at the prospect of extended easy money

Investors rush back as the Fed keeps on pumping cash

Investors piled into shares, bonds and the pound today after the US Federal Reserve's shock decision not to slow the pace of its money-printing programme.

US markets up after Larry Summers backs out of Federal Reserve race

The decision by Larry Summers to back out of the race to replace Ben Bernanke at the helm of the US Federal Reserve when he steps down next year, has boosted expectations of a dovish outlook for the monetary policy in the world’s largest economy, driving up stocks and bonds.

Pound gains ground as Summers pulls out

Sterling hit an eight-month high against the dollar today after former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers decided to pull out of the race to be the next Federal Reserve chairman.

What the Sunday papers said

The Independent on Sunday: Fed to taper QE as US picks up

Fed set to taper QE as US picks up

Signs of gathering momentum in world's biggest economy will influence central bank's decision

US jobs disappointment cuts chances of Fed easing stimulus

The US economy created fewer jobs than forecast in August, dampening expectations that the Federal Reserve will start weaning the US economy off its stimulus programme this month.

Fed united on need to taper QE but split on timing

Markets left guessing on September wind down of stimulus programme

Slowing US economy likely to be boosted as Washington eases belt-tightening

Tighter fiscal policy and sluggish global demand, which has dampened exports, are seen as having hobbled the economy in the April-June period

Mark Dampier: Don't write off bond exposure just yet

It is still difficult to see interest rates in the UK rising before the next general election.

Market Report: ECB rule change is good news for RBS

Frankfurt rarely issues diktats that are helpful to the UK’s banks, but yesterday a rule change meant that taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was the order of the day for investors. News of a change to the way the European Central Bank views loans on banks’ balance sheets helped RBS up nearly 4 per cent.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?