News Archbishop Welby had previously spoken out against payday lenders such as Wonga

The  Church of England has appointed a New York-based specialist to screen its portfolio of assets in the wake of its embarrassing Wonga debacle last year.

Nearly a century after the Armenian genocide, these people are still being slaughtered in Syria

And now, almost unmentioned in the media, their holy places are also being desecrated

Kim Wilde: The pop-singer-turned-gardener-turned-pop-singer talks Elvis, trees and drunken singalongs

I was profoundly affected by music from a very young age As a toddler I used to sit and weep every time Coronation Street came on TV; it had such a sad theme tune that it broke my heart every time.

Martin McSherry has an idea of stacking coffins in a high-rise tower in Oslo

Norway's vertical cemetery idea destined to die

A daily reminder of mortality towering over Oslo may not to be everyone’s taste, but a young architect has earned a commendation for his plans to build Norway’s first vertical cemetery.

Neil Finn, gig review: 'He never really takes off

St James’s Church, London

The Bay Psalms Book sold for $14.2 million at a Sotheby's New York auction last night

Bay Psalm Book sold for world record $14.2m at auction

The work has become the most expensive printed book in the world

There are 400 French soldiers already on the ground in the Central African Republic
Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square

'A new tyranny': Pope Francis attacks unfettered capitalism and says rich should share wealth

Pontiff calls for major change - but reiterates church's opposition to abortion and the ordination of female priests

The remains of King Richard III were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, under a car park in Leicester

Wars of the Roses Part 2: High Court battle over burial of Richard III set to continue as case is adjourned

Relatives of the monarch are fighting to stop Richard's remains being re-interred at Leicester Cathedral

19th November 1620, The Pilgrim Fathers arriving on the Mayflower and landing in New England, where they founded the Plymouth Colony

The £18m psalm book? 'Act of defiance' by early US settlers could be most expensive written volume ever sold at auction

A modest and well-thumbed book of psalms printed in the New England wilderness by early colonists could become the most expensive written volume ever sold at auction.

Old bronze and chalk models are displayed at the Pontificia Fonderia Marinalli factory; founded in 1339, the company is still in business

After 1,000 years, Italian bell makers ring the changes with exports taking up the slack

The process of making bronze bells hasn’t altered much in 1,000 years at the Pontifical Marinelli Foundry. What’s changing is where they chime, as Italy’s oldest family business looks abroad to avoid the economy at home.

HIV testing clinic opens in London church

A free HIV testing clinic will open in a London church today in a bid to tackle the higher rate of infection in the African community.

Of monks and men: Mount Athos, in Greece, only opens its doors to male visitors

Typhoon Haiyan: Death toll now over 5,000, authorities say

The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 in the Philippines and is likely to climb further.

Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios: Macau is Sin City of the East – but without the sin

Macau’s tourist board has been going to great lengths in recent years to try and show the town is more than simply the Las Vegas of the east.

Former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers has been arrested

Paul Flowers arrested over drug allegations

Mr Flowers was allegedly filmed handing over £300 for illegal drugs

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

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