News The rise in the cost of groceries has contributed to the rise in people using food banks, such as this one in Poplar

The Government has been accused of protecting corporate profits at the expense of the world’s poorest people by trying to block European Union reforms to curb food speculation.

Simon English: Better to trust the man on the 341 bus than bankers

Last May the commodities trading giant and all around company-of-the-future Glencore came to the stock market, turning a private concern into a public company owned by our pension funds and other supposedly savvy investors.

Xstrata out to salvage £57bn merger with concessions on bosses' pay

Xstrata has bowed to pressure from angry shareholders over its proposed mining-commodities mega-merger with Glencore and significantly changed controversial plans to pay key executives £170m just to keep them at the combined group if the deal goes through.

Simon English: What would you pay for slightly used commodities giant Glencore?

Outlook Last May the commodities trading giant and all around company-of-the-future Glencore came to the stock market, turning a private concern into a public company owned by our pension funds and other supposedly savvy investors.

Trio guilty of £12m con

Three men have been found guilty of conning a Christian philanthropist out of £12 million.

Shareholders await prospectus for Glencore-Xstrata merger

The prospectus outlining the creation of a £50bn-plus commodities empire will be sent to shareholders of the two FTSE-100 group's involved this week.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Keira Knightley could do for Imelda Marcos what Meryl Streep did for Mrs Thatcher'

Who knew that if Keira Knightley 'adores' a pair of shoes she sees in a shop, she will buy them whether they are available in her size or not?

Banks' bonanza in MegaFon float

The investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley could be on for a bumper pay day after being selected to float Russia's second-largest mobile phone company on the London stock market.

The company said it will open 25 new stores in 2012, creating jobs including butchery, bakery and fishmongery posts

Morrisons reports sales decline

Supermarket group Morrisons posted its first decline in sales in nearly a decade today after it refused to square up to rivals with promotions "at any cost".

James Cameron explored another frontier in a dive to the Pacific's depths

From the depths to the heavens: star director sets out to mine asteroids

After his journey to the bottom of the sea, James Cameron has a new far-flung idea

Deripaska upbeat on London arbitration case

Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire chief executive of the Russian aluminium giant Rusal, appeared to dismiss the prospect of arch-rival Viktor Vekselberg besting him in an arbitration case heading for London yesterday.

Goldman bonus pool shrinks, but no layoffs

Staff at Goldman Sachs have been put on notice to expect more cuts to their bonuses this year, after the bank slashed payments to its bonus pool in the first three months of 2012.

Market Report: 'Glenstrata' partners slip amid tie-up uncertainties

The merger may have hit a mini speed bump, but many in the City are still enthusiastic over "Glenstrata". Yet, while investors were being told yesterday that they will have to wait an extra month before getting documents relating to theproposed tie-up between Glencore and Xstrata, speculation was doing therounds suggesting that the former may have to alter its approach in order to seal the deal.

Ration Books: Pupils at a school in a Nairobi slum eat a meal provided by the World Food Programme

The real hunger games: How banks gamble on food prices – and the poor lose out

In the last decade, financiers have speculated billions of pounds in food, helping to make prices dearer and more volatile

Two years on, Anglo finally poised to sell Scaw Metals arm

Metals companies are in talks with black empowerment groups over teaming up to bid for the South African steel manufacturing assets of mining giant Anglo American.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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