Ben Chu: Gilded bubbles of denial

Outlook We humans have a biological need for narrative explanations, for meaning. We instinctively dislike the idea that things just happen. We want to know why they happen. It makes us feel better. Take the gold price crash.

Chinese slowdown rocks global markets

The gold price slumped to its lowest for more than two years yesterday as fears over a major sell-off from institutional investors and central banks sent traders rushing out of the precious metal.

Pressure on Cyprus to sell off some of its gold

Mediterranean island looks to raise extra €6bn to avoid bankruptcy

Cyprus must pay an extra €6bn for bailout loan

The cost of bailing out Cyprus has swollen to €23bn (£19bn), with the crisis-hit country having to take on the lion’s share of the measures needed to avoid bankruptcy, according to a draft report by its international creditors.

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Rachel Yankey marks England milestone with win over Canada

Arsenal’s Rachel Yankey matched Peter Shilton’s caps’ record as a last-gasp header from Ellen White gave England a 1-0 victory over Canada in Rotherham.

Satyajit Das: Cyprus - a faraway country, but more important than you realise

Midweek View: Politically expedient accusations of money laundering and tax evasion in Cyprus are hypocritical

Cypriot finance minister quits as inquiry begins

'Actions and omissions' that led to crisis will be investigated by judges

Postcard from... North Nicosia

Members of the nationalist Cypriot party Elam (National Popular Front) march with a banner during a protest against the measures imposed on the banking sector

Violence against Cyprus’s migrant workers trails in the wake of country's economic collapse

Immigrants are increasingly the target of attacks on the stricken holiday island, writes Charlotte McDonald-Gibson in Trachoni

Margareta Pagano: Can Aphrodite reunite Cyprus and Turkey?

The current plight of the Mediterranean island could be eased if it can build bridges with its former enemy to exploit nearby gas fields
Cypriots outside a branch of Laiki Bank last week

Savage terms for Cyprus depositors

Some savers may face losses of up to 60 per cent in deal designed to avert bankruptcy

Anthony Hilton: Rowland keeping it in the family bank

I rather fancy the idea of being so rich that you buy your own bank to look after your money rather than having to lie awake worrying that your high street branch is about to go bust on you.

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Archbishop of Canterbury will play The Vicar of Dibley theme tune on Classic FM on Easter Sunday

Page 3 Profile: Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury

Any message from the Archbishop this Easter?

Nicos Anastasiades has authorised the accountant-general to cut his salary to show solidarity with Cyprus' savers

President of Cpyrus says country was a euro 'experiment'

In a speech laden with criticism of Europe’s currency union for “experimenting” with the island’s fate, the president of Cyprus has said the risk of bankruptcy has been contained and it has no intention of leaving the euro.

Andry Lambrou: 'They should confiscate the villas first. Whatever I had I worked for'

'I spent it all. Thank God I did!' Relief for now in Cyprus – but pessimism still reigns

Fears for jobs, banks and other industries are high

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Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
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Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power