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

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
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Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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A new American serial killer?

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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?