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George Osborne has been accused of resorting to “smoke and mirrors” to give himself a fighting chance of hitting his self-imposed debt reduction targets.

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The Chancellor George Osborne said that he is up to the challenge of astronomer Brian Cox to make Britain the best place in the world to do science as he promised to make scientific innovation central to the country’s industrial strategy.

Greek bailout delayed despite vote

The next tranche of bailout cash cannot be released next week, even though the Greek parliament narrowly backed more unpopular austerity measures yesterday.

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Britain's beleaguered pub industry was given some hope yesterday after backbench MPs forced the Government to look again at rules which make beer duty rise faster than inflation.

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London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton took his seat in the House of Lords today.

Merkel's rival admits income broke the law

Peer Steinbrück, the main challenger to the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in next year's German elections, faced a barrage of criticism yesterday after he revealed that he had earned €1.25m (£1m) as a public speaker and admitted breaking the law by failing to declare some of the income.

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Poorer drivers could be priced off motorways under plans being examined to set up a two-tier system of road tax. The proposal is being considered by Whitehall officials as they consider how to reform vehicle excise duty, which currently raises £6bn a year for the Treasury.

Government's 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty could cost 35,000 jobs campaigners say

The Government’s 3p-a-litre rise on fuel duty could lead to 35,000 job losses in the New Year and stall economic growth, campaigners warned today. 

ICC chief prosecutor accuses Kenya’s government of failing to provide evidence for post-election riot accused

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor today said Kenya’s government had not cooperated fully in providing evidence for the trial of four prominent Kenyans accused of fuelling post-election violence in 2007.

Of the 431,000 jobs created by the UK economy in the past year, 318,000 are part-time

Figures to show Britain has emerged from recession

Ministers will today hail Britain's "healing economy" as official figures show it has emerged from double-dip recession, but have been ordered not to mention the "green shoots" of recovery.

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