News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

Editorial: Equality is for everyone – men, too

Today is a landmark in gender equality – but of a kind that may not be entirely welcome to women. An EU ruling that forces Britain's insurance companies to stop charging men and women different prices is now law. And that means that women drivers – whose safer record behind the wheel than their male counterparts has benefited them for so long – will almost certainly see their premiums rise.

£1bn North Sea oil fields project approved

A £1 billion project to develop two oil fields in the North Sea has been given the go-ahead.

Civil disobedience in middle England

When lap-dancing clubs or high-speed trains upset the natural order, residents take matters into their own hands
Chancellor George Osborne delivers his autumn budget in parliament

Osborne plays down fears over Britain's credit rating

George Osborne today played down the prospect of Britain being stripped of its cherished AAA credit rating because of his failure to hit his targets for reducing debts.

Coffee giant 'close to deal over UK tax payments'

The American coffee chain Starbucks is understood to be close to a deal with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs that could see it pay between £5m and £10m in corporation tax this year.

George Osborne with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander yesterday

George Osborne's raid on middle class: 400,000 forced on to 40p income tax rate

Benefits capped, growth forecasts slashed and austerity plans extended to 2018: Chancellor breaks bad news in Autumn Statement

Cost fears raised but overhaul for PFI is given a welcome, too

Autumn Statement

Margaret Hodge stepped up her campaign against tax avoidance, suggesting that the government contracts should not be given to accountancy firms that help tax avoiders

Starbucks ready to agree tax settlement as sales slump

Watchdog urges ban on Government contracts for accountants who assist tax evasion

Economy to contract this year despite Treasury's claim of growth

The British economy is set to contract this year, according to figures published by the Treasury which suggest that official growth forecasts will be downgraded sharply.

David Cameron rules out 'naming and shaming' multinationals who fail to pay their 'fair share' of tax

David Cameron has ruled out “naming and shaming” large multinational companies who fail to pay their “fair share” of tax in Britain.

Global giants must be 'named and shamed' over tax avoidance

MPs calls for end to 'sweetheart deals' and insist multinationals should be prosecuted for not paying enough tax

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that he would look for greater contributions from the wealthy as he seeks to tackle the UK’s deficit

Government considering £1.8bn raid on tax relief

The amount of money that people will be able to pay into their pension pots without paying tax on it could be slashed by up to a third as part of a £1.8bn raid on tax relief.

It's unfair on the ordinary taxpayer

The fact that Manchester United and other clubs paid no corporation tax can't be right. Multimillion-pound football clubs shouldn't be able to beat the tax system. Loopholes should be closed. It might not be illegal, but it's wrong when others have to pay taxes in full.

Eurozone crisis will last until late 2013, says Draghi

European Central Bank chief accuses politicians of living in a 'fairy world'

Cans of lager on supermarket shelf

Cabinet split over plans for levy on alcohol

Research shows public is sceptical that minimum pricing would reduce alcohol consumption and feared it would punish moderate drinkers

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie