News A defiant George Osborne during Treasury Questions in the House of Commons

George Osborne refused to rule out a cut in the top rate of tax from 45p to 40p today as the Conservatives and Labour clashed over the economy.

An election race that hinges on the state of America’s economy was dominated by the release of new employment figures yesterday which allowed both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to lay a final claim to the eagerly contested mantle of job-creator-in-chief

Payroll figures give Mitt Romney last chance to make his pitch

But mixed messages from vital figures also hand Barack Obama a way to defend his record

Ferdinand has the right to challenge Fergie's values

Ever since as an apprentice toolmaker he joined the Amalgamated Engineering Union, Sir Alex Ferguson has embraced the concept of "one out, all out". Like many of his values, it has stuck with him for life.

Falling jobless rate boosts Barack Obama's presidential campaign

President Barack Obama received a pre-election boost today as official figures saw the US unemployment rate drop to its lowest level in nearly four years.

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove says sorry for playing fields sell-off error

The Government was forced to apologise today for issuing misleading figures about the sell-off of school playing fields.

Richard Garner: How our schools lost the plot

The Coalition decided to axe funding for PE teachers to train in delivering sport

Australian drilling company admits safety violations over pit disaster that killed 29

An Australian drilling company has admitted three health and safety violations in connection with a pit disaster in New Zealand in 2010 in which 29 miners were killed.

President Barack Obama enjoys a beer with potential voters in the must-win state of Ohio

Romney seizes on job figures to blame US 'misery' on Obama

President hits back at Republican's attack during tour of crucial must-win states

Migrant workers in Qatar face serious abuse

Migrant workers in Qatar face severe abuses that in some cases amount to forced labour, an international rights group said yesterday as it urged the Gulf nation to enact reforms ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Thein Sein: David Cameron will meet the Burmese President and is expected to praise his drive towards democracy

Cameron ready to reward Burma for reforms by easing sanctions

Visiting Aung San Suu Kyi on final leg of his Asian tour, PM seems set to ask EU to change course

Jack Straw has denied complicity in the rendition of Abdelhakim Belhaj

Spying agencies win legal right to keep MPs in dark over rendition

American intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, have won a court ruling allowing them to withhold evidence from British MPs about suspected UK involvement in "extraordinary rendition" – the secret arrests and alleged torture of terror suspects.

Blow for US recovery as fewer jobs are created

Worries over revival's momentum as increase in non-farm payroll is slowest since October

A petrol bomb explodes near riot police during demonstrationsin Athens

Running battles and rebellion in Athens over new austerity moves

Greek coalition in disarray as European creditors are accused of 'blackmail'

Employees of the Public Power Corporation protest over plans for privatisation in Athens yesterday

Athens agrees austerity deal in bid to unlock €130bn bailout

Greece yesterday unveiled a political deal over budget cuts that should unlock a €130bn (£109m) aid package and enable Athens to avoid a potentially catastrophic default next month. After a week of fraught negotiations between the three parties that make up Lucas Papademos' coalition government, the Prime Minister's office yesterday confirmed that agreement on €3.3bn of new spending cuts had been secured.

Employees of the Public Power Corporation protest over plans for privatisation in Athens yesterday

After months of talks, Greeks told their cuts still don't go far enough

Government agrees to slash budget by €3.3bn but eurozone demands more before releasing bailout

Joblessness fall sparks 11-year high for Nasdaq

The Nasdaq stock index surged to its highest level in 11 years, after data showed US unemployment fell significantly in January.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee