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The debate about whether aid is a sound way of reducing poverty in developing nations is necessary and important. But what both sides agree upon is that it is essential to make a distinction between normal intergovernmental subventions and emergency famine relief.

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Britain's effort to protect the world's poorest countries from international debt "vultures" appeared to be in tatters last night, after a US firm won a court ruling allowing it to pursue a $100m debt claim against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

PM announces £814m child jabs boost

David Cameron today committed an extra £814 million of British money to the vaccination of children in poor countries, insisting the UK had a "moral" obligation to help despite public spending cuts at home.

Lagarde takes IMF campaign to emerging economies

The French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde dashed to India yesterday as she sought to secure the backing of the Asian country for her candidacy to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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The engineering giant Rolls-Royce and the German car group Daimler are offering €3.2bn (£2.7bn) for the engine-maker Tognum.

Cherie Blair to lead Labour policy review

Cherie Blair has been recruited to lead one of the policy reviews set up by Labour leader Ed Miliband, the party said today.

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Major industries are always major contaminators. It's easy to forget this, as Britain is a country in which manufacturing and resource extraction have all but disappeared, and the current generation of young Britons is growing up with rivers cleaner than they have been, in some cases, since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

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Lord Green, the new Trade minister, is being urged to embrace a wider spectrum of businesses when he embarks on a national tour tomorrow to promote British exports.

Leading article: Better than nothing, but not much

The best that can be said of the United Nations climate change summit in Cancun is that it could have been worse. The Mexican hosts managed to produce a document that all delegates were able to sign up to. It was not the diplomatic "car crash" that our own Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, warned of as the summit was nearing its conclusion.

After the cop-out in Copenhagen, it's chaos in Cancun

The latest climate talks are at risk of achieving nothing

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The United Nations summit on climate change in Cancun convened two weeks ago amid the lowest expectations of success. And it seems poised to deliver on them. The conference ends today and none of the delegates is even pretending that there is a chance that the meeting will produce a global deal on legally binding reductions to the carbon emissions that are driving global warming.

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