IT will rescue Britain, insists Microsoft boss

Ballmer predicts thousands of new computing jobs but calls for investment in skills

Hamish McRae: Sometimes governments get it right

The question now is how to choreograph the recovery and get the balance right

Britain stalls on new deal to rescue Africa

Chancellor claims fund-raising charge on all global banking transactions is not workable

Ireland pays £48bn to rescue five banks from toxic debts

Five High street banks in Ireland are to be paid £48bn by a state agency to cover their toxic debts in the biggest financial rescue in the country's history. Bonds issued by the National Assets Management Agency (Nama) will provide the struggling banks with £7bn more than the current £41bn value of their toxic debts.

Postal workers vote on national strike

Small businesses count cost as huge backlog of mail builds up in sorting offices

Product placement to the rescue of broadcasters

Easing of advertising rules could be worth £100m a year to ailing television industry

A deal fit for a future King? Waitrose pays princely sum for Duchy rights

Supermarket signs exclusive deal to make, license and sell Prince's luxury food range

Letters: Terrorist crimes

More panic in the face of terrorist crimes

Suicidal man faces £24,000 bill for rail firm's lost profits

Docklands Light Railway seeks compensation for loss of revenue while police rescued man from bridge

Focus DIY chain unveils rescue plan

Britain's biggest commercial landlords will back a deal to save DIY chain Focus at a creditors' meeting today.

Argentine FA hoping new TV deal will save ailing clubs

The Argentine Football Association on Tuesday broke a contract granting television rights to a local company, hoping to land a new, more lucrative deal to broadcast the country's matches. The decision to dump rights-holding company TSC came as Argentine officials try to rescue debt-ridden clubs whose financial woes have delayed the start of the season.

Observations: Horse Meat Disco reveals its manifesto

Escapist disco and recession have gone together since the sound was forged in grim, late-1970s New York, so the UK's premier Studio 54 revivalists have shown expert timing by waiting to release their first mix CD. Rather than encouraging afro wigs and flares, Horse Meat Disco has revived various strands of underground dance since 2003. The club night has gained influence and popularity more recently since it found its home in Vauxhall, south London's gay village, and thrived as a mixed-sex haven. Along the way, HMD has helped rescue disco from hen-night ignominy. Now it is part of a fully-fledged movement that ranges from the sophisticated productions of Hercules & Love Affair to the more chilled Scandinavian exponents of cosmic disco.

Adrian Hamilton: The bitter politics of debt reduction

In hard times there is virtue in the politician who proposes harsh measures

Retailers unveil strategy to rescue blighted high streets

The British Retail Consortium has urged the Government to help "rescue" the high street from an accelerated demise as the number of boarded-up shops soars during the downturn.

Theo Fennell rides to the rescue of his own company

'King of Bling' returns to board of celebrity jeweller and raises his shareholding
Career Services

Day In a Page

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried