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Walker to take over from Agius at Barclays

Barclays has hired the City grandee Sir David Walker on a salary of £750,000 to take over as chairman with the brief of mending the bank's battered reputation.

There is no single answer to world hunger, says David Cameron

David Cameron today spoke of his hopes for a summit to tackle hunger, but admitted: “There's no one single answer to this.”

A jubilant Katie Taylor makes the most of the medal ceremony

Boxing: Green machine purrs as golden girl delivers

Katie Taylor had the raucous support of thousands on both sides of the Irish Sea

Export slump sets back recovery hopes

A dramatic export collapse left the UK with a huge £10.1bn goods trade gap in June, dealing a blow to the Bank of England's hopes for a rebalancing of the economy.

Married couple from London charged with smuggling the stimulant khat into North America

A husband and wife from west London were today charged with smuggling the stimulant khat to North America.

Ian Birrell: Our attitudes to disabled people stink

The details are disturbing, a horrific blast from the darkest days of the past. Lonely people with learning difficulties punched and kicked – their bones broken, their fingers wrenched back, teeth knocked out – in the home that should have been their sanctuary. The assaults at Winterbourne View were horrific. But just as shocking were the systematic failures of one protective authority after another to stop them, their bungling and casual complacency ensuring the torture continued unabated. Only when Panorama exposed what was going on did anything happen.

HMV slumps to £16.2m loss

Troubled music retailer HMV slumped to a loss of £16.2 million today but said its recovery was on track as it ramps up sales of electronic devices.

The OBR is also likely to cut growth forecasts, adding to pressure for a 'Plan B'

George Osborne told his lending scheme boosts banks - not the economy

Fears that Britain is flatlining as forecast predicts zero growth in 2012 and 2 per cent next year

Games help to up pace at Sportingbet

Any gambler 'going short' of the number of gold medals Australia might win in the Olympics is looking good. Until Monday when Sally Pearson, pictured, romped home in the 100m hurdles, one wag noted, it was hard to be certain that Australia hadn't boycotted the Games altogether.

Kerri Walsh Jennings (left) and Misty May-Treanor of the United States celebrate winning the gold medal last night

British volleyball's future built on more than sand

Both the indoor and much-trivialised beach version of the sport can prosper after the Games

Italy stuck in downward austerity spiral

Beleaguered Italy paid the price of Prime Minister Mario Monti's €20bn (£15.8bn) austerity drive yesterday as official figures showed its sclerotic economy shrank at the fastest annual pace for three years between April and June.

Bank of England to cut growth forecast to zero

The Bank of England will slash its growth forecasts close to zero tomorrow as the double-dip recession deepens and the eurozone storm closes in on UK shores.

Manufacturers reveal better-than-expected figures for Diamond Jubilee period

Manufacturers were not as badly hit by the disruption caused by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations as previously feared, figures revealed today.

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

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Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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