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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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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch