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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

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

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.

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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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
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Songs from the bell jar

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How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Join the tequila gold rush

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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