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BHP Billiton sees a dive in profits

BHP Billiton has delayed its planned $20bn (£13bn) Olympic Dam copper expansion and said no major projects would be approved in the year to June 2013, as it battles escalating capital costs.

'Neet' teenager levels show rise

The number of teenagers who are not in school, work or training has risen in the last year, according to new figures.

In the four months since George Osborne's Budget in March, the Government has now borrowed £9.3bn more than it did over the same period last year

Osborne forced to make deeper cuts after another shocking month

The Treasury has told Whitehall departments to prepare for a fresh round of budget cuts this autumn, after new figures revealed Britain's public finances are rapidly deteriorating.

Antonis Samaras has been advised not to fly following surgery

Greece doesn't want more money, says country's PM Antonis Samaras

Greece's prime minister has insisted ahead of a visit to Germany that Athens does not want more money from creditors, but indicated it would like more time to enact reforms and spending cuts.

The borrowing figures are a further blow to the Chancellor George Osborne

Another disastrous month - and George Osborne is forced to cut deeper

Public sector finances suffered from a 20 per cent fall in corporation tax receipts from business while public spending rose by 5 per cent, fuelled by higher benefit payments

In the four months since George Osborne's Budget in March, the Government has now borrowed £9.3bn more than it did over the same period last year

Oliver Wright: In the Chancellor of the Exchequer we do not trust

There is only one thing deteriorating as fast as Britain's public finances – and that is the public faith in George Osborne's ability to deal with the problem.

Leading article: Ethiopia faces an uncertain future

The death of Meles Zenawi, the prime minister of Ethiopia, at the relatively young age of 57, is a grave blow not just to the country which he rescued from the brink of recurring famine. It is a blow to the whole African continent and to the wider international community.

Belize offers 'scalping' on its bond

Belize is offering bondholders just 20 cents in the dollar in an attempted debt restructuring which is on even worse terms than Argentina's after it defaulted in 2001.

'Darth Vader' to head JPMorgan's inquiry into losses by London Whale

One of America's most notorious oil executives has been selected by JPMorgan to lead the internal inquiry into the $6bn (£3.8bn) of trading losses run up by the so-called London Whale.

Niall Ferguson, right, with his wife, the feminist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Hit the Road Barack: Will Niall Ferguson's damning Newsweek article on Obama have any real affect on the 2012 US presidential campaign?

The rumpus over Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek cover story proclaiming it was time for Obama to go proves an ancient truth. If there’s one thing worse than being talked about, it’s not being talked about.

Ally McCoist confirms Ipswich interest in Maurice Edu

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has confirmed Ipswich have tabled an offer for Maurice Edu.

Darling accuses Osborne of giving up on restoring UK growth

Alistair Darling has accused his successor George Osborne of giving up on restoring growth to the economy.

House building fell by 10 per cent in March to June of this year

Government U-turn 'will deny council housing to millions'

Labour hits out at plan to remove obligation to build affordable housing

Food costs to soar as US drought bites

Corn, soya bean and wheat harvests all suffer as extreme weather decimates American crop

Fresh UK figures help disperse some of the economic gloom

Glimmers of encouragement on the double-dip recession should emerge this week as number crunchers take a more upbeat view of the UK's performance between April and June.

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