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One of Britain's biggest budget hotel operators is set to walk away from 49 of its hotels and write off £700 million of its debts under a controversial rescue deal.

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Thousands of cancer patients whose disease has spread to the bone are to benefit from a new drug which is to be made available on the NHS.

Justin King: It's vital that we invest in the next generation

This week saw another generation of school leavers achieve excellent A-levels after years of hard work.

Laurie Penny: Beat the bastards, go to university

So, the bastards have won this round. Today half a million 18-year-olds will get their A-level results and join the scramble for university places that now cost three times what they did last year. Higher education is looking more and more like it was designed by a cutthroat consumer recasting of Thomas Gradgrind, Dickens's cold-blooded headmaster from Hard Times, who believed that profit was the only point of learning.

Laura Greig has struggled to find full-time employment

When students leave uni, full-time work is harder to find than ever

Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level for almost a year – but Britain's part-time workforce burst through the eight million mark for the first time.

Leading article: Time to cap the cost of care for the elderly

Politicians across the spectrum must finally live up to their promises

Suicide rates rocket in wake of economic downturn recession

Suicide rates have rocketed since the economic downturn, with the biggest rise in areas suffering most unemployment, new research reveals.

Hamish McRae: Painful, yes. But we are slowly recovering

What happens next? There is always a sense of unease in August, a feeling that there are autumn storms just around the corner, but this year all has been pushed aside by the triumph of the Olympics. So will those concerns now return with a bang? Or do we just resume the long trudge of correcting the errors of the boom years and wishing we had less of a headwind as we did so?

Jim O’Neill: the world economy is a bit more balanced now

Hamish McRae: At last we're correcting the errors of the boom years

The big question now is whether there has been permanent damage

Double-dip threat to eurozone

The embattled eurozone was on the brink of a double-dip recession today as figures revealed that the 17-nation economy shrank by 0.2% between April and June.

Concerns over Middle East conflict force up oil prices

The global oil price spiked upwards yesterday as fears grew of a looming conflict between Israel and Iran and constraints on supply started to bite.

Leading article: The weakness exposed by Paul Ryan

Mitt Romney was yesterday formally nominated as the Republican presidential candidate, half-way through a campaign tour with his newly announced running mate. The warmth with which his choice of Paul Ryan, a fiscally conservative congressman, has been received by the party's rank and file, however, could have a double edge. It is not, after all, the Republican grassroots that Mr Romney has to convince before 6 November. It is the undecided middle and disappointed Obama-voters.

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