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'A puzzling argument on the value of economics'

Iran tensions push up oil price

Fears of supply crunch and hopes of stimulus combine to send up price of barrel of crude

Rail season tickets 'up nearly 11%'

Hard-hit rail commuters are braced for more misery tomorrow when inflation figures are set to reveal that some season tickets will go up nearly 11% next year.

Asia stocks fall against background of Japan slowdown

Asian stock markets fell today after a slowdown in Japan's growth gave investors another reason to worry about the health of the global economy.

August 4th - At the athletics:
Mr Cameron did not look as if he was enjoying the athletics that much. All the pictures of him captured a strained expression, possibly because he was placed alongside a more casual looking Prince William, who spent much of the time chatting with his wife. That was, until Mo Farah won the 10,000m and he even hugged Boris.

Kevin Garside: Pressure the PM but it's also our job to keep sport thriving

The Way I See It: There simply isn’t time or the funding in the state sector to devote the formal time required to give kids the exposure to sport we would all like. That has to come from parents and clubs, from people like you and me.

George Osborne: Cutting the top rate of tax has not won him the support of millionaires

Now British millionaires lose faith in Osborne

A majority of Britain's millionaires have, for the first time, lost confidence in George Osborne's economic policies.

Betrayal of the gardeners: have councils lost the plot over plans to sell allotments?

Three quarters of Britain's 330,000 allotment holders fear their land may be sold off for development, according to a recent survey, despite demand for plots outstripping supply.

Liberal Democrats slam Osborne over green policies

Chancellor George Osborne faces strong criticism from his Treasury number two next month over a failure to back green policies.

Analysts fear jobless figures will rise again by the autumn

An autumn hangover for the UK's jobs market is set to swell the unemployed ranks by 150,000 by the end of this year, experts warned today.

Blade runner: Great Britain's Ed McKeever powers to victory in the 200m men's final

Canoeing: Ed 'The Cleaver' McKeever cuts up field like Usain Bolt

Ed McKeever is quickly labelled the Usain Bolt of sprint canoeing after powering away and holding lead to win gold

Gold medal hope Rebecca Adlington won two bronze medals

Swimming performance director Michael Scott 'gutted' with poor showing at London 2012 but will not step down

Michael Scott, the performance director of British Swimming, has promised to make his team “leaner and meaner” following their failure in the London Games.

Lord Coe: 'We have to recognise that we are likely to be the first generation of parents that are fitter than our kids.'

Sebastian Coe: We risk having children who are less fit than their parents

London's Olympics chief wades into row over sport at school – and piles pressure on Cameron

We love our mobiles, but why don’t we go for the best deals?

Despite ongoing financial pressures, only 7 per cent of mobile-carrying Brits would change networks in order to secure the best deal, even though more than three quarters (76 per cent) claim that price is the most important factor when deciding on a contract.

One in five youngsters thinks their parents worry about money 'all the time'

Family money woes a burden on the kids

Children as young as eight stressed by parents' worry about finance, new study warns

Kate Hughes: Legacy lessons still have not been learned

In case you missed it amid the infectious enthusiasm of the "Hoy" polloi, this week marked the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the credit crunch. Sixty months, 260 weeks or, give or take, 1825 days that has required tough money management, clever budgeting and a bit of hoping for the best just to keep many of us afloat. So have we, the banks, the regulators and the government, learned our lesson yet? It seems not.

New construction figures offer hope for GDP

The double-dip recession may not be as deep as originally feared after figures today showed a less severe decline in construction sector output than previously estimated.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas