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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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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