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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

Miliband interventions could hit stock market prices, experts warn

Britain’s stock market rally could end over the coming months if the likelihood of a Labour victory at the next election grows, experts have warned. 

Theodore Roosevelt, who was the 26th President of the United States

President Theodore Roosevelt provides Ed Miliband with an unlikely role model

Consumer groups will be given a greater role in identifying and fixing "broken markets" under Labour plans

Grace Dent on TV: Benefits Street, Channel 4

The title screams "poverty porn", but this is a show rich in compassion 

Money Insider: Go back to basics to sort out your finances

Many people will have made a resolution to reorganise their money matters this year – it's probably one of the top three 2014 promises, alongside shedding a bit of weight and doing more exercise.

Labour leader Ed Miliband during a Q&A session at the Standard Life building in Edinburgh, Thursday 7 November

Ed Miliband's big plan is anti-big business, not anti-business. Now he must convince the electorate

Some Labour figures worry that the party leader is overdoing the anti-business rhetoric

Royal Dutch Shell issues shock profit warning

Shell dropped a bombshell on investors after warning that fourth quarter profit will be "significantly" lower than last year, blaming low production, high exploration costs and continuing problems with refining.

Israeli soldiers on guard at a West Bank mosque damaged by settlers

Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians quadruple, says UN

Trees have been cut down, mosques defaced and farmers beaten

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

UK ‘has some of the highest and most volatile food prices’, claims Oxfam

Britons face some of the highest and most volatile food prices in Western Europe, according to research published today.

Prudent shopper Russell Lynch, who started compiling his own inflation index 18 months ago

Is inflation really falling? Not in my weekly shop

Officially, the cost of living is under control. So why doesn't it feel like that?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron’s liaisons are so different to François Hollande’s

It’s fair to assume that David Cameron’s appearance before the Commons Liaison Committee was not the most watched public questioning of a European leader this afternoon. Or, for the man in question, the most gruelling. 

Bangkok shutdown: Thai anti-government protesters continue demonstrations

Thousands are continuing to blockade major intersections for a second day in a bid to topple Thailand's government

David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. MPs have accused the government of seeking to bribe local councils to grant planning permission for controversial fracking projects

Government accused of 'bribing local councils' on controversial fracking projects

MPs accused the government of seeking to bribe local councils to grant planning permission for controversial fracking projects today, just as new figures showed Britain’s shale gas regulator has only six staff dedicated to fracking full time.

Anti-fracking protests hit headlines during test drilling in Balcombe in August 2013

David Cameron goes 'all out for shale' with tax boost for councils willing to approve projects

Environmentalists accuse Prime Minister of trying to 'bribe' local authorities

Firefighters inspect the burnt-out wreckage of the twin-engine business jet on the premises of a landfill site in western Germany

Small business jet travelling from England crashes in Germany killing four

The aircraft, which came down ablaze after hitting an electricity pylon, appears to have been a Cessna Citation business jet, police said

Swans explore the Abbey Fields caravan park after the River Thames flooded in Chersey

UK weather: More than 200 flood warnings and alerts in force across England

River levels continue to rise despite dry weather

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