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‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner

Postcard from... Brussels

The eurozone is getting a new member, and with Latvia’s entry comes a new coin that could rattle around in pockets from the southern shores of Cyprus to the northern reaches of Finland.

The IMF raised UK economic growth forecast to 0.9% but has cut its prediction for global growth

IMF raises UK economic growth forecast to 0.9% but cuts prediction for global growth

Boost for George Osborne's deficit-busting plans as it almost entirely reverses the IMF's earlier growth forecast cuts

Angela Merkel hosts jobless summit in shadow of Portugal crisis

Germany's Angela Merkel will discuss with EU leaders in Berlin today how to tackle chronic youth unemployment at a summit critics say is a pre-election public relations exercise.

Resist this cross-border bullying of Cyprus

The real issue here is the moral behaviour of large nations towards smaller ones

Facebook twins launch Bitcoin investment fund

The Olympian twins famed for suing Mark Zuckerberg have released plans to float a trust based on digital currency Bitcoin.

The €200 note became a favourite for money-launderers

Just what the euro needs - another new member with a creaking economy

Croatia already effectively lives with interest rate decisions made by the European Central Bank so it might as well sign up for full membership

David Cameron hits out at 'frustrating EU'

David Cameron has lashed out at the “immensely frustrating” way the European Union works, complaining that he had to “lock and load” every time he came to summits.

Boost to German morale raises hopes for end to eurozone recession

Hopes that the eurozone can pull out of its lingering recession were boosted yesterday when German business morale rose for the second month in a row.

Footsie at a 5-month low amid new eurozone fear

The FTSE 100 index hit a 5-month low yesterday as it ended a fifth successive week of losses, while disruption in Greece signalled there could be more turmoil ahead.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Why we have one good reason for being thankful for Gordon Brown...

Poor old Gordon Brown. Scottish television has just shown an extract from a play by Kevin Toolis, The Confessions of Gordon Brown, that will have its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival. Its premise is that Gordon Brown was our greatest failure as Prime Minister in 200 years.

Angela Merkel

Court to consider legality of ECB policy that saved the eurozone

Crisis could be reignited if Germany’s highest court rules against the European Central Bank

French president Francois Hollande tells Japan that eurozone crisis is over

French President Francois Hollande sought reassure Japanese business leaders on Saturday that the eurozone debt crisis is over, but acknowledged that steps to boost the region's growth and competitiveness need to be taken.

Mario Draghi, the President of the ECB

European Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged, leaving unconventional measures to kick eurozone out of recession 'on the shelf'

The European Central Bank has left interest rates unchanged, admitting it has discussed a number of policy options in case the eurozone fails to emerge from recession later in the year.

Hamish McRae: Interest rates are on the way up at last … but don't hold your breath

Economic View: We will need all sorts of devices in the future to stop government borrowing crowding out everyone else

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there