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

Now German troubles add to the eurozone's pain

The misery of the eurozone is not abating with the German powerhouse back in trouble, according to the latest snapshot of activity in the single currency area.

The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond

Currency row is dismissed by Alex Salmond as bid to scare Scotland

Alex Salmond has accused George Osborne of “trying to scare people in Scotland” after the Chancellor seized on a report by the Treasury which warned it may not be viable for the country to keep the pound if it votes for independence.

Hamish McRae: What hope if Germany is floundering?

Economic View

Small firms give thumbs down for George Osborne's recovery plans

London’s small businesses delivered a harsh verdict on the Chancellor’s faltering efforts to kick-start the recovery today, with just one in 10 claiming the economy has improved in the last six months.

Portugal warned of further spending cuts

Portugal has been warned of further spending cuts, following two years of tough austerity measures since it needed an international financial rescue.

Nicos Anastasiades has authorised the accountant-general to cut his salary to show solidarity with Cyprus' savers

President of Cpyrus says country was a euro 'experiment'

In a speech laden with criticism of Europe’s currency union for “experimenting” with the island’s fate, the president of Cyprus has said the risk of bankruptcy has been contained and it has no intention of leaving the euro.

Otto Rehhagel: The German coach is so revered by Greeks that he was made an honorary citizen of Athens

German football coach Otto Rehhagel will lead
'charm offensive' to restore Berlin's image in Greece and Cyprus

Otto Rehhagel, the German football coach who led Greece to victory in the 2004 European Championships was unmasked as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest weapon in a campaign to restore Berlin’s tattered image in Greece and Cyprus.

Protestors shout slogans against EU at protest outside a Eurogroup meeting at the European Council building last nigh

Cyprus bailout spooks markets as banks told to stay closed until Thursday

Investors fear raids on bank accounts in other countries after Cypriot rescue deal is hailed by eurozone finance chief

The Cyprus bailout may please the Germans, but for Cypriots years of pain lie ahead

Cyprus can’t be said to be in the single market if there are severe limits to moving money

Cyprus deal is model for future bailouts says top European official as banks are told to open

The deal will see investors with more than €100,000 in the nation’s largest banks forfeit a large chunk of their deposits

Cyprus considers taxing a quarter of big deposits at largest bank as president prepares to fly to Brussels to discuss eurozone bailout

Finance minister says 'significat progress' is being made with proposals expected as early as this evening

Nicosia holds a better hand in this €16bn poker game

Who will blink first in this €16bn poker game? The European Central Bank’s threat to withdraw emergency funding from crippled Cypriot banks looks like an attempt to play hardball: scare tactics to force the politicians who threw out a hugely unpopular raid on savings into finding €5.8bn from somewhere by Tuesday.

Eurozone finance ministers admit being in a mess

It’s what everyone had been saying privately for days: the bailout package agreed by exhausted IMF and EU officials and finance ministers in the early hours of Saturday morning had lacked any foresight related to the political consequences of demanding that people give up part of their savings.

'No plans to recall British MPs' over Cyprus crisis

The Government has no plans as yet to ask for Parliament to be recalled if the banking crisis in Cyprus deepens over the Easter holidays, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

The yawn of a new era: Bingo has gone totally 21st century

Osborne's Budget Bingo: Like Mecca Bingo, only less fun for pensioners

There's the Budget speech the Chancellor should make (as seen by Matthew Norman on Voices today) and then there's the one he's almost certainly going to make. Once you've resigned yourself to that grim reality, Budget Bingo seems the sensible way forward

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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