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Former PM acts after his media company loses €150m in stock market instability

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Rugby League: Iro's quality shines through

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BOOKS: A fine excess with a worthless troll

REMBRANDT WOULD HAVE LOVED YOU by Ruth Padel, Chatto pounds 7.99

Books: Disquiet on the western front

The misery provoked by two real poets has inspired a chilling fiction. Kate Saunders reports; The Telling by Miranda Seymour John Murray, pounds 15.99

Finances are stable, says Equitas, despite accountant's concerns

Equitas, the company formed to rescue the Lloyd's of London insurance market, has put a positive gloss on its first seven months in existence despite criticism from auditors, who have reservations about its accounts, writes Andrew Verity. The chairman of Equitas, David Newbigging, yesterday said a three- page statement from Coopers & Lybrand, which hedged the accounts with qualifications, was "not a surprise to Equitas nor should it be to reinsured names and the insurance market".

Teddington take their revenge

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Japan warned on `precarious' economy

Japan was put on the defensive at Saturday's summit after the United States issued an unusually hard-hitting warning about the precarious state of the country's economy, writes Magnus Grimond.

Hendrie in peak form

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Letter: Low-paid but highly qualified

Sir: The future for the countless numbers of British low-paid workers, as Jack O'Sullivan rightly points out ("Would a statutory minimum wage help to eradicate low pay?", 20 September), does look bleak, despite Tony Blair's promise to reinstate the minimum wage. However, neither Mr O'Sullivan nor Barrie Clement ("Who pays the meanest wages to whom?", 20 September) recognise that a growing proportion of Britain's low-paid are not school-leavers or unskilled workers. They are fully qualified graduates forced to take unskilled positions, often temporary, part-time or on the deceptive "self-employed" basis.

Malcolm X's daughter in court deal

Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop murder-for-hire charges against Malcolm X's daughter in an agreement seeming to signal the end of a feud that has riven the US black radical movement for more than three decades.

Bottom Line: Blenheim faces cold market

THE REPUTATION of Blenheim, the exhibitions organiser, is becoming increasing precarious among investors.

Letter: The universality of Christian socialism

Sir: As someone who has attempted to rewrite Christian socialism as a more politically correct 'ethical socialism', Professor AH Halsey ('Where is the spirit of our age?', 8 July) seems understandably embarrassed that people should increasingly doubt the efficacy of a self-evident 'ethics' as a political imperative, and come to feel that the values by which he sets so much store are not given for all time - as the Enlightenment had it - but the legacy of Christian faith.

THEATRE / Dressed up for a classic rollicking tale: Beggar's New Clothes - Broomhill

IF you are going to try a steamy reinvention of The Beggar's Opera, you might think twice before trying it in Tunbridge Wells - but then do it anyway. The Broomhill audience who had made it past the strong-language warning signs, and down the vertiginous steps to the lakeside garden where a big performance tent was set up, looked a little uneasy at the prospect. They sipped drinks at tables in the cafe-style space, wondering what to make of the 18-point manifesto in the programme, or the handful of musicians who wandered about intoning catchy ditties. Half an hour on, three of the less patient watchers, disgusted in Tunbridge Wells, made an exit that lost some of its dignity when the man was obliged to return for a handbag.

When mummy is old enough to be granny: A woman of 58 who became pregnant after fertility treatment sparked an ethical controversy; but many people become parents in middle-age or beyond. What problems do their children face, and what are the advantages?

Two 'late babies', now grown-up, talk about how their lives have been influenced by their parents' age. And a father in his sixties defends his decision to have a ninth child at a time when his first was well into his thirties.
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Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

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Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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