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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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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'
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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