News Supporters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold his posters in Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising

Egypt accounts for nearly a fifth of group's production

Scores killed in Nigeria fuel tanker fire

A tanker truck caught fire and exploded in Nigeria today shortly after breaking down, killing at least 95 people who then rushed to the scene to scoop fuel, an official said.

Switzerland suspends all arms exports to the United Arab Emirates

Switzerland has suspended all arms exports to the United Arab Emirates following reports that Swiss-manufactured hand grenades - intended solely for shipment to the Gulf state - had shown up in Syria.

Waitrose's star rises in Japan

Waitrose has seen exports to Japan soar by a third so far this year, boosted by a rise in interest in British foods around the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics.

Tahrir Square in 2011; the Arab Spring could lead to 'a new backwardness', warns Haddad

MI5 chief warns that Arab Spring aided al-Qa'ida

The bloody upheavals of the Arab Spring have handed a great boost to al-Qa'ida, providing it with fertile ground to reorganise and opportunities for British extremists to undergo terrorist training for attacks at home and abroad, the head of MI5 has warned.

Manufacturers boost recovery hopes

Hopes for the economic recovery were boosted today as a business survey showed an unexpected improvement in orders and confidence in the manufacturing sector.

Prince Charles sporting his polo look

The Prince of Wales: A new name in fashion royalty

Depending on your republican leanings, it could be argued that the British Monarchy represents both the best and worst of the country. So perhaps it's fitting that although the Prince of Wales was recently named as one of GQ's best-dressed men, he has featured on worst-dressed lists. But that hasn't stopped his odd ascent to the top of British fashion.

Germany and France feel the eurozone squeeze

The two largest economies of the single currency see exports fall and growth forecasts reduced

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UK car factory Hams Hall celebrates as it builds three millionth engine in landmark production achievement

A UK car factory has built its three millionth engine in a landmark production achievement praised by its owners and the Government.

Despite promises of jobs and prosperity, residents have gradually given way to the coal mine in Acland

Australia's man against the mines

Australia's mining boom has made many fortunes, but some small towns are asking if the price is too high. Kathy Marks reports from Acland, Queensland

New figures reveal shock fall in manufacturing

The UK manufacturing sector took a sudden and sharp turn for the worse today after new figures revealed a shock contraction in production.

Small talk: Now is the time for Britain's small businesses to be brave

Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises have much to worry about as the European sovereign debt crisis spirals out of control once more. When the banks shut up shop again in a full-blown repeat of the first credit crunch – as they surely will if Greece walks – you can bet it will be SMEs that are starved of debt first, whatever financiers say in public.

Hamish McRae: Germany reaps the rewards for good behaviour

Virtue has been duly rewarded. That, at least, would seem to be the immediate conclusion to be drawn from the divergent paths taken by the German economy and that of much of the rest of the eurozone, notably Italy. Germany, which has clamped down on wages, brought in sweeping labour-market reforms, cut its budget deficit, and boosted exports, has grown by 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Italy, which has done none of those things, shrank by 0.8 per cent. France, which under Nicolas Sarkozy had followed a more or less middle course, had a middling experience: a flat quarter.

German economy grows by a stronger-than-expected 0.5%

Germany's economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 0.5% in the first three months of the year despite Europe's debt crisis.

Three in court after terror swoop

Three men appeared in court today charged following a counter-terrorism investigation into a network suspected of smuggling a banned stimulant drug from Britain to America.

Manufacturing hit by Eurozone financial crisis

The UK's recovery hopes were dealt a blow today as problems in the crisis-hit eurozone - the UK's biggest trade partner - hit the manufacturing sector.

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