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Scientists have been trying to figure out the different ways in which the world could end

Stephen Hawking's on the team - but why no Bruce Willis? World’s biggest brains get together to work out how to save us all from the end of the world

Leading scholars establish centre for the study of 'existential risk' in order to prepare for potentially devastating events

Riot police use water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters as they try to march to a courthouse in Silivri

Five years on from the financial crisis, will political instability continue into the post-crisis world?

If economic recovery takes hold in coming years it is possible that unrest may tail off, yet there are at least two sets of factors that could continue to fuel protest

United Nations official Raquel Rolnik and Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps protests to UN over special investigator's 'disgraceful' comments on 'bedroom tax'

Tory chairman writes to UN secretary general demanding an apology

UN investigator Raquel Rolnik calls for Government's 'bedroom tax' to be axed

Raquel Rolnik, a former urban planning minister in Brazil, visited council estates, food banks and homelessness crisis centres in various parts of the UK

Osborne claimed that Britain's economy was 'turning a corner'

New figures cast doubt on George Osborne's claims that Coalition austerity programme has been vindicated

Tax rises and spending cuts have made the economy 3 per cent smaller

'I was right on austerity': George Osborne claims decisive victory for his economic policy

Chancellor tells Labour it has ‘lost the argument’ and predicts Britain is ‘turning a corner’

Tony Abbott stands with his family as he claims victory in Australia's federal election

Tony Abbott's Australia: conservative, less green, more mean

The new Prime Minister has indicated his planned direction and won praise from David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch

Anthony Hilton: Plotting a way through this dangerous thicket of short-term thinking

The wealth of information is creating a poverty of attention

US jobs disappointment cuts chances of Fed easing stimulus

The US economy created fewer jobs than forecast in August, dampening expectations that the Federal Reserve will start weaning the US economy off its stimulus programme this month.

SThree recruitment firm down but upbeat

A bounce-back in the London and New York banking sectors failed to stop profits sinking at recruitment specialist SThree.

Mark Carney gets a lift as fewer expect early rise in interest rates

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s under fire forward-guidance strategy was given a rare boost today as a new survey showed that fewer people are anticipating an imminent rise in interest rates.

Ed Miliband may look strong, but accidental Commons victory has its pitfalls

Inside Westminster: David Cameron’s defeat put an end to the silly season grumbling about the Labour leader’s weakness

Good news for George Osborne as OECD predicts 1.5% growth this year, up from May forecast of 0.8%

Forecasts for UK economy upgraded in latest sign recovery picking up momentum

OECD predicts 1.5% growth this year, up from May forecast of 0.8%

Angela Merkel had a 90-minute TV debate with the Social Democrat candidate for Chancellor, Peer Steinbrück

Angela Merkel’s rival Peer Steinbrück critical of eurozone austerity ahead of elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her centre-left rival sparred over Europe’s debt crisis and how best to keep Germany’s economy strong as they faced each other on Sunday evening in a televised debate ahead of elections on 22 September, with Ms Merkel’s challenger insisting that it makes no sense to apply a “deadly dose” of austerity to eurozone strugglers.

Property prices rise at fastest rate since 2007

Low rates and improving economic outlook mean demand continues to outpace supply

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