News Lynton Crosby has told ministers to stop announcing minor policies which distract from the party's core messages

Government departments have effectively been banned from promoting initiatives that are not central to the party’s key election themes of crime, the economy, immigration and welfare

Brodeck's Report, By Philippe Claudel

Liberal hackles may rise when a former executive at Goldman Sachs publishes a polemic claiming that Africa's "cycle of dysfunction" is mainly caused by aid. But this knee-jerk reaction may be mitigated when you learn that the author is a young black woman from Zambia.

Tories attacked over plan to divert aid funds to military

Charities say creation of 'stabilisation force' may put relief workers at risk

Brown throws down the gauntlet on overseas aid

PM's Spending Bill will fund development in world's poorest countries

David Prosser: Cuts, cuts and more cuts

Outlook Two numbers that ought to frighten you (and that you certainly didn't hear during the Chancellor's pre-Budget report on Wednesday). They are 16 per cent and £15bn.

Sean O'Grady: What gruesome deal was behind this betrayal?

Like the tale of Cinderella's delicate glass slipper and the ugly sisters, the EU seems to have difficulty trying to find a policy on footwear that fits.

The Sketch: More a living will than a Queen's Speech

"Check against delivery". That was the instruction on the front of the Queen's Speech. It's the one thing we don't have to worry about with our head of state. She won't get seized with inspiration and announce a "November Guarantee to create 30,000 jobs".

Philip Stevens: Aid alone will not help

Despite record levels of foreign aid for health, almost no progress is being made in improving child mortality in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Many countries are going backwards.

Honduran 'unity' cabinet collapses

An agreement to end a four-month political crisis in Honduras collapsed early yesterday after the two rival leaders failed to form a unity cabinet to heal the damage from a coup in June.

Money is the key to the success of Copenhagen

Developing countries want up to £245bn to reduce their carbon emissions while the EU thinks it should cost them as little as £20bn. Michael McCarthy reports on the huge gap

Coat check: The best high street cover-ups

It's the most important purchase of the season – but it needn't be the most expensive. From trenches to capes, Gemma Hayward picks the best cover-ups on the high street

Bono delivers aid plea to Tories: Cutbacks 'must not cost lives'

U2 frontman Bono made a surprise appearance via videolink at the Tory party conference today.

How global and societal inequality heats the planet

Extremes of wealth and poverty harm us all, say Toby Quantrill and Richard Wilkinson

Tories may cut defence spending, says Osborne

Major defence projects may not be safe from public spending cuts if the Tories win the next general election, shadow chancellor George Osborne hinted today.

Comrade Duch asks for 'harshest punishment'

The chief of the Khmer Rouge's main torture centre, being tried by a UN-backed tribunal on genocide charges, today asked the Cambodian people to give him "the harshest punishment."

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