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

Npower chief Paul Massara

Npower chief blames 'old and draughty' houses for rising energy bills

The chief executive of the energy supplier Npower has claimed that energy bills in the UK are higher because the country's "old and draughty" houses waste so much gas and electricity.

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

UK ‘has some of the highest and most volatile food prices’, claims Oxfam

Britons face some of the highest and most volatile food prices in Western Europe, according to research published today.

London has come top in a study of the world's most expensive cities to live in.

London comes top in study of the world's most expensive cities to live in

Factors including rent and travel take their toll on the pockets of Londoners

Electricity pylons in the Languedoc, France in Villejust, near Paris

Exclusive: A giant European network of electricity interconnectors is solution to high energy prices, says climate change minister

Ed Davey believes a continent-wide network of underground electricity cables could slash bills

Ed Davey has dismissed Labour leader Ed Miliband’s suggestion that a two-year price freeze would solve the issue of soaring energy bills

Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze a big ‘con’, says Energy Secretary Ed Davey

Mr Davey said that the Labour leader's plan would hit the small, independent, gas and electricity companies much harder than the Big Six suppliers

Thousands of riot police were forced to withdraw

Ukraine asks EU for €20bn in return for signing Association Agreement

Move comes just hours after the government sent in thousands of special forces to destroy a pro-EU protest camp in the centre of Kiev

Energy passes transport as biggest single household expenditure

UK households now spend £68 a week on housing, ahead of transport and recreation

Eyewitness account: Thousands of Ukrainian riot police officers in brutal overnight crackdown on Kiev protest

Demonstrators' tents torn to pieces and barricades destroyed - yet riot police fail to clear capital's Independence Square

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalist views are likely to antagonise victims of Japan's wartime aggression

Japan disappoints as Q3 growth is revised down

Japan’s private sector is losing faith in prime minister Shinzo Abe’s “shock and awe” tactics to revive the world’s third biggest economy after worrying figures today showed business investment flat-lining in the latest quarter

Npower chief Paul Massara said margins were narrowing

It may be lights out for Britain next winter, says npower energy boss

Britain is at risk of power cuts next winter unless major investment takes place in Britain’s energy infrastructure, according to industry figures.

Autumn statement 2013: Chancellor reaffirms commitment to shale gas industry

The chancellor has promised “thousands of jobs, billions of pounds of investment and lower energy bills” today as he announced plans to boost Britain's fledgling shale gas industry by cutting in half taxes on fracking.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva

Oil prices fall in wake of Iran nuclear deal

Brent crude fell as much as $3 a barrel to a four-week low of $108.50

A call for the personal income tax allowance to be raised to £10,500 a year has led to fresh skirmishes between Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats and his Conservative coalition partners

Tories and Lib Dems bicker over rise in tax allowance

A call for the personal income tax allowance to be raised to £10,500 a year has led to fresh skirmishes between Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats and his Conservative coalition partners.

'A gimmick': David Cameron hits out at Ed Miliband in PMQs clash over Labour energy price freeze vow

Labour leader says PM has 'no answer' to pledge introduced last month

Russian energy company Gazprom

Will Gazprom face $15bn fine? EU Competition Commissioner starts legal moves over pricing allegations

Russia stands accused of using its gas as a foreign policy tool

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