Arts and Entertainment Bono was chased down the street at a G8 summit by protesters shouting 'Make Bono history'

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Blair: Joining euro now would be `daft'

TONY BLAIR ruled himself out of leading any immediate campaign to join the euro yesterday after saying that joining regardless of the economic conditions was "daft".

Letter: Aid transparency

I CANNOT allow Paul Malan's letter (13 June) on Third World debt cancellation to go unanswered. Of course we must not repeat the failure of the richest nations in the past to ensure that money given as "aid" is not corruptly misused. And, indeed, there is evidence enough of aid being given for political reasons with a clear understanding that it would be used for, for example, arms purchases, rather than on health and education.

G8 Summit: Yeltsin flits across the world stage

BORIS YELTSIN is due to fly into Cologne tomorrow on a mission to re-establish his credentials as an active and dominant world leader, amid simmering resentment over Kosovo and a new financial scandal at home.

G8 Summit: Leaders approve new debt relief plan worth $70bn

THE GROUP of Seven richest industrial nations was last night poised to approve a package providing up to $70bn (pounds 43bn) of debt relief for the world's poorest countries. But even before it was launched, aid and development agencies criticised the scheme as inadequate, and grossly oversold.

Russian MPs refuse to bow to IMF

RUSSIA'S HOPES of securing desperately needed financial aid from the West suffered a big blow yesterday as its parliament threw out a key part of a reform package on the eve of the G8 summit in Cologne this weekend.

Mbeki chooses his team to run South Africa

TWO SUSSEX University graduates, President Thabo Mbeki and his chosen right-hand man, Essop Pahad, will become the most powerful men in South Africa after farewell celebrations for Nelson Mandela today.

Staying In: Dying for debt

In a hard-hitting film, Maggie O'Kane looks at the people who are suffering to pay off a crippling World Bank loan

Ministry sponsors face Niell inquiry

SPONSORSHIP of government departments by big corporations is to be investigated by Lord Neill's Committee on Standards in Public Life, it was announced yesterday.

Painted grass is last straw

BIRMINGHAM'S painted green grass has cost a top city politician his job, it emerged yesterday.

Descending from the high moral ground to the G8 summit

the debt relief that never was

Blair promises pounds 60m for fight against malaria

THE PRIME Minister has declared war on malaria by backing an international initiative to wipe out the disease.

THE BIRMINGHAM SUMMIT: Split over pollution

GREEN campaigners yesterday accused the G8 of promoting catastrophic climate change through fossil fuel emissions, writes Louise Jury.

THE BIRMINGHAM SUMMIT: 50,000 join hands for world's poor

CHURCH bells rang, whistles blew and some 50,000 people clasped hands yesterday in the biggest display of British solidarity with the poorest countries of the world since Live Aid. The culmination of two years of planning, the seven-mile human chain around the G8 summit site in Birmingham was designed to force the question of Third World debt onto the agenda.

People power demo steals G8 show

PEOPLE power came to Birmingham yesterday in a protest against Third World debt that brought the Prime Minister back from his rural G8 summit retreat and forced a response from the leaders, writes Louise Jury.

Leading article: G8: all mouth and no morals

THERE was nothing wrong with Tony Blair's pre-summit rhetoric. He told an interviewer last week that it was important the G8 meeting wasn't just a talking-shop, and that the leaders of the West plus Russia should set out "some clear directions". Such as? The international finance system; organised crime; the global environment; debt relief and, of course, the millennium bug. India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Ireland and the Middle East were then tacked on to the agenda. An ambitious list, even for the "most powerful men in the world". A fine weekend in Birmingham may prove insufficient to resolve such a complex variety of problems. This summit, like most of its predecessors, is unlikely to live up to Mr Blair's pre-conference billing. There are a number of reasons for this.
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Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album