Government will control entire market 'from seed to smoke,' in a bid to curb addiction and drug violence

Banks given Asia warning

FINANCIAL MARKETS and policymakers are in danger of complacency in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis, according to a hard-hitting new analysis from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Mean millionaires keep charity out of mind and out of pocket

THE RICH are getting richer. Soaring stock markets have made large numbers of executives and entrepreneurs massively wealthy, while the tax cuts of the Reagan and Thatcher era mean they can keep more of it. Compared with a decade or so ago, incomes are much more unequal in the Anglo-Saxon countries. So why are the rich getting meaner too?

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GEORGE SOROS, the man who made $1bn when the pound fell out of the exchange rate mechanism, is buying into the UK property sector through a deal which also gives the billionaire investor a UK stock market vehicle.

Thatcher hired by controversial investment fund

BARONESS Thatcher has been hired as an adviser to one of the world's largest investment firms, a hedge fund famed for its aggressive and confrontational business approach.

Profile: George Soros: God of all he surveys

His gift for making money has invested him with almost magical power. Stephen Fay reports

Soros may have lost his Midas touch

IS THE shadow of the man who drove Britain out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in September 1992 once again hanging over the pound? Well, no, not according to anybody outside his small retinue of admirers.

Mahathir keeps consensus alive, disappointingly

HAS Mahathir Mohamad been tamed? If anyone could be counted on to blow apart the phoney consensus at this weekend's Europe-Asia Meeting in London, we thought, it would be the pathologically outspoken Malaysian Prime Minister.

In The News: George Soros

HE'S not short of a few quid, that George Soros, writes Andrew Buncombe. Even by the standards of the world of high finance, he is considered an exception. He makes a million here, loses a million there. It doesn't really matter; he's always in the black.

A good man to know if you're broke

Did his loan to Moscow secure telecom deal?

Soros warns of Asian `wildfire' as markets rally

Asia's battered financial markets started their slow journey along the road to recovery yesterday as hopes grew that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would not suspend its pounds 43bn aid package to Indonesia. The only fly in the ointment was a grim warning by George Soros, the financier, that the crisis could spread outside Asia.

Croatian press in the dock as Tudjman pursues his enemies

A trial opens in Zagreb today where press freedom itself seems to be in the dock. Steve Crawshaw reports on crime and punishment, in President Franjo Tudjman's Croatia.

Squaring up to the speculator

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Croatia intimidating Soros Foundation, claims US State Department

The US State Department has criticised Croatia for intimidating non-governmental organisations. A State Department spokesman said that it was "unacceptable" for the Croatian government to engage in the public defamation of a pro-democracy foundation headed by the American billionaire, George Soros.

City & Business: Crash lifts the curtain on new market players

The worldwide stock market crash and recovery has spurred more talk about the globalisation of financial markets. A sneeze in Hong Kong leads to a cold in New York, which leads to 'flu in London, which leads to pneumonia back in Hong Kong.

The Saturday Story: Financial rollercoaster leaves the world feeling queasy

Stocks and currencies hit turbulence this week, shaking markets from Peking to Sao Paolo. In London and New York, the impact was limited. But the long-term results could be to shake the faith of developing countries in global capitalism, and undermine stability.
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The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

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