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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

The business year in pictures

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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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power