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UK pensions among worst in the developed world, OECD warns

UK workers can expect a pension worth just 32.6 per cent of final pay when they retire, compared to a 54.4 per cent average across the OECD

Google, Amazon and Starbucks have all been using 'aggressive tax planning'

EU Commission moves to close corporate tax loophole used by Google, Amazon and Starbucks

The European Commission has announced plans to close a loophole which has allowed large corporations to pay tax in countries with lower rates, even if they only own one letterbox there.

Somalia woman arrested after saying she was raped by a colleague at gunpoint

The alleged victim remains in police custody after telling a radio station she had been sexually assaulted and held captive overnight

Despite extreme weather and new evidence, prospects of a deal at this year's climate change conference look bleak

Paris 2015 is the big one – that is when nearly 200 governments around the world have pledged to agree the legally-binding carbon-reduction targets

Danny Alexander: The Liberal Democrat Chief Treasury Secretary labelled eurosceptics 'anti-British and anti-business'

Eurosceptics are 'anti-British and anti-business' says Danny Alexander

Eurosceptics are “anti-British and anti-business,” Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Chief Treasury Secretary, said on Monday.

President Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK

President Michael Higgins to make historic first visit to UK by Irish head of state

President Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK. He has accepted an invitation from the Queen for him and his wife, Sabina, to stay at Windsor Castle on 8 April next year.

Poppy production in Afghanistan has increased

Poppy war can only be won by the Taliban

This year, 5,500 tons of opium will be produced in Afghanistan, 90 per cent of global supply

Sri Lanka dismisses David Cameron's call for independent human rights inquiry

The Sri Lankan government has rejected the Prime Minister's pressure as cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan said he believes Mr Cameron has been “misled”.

Chinese and Saudis join UN human rights body

The appointment of China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia to the top UN body dealing with human-rights abuses – despite profound concerns over the record of all four nations on safeguarding personal freedoms – has been criticised by campaigners.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets staff at Air Radio in Kolkata, India, following his interview by the radio station

On a wing and a prayer in Sri Lanka: David Cameron ventures on to a diplomatic sticky wicket over country's human rights record

PM will meet the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, before the Commonwealth summit opens in Colombo

David Cameron taking part in a ceremony at the Hindu temple Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, earlier this month

David Cameron: Britain's working classes need to be encouraged to raise their ambitions

Britain's working classes need to be encouraged to raise their aspirations and be made to think they can “get all the way to the top”, David Cameron has said.

A woman weeps as she carries a child to a military aircraft to evacuate the area which has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: The scale of this catastrophe was preventable

You cannot stop a storm, but you can avert a disaster – this one, in part, was man-made

No Fire Zone: The truth is out about Sri Lanka, despite official efforts to stop it

The government of Sri Lanka have gone to extraordinary lengths to attack us

David Cameron has been urged to follow the lead of the Indian premier Manmohan Singh and boycott the summit

David Cameron is right to attend Commonwealth summit, says Williams Hague

Boycotting the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka would  be a missed opportunity to tackle its government over suspected human rights abuses, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday as he defended David Cameron’s decision to attend the meeting.

A boy carries relief goods, walking past the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: As aid agencies mount mission to help victims of monster storm, how can you help in the relief effort?

Agencies across the world are taking donations to support the estimated two million people impacted

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