News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

Lloyd's calls time on market rally

The Lloyd's of London insurance market sounded a note of caution yesterday over the recent strength in stocks and other riskier assets, saying that, while the rally had resulted in higher investment returns, "the scope for further such gains is increasingly limited".

Econoblog: IMF projections are good for Brown

Good news for Gordon Brown. The IMF says that the recession will be over this year and the UK will return to growth in 2010. Not much growth - just 0.2 per cent. But still, and the politics of this are fascinating.

Mark Malloch Brown: The EU can be the model for a future of African integration

The world's economic storm has hit and it has shown us that while sub- Saharan Africa's nascent globalisation has brought huge benefits, these benefits are fragile and global integration can all too easily take back what it gives. Indeed, critics of globalisation might argue that it's no longer the case that Africa is doing well because of globalisation: Africa, they might claim, is surviving despite globalisation.

The Sonnets: 122

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Jerome Taylor: Live with the climate change protestors

As well as anti-globalisation protests, climate change campaigners are also out in force today. Our correspondent Jerome Taylor is with them

The end of bonus culture?

Inmarsat profits rise 60 per cent

The satellite company Inmarsat has bucked the economic disintegration in the global markets to post an almost 60 per cent rise in profits in the three months to the end of September.

Brown pledges to maintain financial stability

Gordon Brown today reaffirmed his determination to "take whatever action is necessary" to maintain the stability of the financial system in the face of the latest market turmoil.

Saskia Sassen: 'Global firms and markets don't want just one global city'

From a lecture by the Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, delivered at the London School of Economics

Andreas Whittam Smith: New aristocrats well served by globalisation

This group sees itself as different from the rest of society, preaching restraint to its fellow citizens

Denis MacShane: There is light at the end of the European tunnel

As UK growth slows, there is growing realisation that we may be all in this together
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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