The borrowing costs of Italy and Spain have fallen significantly since the European Central Bank president Mario Draghi stepped in to reassure markets that they would not be left holding worthless pieces of paper

Hamish McRae: We created a climate where the poor just got poorer – ain't that a shame?

Ecnomic View: Those in power etween 2000 and 2008 should see what their policies did to living standards

Greek island Crete rocked by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck west of the Greek island of Crete, with early reports citing minor damage.

Protesters heckle Enrico Letta in Lampedusa

Lampedusa disaster: EC President Jose Manuel Barroso and Italian PM Enrico Letta jeered during visit to boat disaster mortuary

As death toll hits 298, the head of the European Commission announces £25m fund to help with refugee crisis

The Burning Shadow, By Michelle Paver. Puffin, £12.99

The once-popular Victorian writer RM Ballantyne regularly channelled real-life adventures for his stories. His natural successor is Michelle Paver, whose children's books have sold over two million copies. A misleadingly demure former City lawyer, for research purposes she has swum with killer whales, gone seal hunting in Greenland and followed reindeer in Finland. For this Mediterranean Bronze Age novel, she has taken it comparatively easy, only crawling through claustrophobic copper mines and exploring a volcano.

Deals of the week - Paris, Halkidiki, Thailand

Less than £200... November is a good month to visit Paris for low prices and an absence of crowds. Eurostar has two nights for £175 based on two sharing a twin room at the Hotel Nation, close to Paris Gare du Nord. The price includes rail from London St Pancras. eurostar.com

Steven Gerrard wants England to beat Montenegro and Poland to secure their qualification for the 2014 World Cup

World Cup qualifiers: Steven Gerrard targets two victories to avoid repeating failure to qualify for Euro 2008

The Three Lions failed to qualify for the tournament five years ago after suffering defeat to Croatia

Greece’s talk of 2014 recovery pulls investors

The billionaire US hedge fund manager John Paulson has fixed his sights on Greece ahead of an expected recovery next year in one of the eurozone’s hardest-hit countries.

Akis Tsochatzopoulos, led from his Athens mansion after his arrest in 2012

Greece's former minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos guilty of money laundering

Tsochatzopoulos' conviction is the latest in a series of corruption cases involving prominent public figures

Soaring unemployment levels in crisis-stricken Greece have led to a worrying increase in homelessness in the past two years

Greece's economic crisis: Government expects growth in 2014

Deputy Finance Minister says economy projected to expand 0.6 per cent

A scene from Ghosts at The Almeida theatre

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The play's emotional daring and dark humour are conveyed here with matchless immediacy

The World of Happiness, The Shed Theatre

The World of Extreme Happiness - Katie Leung stars in exposé of migrant Chinese workers

It lacks Chimerica's subtelty, but it fearlessly shines a light on Chinese society

Golden Dawn leader Nikos Mihaloliakos jailed after murder of anti-racism rapper

Mihaloliakos was detained in the early hours of this morning after appearing before magistrates in a six hour overnight testimony

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as PSG beat Benfica

Chalk Talk: In-depth research on schools often unearths some gems

I do love researchers – they are so fearless in their comments, ground-breaking in their recommendations.

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