A billion people go to bed hungry each night. Finally, Britain is doing something

FINALLY, THE British government has put its money where its mouth is. For years British chancellors - from Nigel Lawson and John Major to Kenneth Clarke and then Gordon Brown - have exhorted the international community to do something about the burden of Third World debt. For years poor nations and British aid agencies have told those same chancellors that exhortation was not enough; action was needed. And for years, on the advice of Treasury officials, politicians have adopted a stance of "if everyone won't do it, we can't do it alone".

Podium: Hunger and poverty can be conquered

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Letter: Turn again, Norris

Sir: The "prosperous southern communities of Esher and Wokingham" should not be led astray by the Bristol University Townsend Centre report that they have better health and greater life expectation than poorer parts of the UK community ("Preventable deaths rise as health gap widens", 2 December).

Letter: Paying for pollution

Sir: For the last 200 years, wealth creation in the industrialised countries has been running up an environmental debt on the global account (" `Too late to stop global warming' ", 16 September). The scale of this debt dwarfs the financial debt owed by developing countries to their polluting creditors. Because of this, such "external" debts should be cancelled forthwith.

Free-trade supporters must speak freely

The idea of free trade is under attack as never before in the post-war era

Road deaths are lowest recorded

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Sorry, Mr Hague, but you're fighting the last election again

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Right of Reply: Haruko Fukuda

RECENT WEEKS have seen much argument over the UK Government's decision to sell more than half of the country's gold stocks. Your editorial of 6 July introduced an interesting new twist in arguing that the substitution of paper money for gold is an example of democratisation. I disagree.

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G8 `crumbs' for world's poorest

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The Balkans Truce: Serbia's generals prepare to face the final shame

IN AN ultimate humiliation for the Serbs, the Yugoslav army high command will meet a British general on the Macedonian border today to agree the terms of its withdrawal from Kosovo. General Mike Jackson will meet the commanders on the same border where, weeks before, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians streamed across in a tide of misery and desperation not seen in Europe since the forced migrations at the end of the Second World War.
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