Asthma in young linked to work

FARMERS AND farm workers are more than twice as likely to have asthma than office staff, raising concerns that the countryside can be more damaging to health than the inner cities.

Education is a global priority; Podium

Oxfam's senior policy adviser, addressing an Oxfam/Co-operative Society meeting

Sociological Notes: Neighbourhood murders in Maine

ANOTHER SCHOOL massacre. And once again America agonises over the place to lay blame: violence in movies and television shows, violence in video games, the godlessness of popular music, dangerous information on the Internet. Given the fact that the United States boasts 12 times more handgun deaths than all other industrial nations combined, I think it's reasonable to suggest that we Americans are simply a violent people. And we have too many guns.

G7 pushes for private sector help in crises

FINANCE MINISTERS of the Group of Seven industrial countries will agree plans at their meeting in Washington on Monday to make private lenders share the burden of tackling future international financial crises.

Trade deficit highest for a decade

THE UK'S TRADE DEFICIT has reached its highest level for almost a decade, according to official figures out yesterday, dragging down economic growth to its lowest level for six years.

OECD warns on growth

ANOTHER stock market tumble on the scale of the world-wide slide in August and September could knock 0.75 percentage point or more off annual growth in industrialised countries, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said yesterday.

Lesbian love that inflames hatred

`If women's physical needs get fulfilled like this, marriage and society will collapse,' said one critic

G7 ministers to meet in February

FINANCE MINISTERS and central bankers from the Group of Seven leading industrial countries will meet in Bonn on 20 February, it was announced yesterday.

Obituary: Jacques Medecin

JACQUES MEDECIN, the disgraced former mayor of Nice who has died in exile in Uruguay at the age of 70, was a lovable rogue. Lovable to some, at any rate. To others, he was a crook, an embezzler, a womaniser, a fantasist and a racist.

Podium: The poor need a cleaner future

From a speech by the UN development director to the Buenos Aires world climate conference

Pre-Budget Statement Enterprise: Brown's 'prudence with a purpose'Help for watchdog to tackle cartels

A FRESH emphasis on cartel busting by the Office of Fair Trading was signalled by the Chancellor yesterday as part of the Government's attempt to create a more dynamic business culture.

IMF to open up its books

THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund has agreed to start making its own financial affairs public as part of a shift towards greater transparency.

Leading Article: So, what will we do about global warming?

YESTERDAY, WE reported that the danger of rising sea levels from the melting of Antarctica may be greater than previously thought. A four- year research programme to measure the thickness of the ice sheet suggests that the loss of land to the sea in the next century is likely to be greater than so far forecast.

Letter: Delay over CFCs

Sir: While this year's ozone hole looks set to be the biggest ever (report, 30 September), CFC phase-out is being unnecessarily delayed. This is not only because of problems with the regulatory process but also because of a sustained campaign to damage the market for their replacements being led by minority pressure groups and companies whose products they endorse.

Fitch attacks G7

FITCH IBCA, the credit rating agency, has warned that the "apparent lack of policy response" of the G7 leading industrial nations could jeopardise world growth.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment