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Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne arrive at Southwark Crown Court for sentencing

What makes Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce so compelling is that we all live on the brink of disaster

A leading criminal lawyer reflects on why people slide into criminality

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable

David Cameron and Vince Cable at war over route to recovery

Business Secretary calls for more borrowing as PM insists there must be no turning back on austerity

Funding for Lending: What's in Mervyn King's mind?

The Funding for Lending Scheme has got off to a disappointing start. If it continues to fail to deliver, what else could the Bank of England and ministers do to boost lending?
Today, America faces up to an uncertain future. Increasingly partisan infighting on Capitol Hill is set to see a deadline to avert $85bn in budget cuts pass without accord. Welcome to the...

Austerity America: The United States face an uncertain future

Increasingly partisan infighting on Capitol Hill has seen the deadline to avert $85bn in automatic budget cuts pass without accord

Things could turn ugly - for the US and the world

The sequester. Washington couldn’t have picked a more awkward title for the series of cuts that beginning today will shave some $85bn (£56bn) from the budgets of various government departments over the course of this year alone.

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Bonjour, Daveed! David Beckham puppet given a Parisian welcome

TV satire shows the PSG star as the Pope - and persuading the president to get a tattoo

Editorial: Mr Salmond's reality check

And so another nail is hammered into the coffin of Alex Salmond's fantasy of Scottish independence. Like him or loathe him, the Scottish National Party leader stole a march on pro-unionists with his rosy vision of Scotland retaining everything that suits it (from North Sea oil revenues to a seat at Nato) and throwing off everything that does not (namely, interference from Westminster), all accomplished smoothly by dint of one simple vote.

My Secret Life: Alexander Armstrong, 42, comedian

'I dare say my house is haunted'

Don't listen to the doubters: Facebook is your friend

The scare stories have it wrong; Facebook is a force for openness and accountability in the world, argues Eduard Mead.

Central banks: Stanley Fischer quits two years early

Stanley Fischer has resigned as the governor of the Bank of Israel, two years ahead of his scheduled departure date.

George Osborne in Davos

Now even Goldman Sachs tells Osborne to find a Plan B

Austerity under attack from across political spectrum after disastrous growth figures

Britain is heading towards a historic triple dip recession

Britain is tumbling towards a historic triple dip recession, official figures revealed today.

Christine Lagarde is being investigated for alleged abuse of public office and “embezzlement” when she was French Finance Minister

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, is investigated over compensation paid to tycoon

French anti-fraud police have raided the home of a former close associate of the International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde as part of an investigation into alleged abuse of public office and “embezzlement” when she was French Finance Minister in 2008.

Recovery in jobs gives a fillip before the news on growth

Number in work hits a record high but there are warnings of 'shaky foundations'

The Business Matrix: Friday 18 January 2013

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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
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Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
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Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
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Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

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Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

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Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders