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'The heroes of today are the Irish people'

Ireland's finance minister thanks the Irish people for their extraordinary efforts as the country exits its bailout programme

Anti-government protesters continue to gather in Independence Square

Ukraine ‘still intends to sign pact with EU,’ says Viktor Yanukovych

President hints at U-turn but lack of time means closer ties with Russia cannot be ruled out

Protesters face riot police near the Presidential office building in Kiev - heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party office

Ukraine protests: Riot police storm offices of opposition party in Kiev

Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party office in Kiev tonight as anti-government protests crippled the capital for yet another day.

Business View: Osborne wants to coax more from firms, but he offered few giveaways

Ed Miliband’s conference-season assault on the Coalition made backing business a hazardous activity for the Chancellor. Yesterday’s upgraded growth forecasts tell a story of a catch-up recovery, but that in itself will not deliver votes at the ballot box in 2015. George Osborne knows he needs these green shoots to blossom and the many to share the gains of the few.

Latvia Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis

Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovski resigns over Riga supermarket disaster

Valdis Dombrovski's resignation was accepted by the Latvian president today

Satyajit Das: The weakness of the European Central Bank’s policies will be revealed all too soon

Economic View: An IMF member thinks Greece’s forecasts for its debt and economic growth are ‘delusional’

A cyclist rides past the US Capitol

US debt: Truce in sight as Senate leaders work on compromise ahead of Thursday's deadline

China calls for 'de-Americanized world' not dependent on the dollar as a reserve currency

Satyajit Das: Fears grow of history repeating itself with a crisis in emerging markets

In the 1994 ‘Great Bond Massacre’, holders of US Treasury Bonds suffered losses of around $600bn

Default fears grow as talks on US debt ceiling go to wire

The cost of insuring against a catastrophic US default jumped to its  highest level in more than two years today after talks to prevent a breach of the nation’s $16.7 trillion (£10.5 trillion) debt ceiling faltered.

Companies lack trust in forecasts, warns study

Less than half of all finance professionals at UK companies think the forecasts they rely on are reliable, a report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers has warned.

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

Ireland to exit international bailout by December, confirms PM

Enda Kenny makes announcement in conference address

Markets welcome talk of Washington peace deal

Small improvements as shares improved, but US government shutdown still affecting many firms

Hamish McRae: Short-term fix over US debts could undermine long-term solutions

Economic View: Americans are paying for a government that is only about four-fifths the size of the present one

James Moore: North-South divide as big as ever despite recovery

Outlook Some positive news from Robert Walters, the recruiter, which said that hiring is finally beginning to pick up in cities such as Manchester and Birmingham where the talk of a "recovery" might have been greeted with a cynical sneer until recently.

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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
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Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
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Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

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Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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