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Greece approves austerity measures to fire 25,000 public workers and secure bailout

Greece has unlocked access to nearly €7 billion in European aid by sacking 25,000 public sector workers, in a move which has sparked a new surge of anti-austerity protests outside parliament.

Britain, the EU and the Commonwealth

It should be no surprise that some of the biggest leaps in UK exports - of both goods and services in the last two years have been to Commonwealth countries

Hungarian central bank wants IMF to leave after it pays back bail-out loan

Budapest has announced it is considering paying back its bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund early as well as closing the IMF’s Hungarian office.

IMF raises UK growth forecast but trade and output data disappoint

The International Monetary Fund partially reversed its previous cut to its UK growth forecasts yesterday, but weak manufacturing figures showed that the economy remains deeply unbalanced.

Greek state school teachers protest outside of the Ministry of Administrative Reform in Athens

International lenders pave way for Greece to receive latest payment of bailout loans

Agreement on reform reached despite debt inspectors warning of an 'uncertain economic outlook'

If politicians deserve a pay rise, why don't the rest of us?

As bosses' bonuses soar and MPs' salaries look set to rise, Ben Chu asks why everyone else still lives in wage-freeze Britain

Disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn

‘Animal instincts exist’: DSK makes comeback in Paris with appearance at Senate committee on tax evasion

Former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, delivers confident lecture two years after claims he sexually assaulted maid

A bridge across London's north/south divide: Treasury gives £12bn Crossrail 2 project funds to get started

George Osborne and Danny Alexander put new London rail link at centre of multi-billion pound infrastructure plan

Osborne gambles on an economic recovery

Reasons for optimism about growth beyond the immediate outlook are in short supply

Antonis Samaras addresses the Greek people, pledging to 'forge ahead' through his coalition government's crisis

Greece's ruling coalition hit by departure of Democratic Left

The junior partner's 14 legislators have left the agreement, over the closure of the state broadcaster

Antonis Samaras addresses the Greek people, pledging to 'forge ahead' through his coalition government's crisis

Greek PM Antonis Samaras pledges to 'forge ahead' as political crisis rumbles on over closure of state broadcaster ERT

EU finance inspector Olli Rehn calls for political unity to ensure wider austerity measures

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Jobless youth of Europe may be ‘scarred for life,’

Head of EU Commission says policies need to be agreed by member states to stimulate employment

Gerard Depardieu
Now a Russian national he says Putin likes his ‘hooligan side’

Forget Russia’s problems – it’s France that’s almost Bolshevik, says Gérard Depardieu

Actor claims he’s no tax exile – and that Russian President Vladimir Putin likes his ‘hooligan side’

French prosecutors want to drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn case

Prosecutors in northern France want to abandon the final outstanding legal action against the disgraced former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

A poster adorns the security barrier of the protester encampment outside The Grove hotel, which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference near Watford

A Watford welcome for the Bilderberg group - the world’s most powerful club

Conspiracy theorists vow to ‘expose’ a meeting of the west’s uber-elite who will decide global policy

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there