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On a per capita basis, the nation has all the ingredients to be one of the world's most prosperous nations

Ben Chu: Has our debt pile finally hit its peak?

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The actor Gerard Depardieu who failed to turn up to a court date on drunk driving charges

Gerard Depardieu fails to show up for Paris court appearance on drunk driving charges

Gerard Depardieu again couldn't make it to trial to face drunken driving charges, but a lawyer for the combative French actor wrested yet another court date today.

Margareta Pagano: Can Aphrodite reunite Cyprus and Turkey?

The current plight of the Mediterranean island could be eased if it can build bridges with its former enemy to exploit nearby gas fields
Protestors shout slogans against EU at protest outside a Eurogroup meeting at the European Council building last nigh

Cyprus bailout spooks markets as banks told to stay closed until Thursday

Investors fear raids on bank accounts in other countries after Cypriot rescue deal is hailed by eurozone finance chief

Cyprus considers taxing a quarter of big deposits at largest bank as president prepares to fly to Brussels to discuss eurozone bailout

Finance minister says 'significat progress' is being made with proposals expected as early as this evening

Cyprus races to agree details of 'plan B'

Banks could lose emergency funding within 72 hours, prompting exit from euro

'No plans to recall British MPs' over Cyprus crisis

The Government has no plans as yet to ask for Parliament to be recalled if the banking crisis in Cyprus deepens over the Easter holidays, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

A Cypriot protestor

Race on to solve Cyprus crisis before the money runs out

Cypriot politicians were locked in emergency talks with both Russia and the European Union as they scrambled to come up with a new bailout plan to save the country’s economy. The critical talks came after parliament overwhelmingly rejected a measure to dock people’s savings.

Protestors shout slogans during a rally against a tax levy on deposits

Cyprus government considers capital restrictions if banks reopen in wake of no vote on bailout plan

Move would attempt to stop money flowing out of the country

A falla – a satirical structure – caricaturing Angela Merkel was displayed in Spain

Germany's denied it. So has the ECB. So whose idea was it to demand a savings tax?

The eurozone was still embroiled in an acrimonious dispute tonight over whose idea it was to impose a tax on the savings of ordinary depositors in Cypriot banks – a decision that has instigated a financial panic on the Mediterranean island and reactivated the wider eurozone sovereign debt crisis.

A RAF plane lands today at the Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus

Ministry of Defence flies €1million in cash to Cyprus to help British troops and their families based on the crisis-hit island

RAF flight left earlier this afternoon, with the money onboard designated for emergency loans in the event that cash machines and debit cards stop working

A protester against the bank tax

Frantic day ahead as EU tells Cyprus it can rethink controversial bailout terms as key vote postponed

Cyprus postpones crucial vote on controversial bank deposit levy as stocks plummet around the world

Sheared wool symbolising the cuts outside the Cypriot Parliament

They want to humiliate us, to destroy our dignity, say protesters

Angry mobs lower the German flag and draw swastikas in anti-EU demonstrations

How controversial Cyprus bailout was agreed

With its banks on the brink of collapse, the Mediterranean island had to tow line

Food aid is delivered in Nigeria

Red Cross food aid reaches highest level since 1945

The Red Cross is distributing food aid across Europe at levels not seen since the end of the Second World War, the head of the organisation has said, showing how deeply the economic crisis and austerity measures are being felt by ordinary people.

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Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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It's what you're reclining on that matters
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Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

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