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3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

Sir Christopher Pissarides wants to see output levels increase before interest rates are put up

Bank of England should hold rates and add stimulus, says Nobel prize economist Sir Christopher Pissarides

Renowned labour market economist warns it would be premature to put up the Bank’s base rates from 0.5 per cent

Hamish McRae: Good job figures and bad growth or good growth and poor jobs - a transatlantic tale of two recoveries

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Japanese premier Shinzo Abe compares tension between Tokyo and Beijing to that in Europe before First World War

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe sent a shiver through the global diplomatic community today, by explicitly comparing tensions between Tokyo and Beijing to animosity between European powers in the run-up to the First World War.

Flatlining: the Government has been accused by Labour of intentionally 'running down' the NHS

NHS hospitals flatlining: Staff morale falls to new low after Coalition ‘bashing’

Health experts warn Mid-Staffs crisis has taken terrible toll on frontline workers

Kate Moss posed naked in a series of publicity shots as part of her rumoured, six-figure sponsorship deal with St Tropez

PZ Cussons cashes in on nude Kate Moss fake tan ads

Kate Moss' naked body boosted sales at PZ Cussons during the first half of the year as customers snapped up at St Tropez fake tans she advertises.

Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, where employees are famed for being happy

Shoe firm Zappos gets a reboot - with no managers and no job titles

The online retailer Zappos is the largest company yet to adopt “holacracy”, a new business approach in which bosses are banished and workers choose their tasks. But who makes the tea?

New direction: President Xi Jinping (pictured here with his wife and Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Mancera) is moving China away from state control of the investment process

Davos 2014: For the real news, don’t listen ... watch

Whatever the leaders gathering at the Swiss ski resort say to reporters, to  really understand the strength of the recovery, we need to follow the money

George Osborne says he wants the national minimum wage to increase to £7 an hour

George Osborne facing backlash over plans to increase minimum wage

George Osborne was facing a backlash from business leader today over his support for a sharp increase in the value of the national minimum wage.

Royal Dutch Shell issues shock profit warning

Shell dropped a bombshell on investors after warning that fourth quarter profit will be "significantly" lower than last year, blaming low production, high exploration costs and continuing problems with refining.

Hamish McRae: There has always been tension between France and the UK – but we face the same practical difficulties

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HungryHouse gets £53m takeaway to catch up to Just Eat

Online food delivery specialist HungryHouse has raised $88 million (£53.7m) from US investors in a bid to catch up to rival Just Eat.

CES Las Vegas 2014: How to travel with technology

David Phelan discovers how to survive a Las Vegas trade show

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Exclusive: A giant European network of electricity interconnectors is solution to high energy prices, says climate change minister

Ed Davey believes a continent-wide network of underground electricity cables could slash bills

No Christmas cheer for Debenhams as sales plunge

Shares decline as much as 13% as investors react to the trading update

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