Rick Santorum joins race for president

Former senator Rick Santorum has confirmed he is running for president, joining a crowded field of Republicans looking to challenge Barack Obama in next year's election.

Goldman Sachs faces new credit crisis inquiry

Goldman Sachs has received a subpoena from the Manhattan District Attorney's office, adding further legal pressure on the investment bank over its actions in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

Sex comment 'sabotaged my campaign', says Irish presidential candidate

The man tipped to be Ireland's first openly gay president said his campaign has been sabotaged by the re-emergence of decade-old remarks about the age of consent and incest.

Obama picks next head of forces

General Martin Dempsey, who commanded multinational forces in Iraq, has been nominated as top US military officer.

Rupert Cornwell: Little free time in the land of the free

Out of America: US workers get far less time off than their European counterparts. But they don't seem at all bothered about it

The Business On: Steven Cohen, SAC Capital

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Andreas Whittam Smith: A more 'democratic' Lords can only damage the Commons

If we believe we have a legitimate system of government - and the evidence is that we do - then there is no case for major constitutional change

Appeal court orders search of Galloway's charity papers

Civil servants have been ordered to reconsider disclosing thousands of documents relating to a fund run by former MP George Galloway during Saddam Hussein's regime.

Business Diary: Krugman misses a world united

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US Army General 'to be next head of CIA'

CIA director Leon Panetta will become US defense secretary and will be replaced at the spy agency's helm by US Army General David Petraeus, current head of military operations in Afghanistan, ABC News reported today.

Republican drops out of US presidential race

The Republican Governor of Mississippi has unexpectedly bowed out of presidential contention just as the 2012 campaign was beginning.

Senator John Ensign quits over affair

Nevada Republican John Ensign, who admitted having an extramarital affair with a campaign staff member, has announced that he will resign from the US Senate on 3 May.

Stephen Foley: Why Goldman boss is not going to prison

US Outlook: The idea of prosecuting Lloyd Blankfein for perjury is a non-starter, regardless of whether you think it an outrage that neither he nor any of his subordinates at Goldman Sachs is behind bars.

BP faces the wrath of Gulf Coast fishers and shareholders

Chanting, raging arguments which escalated to scuffles, and shareholders carried out sideways by security – BP's 2011 annual general meeting, held in London yesterday, broke corporate conventions.

Congress averts shutdown with last-minute spending deal

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached a historic, last-minute agreement just before a midnight deadline to slash about $38 billion (£23bn) in federal spending and avert the first federal government shutdown in 15 years.

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