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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

BAE set to cut 1,000 jobs at Glasgow and Portsmouth shipyards

Workers in Scotland under threat after completion of aircraft carriers project

Marine Le Pen comments last night on her party's success

Local election victory for Marine Le Pen's National Front raises fears on both left and right

Mainstream groups concerned that National Front could gain more regional council seats

Living man in Ohio declared ‘legally dead’ despite appearing alive and well before a US judge

US Court tells Donald Miller he has missed the boat when it comes to rejoining the ranks of the living

Up to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears

156,500 people in England have received summonses in response to the changes to benefits six months ago

Clash of the campus titans: Varsity for beginners

Leeds student Rosie Collington is beginning to see what the fuss is about

Cardiff named best city to be young in the UK

A new poll has named Cardiff the best city in the UK to be aged between 18-30.

British territorial army forces in Afghanistan.

Army faces losing another 3,000 soldiers in January as No 10 and military chiefs clash over redundancies

Restricted access documents suggest neither side is happy to completely surrender control of the speed and timing of anticipated job losses

We have to stem this awful trade

The appalling tragedy in the seas off southern Sicily may well be the worst ever, in terms of numbers lost. It is certainly the bleakest reminder that neither the countries from which the victims came, nor Libya, from which they almost certainly travelled, nor Italy, nor Europe as a whole, has begun to find a way to stem this dreadful trade.

British Prime Minster David Cameron delivers his keynote speech on the last day of the annual Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central

David Cameron: Young people under 25 would not be able to claim employment or housing benefits under Tory government

PM offers prospect of income tax cuts as he pleads for chance to 'finish the job' of balancing nation’s books in closing speech

Eurozone economy stabilising as unemployment remains at steady 12%

Official figures show that unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro held steady in August, in another sign that the eurozone economy is stabilising following its longest-ever recession.

Britons who are out of work for several years will be required to work full-time on community projects to receive state unemployment payments

Osborne's jobcentre reform is more ‘tough luck’ than ‘tough love’

Does anyone think turning up on a daily basis will really help?

All those who have been unemployed for three years will have to do some work or training in return for their benefits – or attend a jobcentre every day – under tough measures to be laid out in detail by George Osborne

George Osborne's welfare war: Work for your benefits - or attend jobcentre daily

Only other option is training, says Chancellor as he reveals 'no something for nothing' plan

Financial crisis ‘led to the loss of 7m jobs’

The human cost of the financial crisis was the obliteration of 7m jobs across the developed world since the second quarter of 2008, a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers says today.

The protests in Kadro, north of Khartoum

At least 30 protesters killed after Sudan fuel price hike

One analyst said the lethal crackdown showed the unrest ‘terrified the government’

Six out of ten working families struggling with their rent or mortgage

Charity warns that England could become a ‘knife-edge nation’

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