Government urged to take "aggressive steps" to increase home-ownership or face huge housing benefit costs

By 2060, the state will need to spend an extra £8.13 billion on Housing Benefit for older people, says new report

Blow for Morrisons as finance man walks away

The finance director who played a crucial role in building Morrisons into a nationwide grocer, after the débâcle of its takeover of Safeway in 2004, is leaving.

Morrisons to lose finance director Richard Pennycook next summer

The finance director who played a crucial role in building Morrisons into a nationwide grocer after the debacle of its takeover of Safeway in 2004 is leaving.

Police arrest 85 after protest sparks violent clashes

Scores of demonstrators clashed with police, smashed bank windows and blocked roads in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv at the weekend during a protest against the arrest of a social activist.

Howley takes pride in running Wallabies close

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley remains proud of his side for running Australia so close despite three successive defeats in their hard-fought Test series. A mere 11 points separated the two teams over the games in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with the third Test at the weekend decided in favour of the Wallabies 20-19.

Friends and family pay tribute to six children killed in Derby house fire at funeral

A church was packed out today as friends and family gathered to say their farewells to six children who died in a fire at their house.

Early kick-off for Community Shield match between Manchester City and Chelsea

Manchester City's Community Shield encounter with FA Cup winners Chelsea on August 12 will kick-off at 1.30pm.

Nathalie Savaricas: Football success shows teamwork can boost country's fortunes

Desperation has fuelled a rise in extremism. Four Egyptian fishermen were savagely beaten last week

Labour attacks 'Minister for Daybreak'

He is the Government’s most prolific media operators.

Fit for a pasha: The apartment is elegantly minimal with antique furniture, all the mod cons, and it is set in the heart of Istanbul's bohemian Beyoglu district

Stay the Night: Pasha!Place, Istanbul, Turkey

Reflecting its location, this 19th-century apartment marries Ottoman heritage with modern flourishes

Observations: Take a break in a cottage that has a creative past

Rather than renting the same old boring Cornish cottage, how about staying in a bolthole with a creative past?

German Gorbuntsov: The controversial banker who thought he had escaped his enemies back home

German Gorbuntsov is neither the first banker to seek refuge in Britain from the brutal war within corporate Russia, nor the first to recognise that its relatively free society provides limited protection from the battles left behind.

Property prices inch higher

House prices inched ahead in the UK last month but are unlikely to show much change for the rest of the year, Halifax said yesterday.

House prices show slight increase

House prices showed a slight increase last month but are unlikely to move much over the rest of this year, the Halifax said today.

Projected visuals transformed the look of the Palace during Monday's concert

Who turned Buckingham Palace into a block of flats?

For many watching – or at least those on Twitter whinging – the highlight of Sunday's Jubilee gig was the visuals projected onto the Palace as Madness played "Our House".

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