Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square

'A new tyranny': Pope Francis attacks unfettered capitalism and says rich should share wealth

Pontiff calls for major change - but reiterates church's opposition to abortion and the ordination of female priests

Sports clubs to get tax breaks on bars’ profit

More than 40,000 sports clubs are set to benefit from new  tax breaks as the Government tries to secure the legacy of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Judge takes unusual step to move £50m family dispute to luxury May Fair Hotel

A luxury hotel conference room is to be turned into a courtroom on Monday for a £50m family dispute to be played out.

Debate: Boris Johnson is right to say we’re overly eager to bash the super-rich

Surprise, surprise.  Boris Johnson has gone and caused a signature ruckus: this time saying we should celebrate, not condemn, the UK’s batch of gazillionaires. And he doesn’t stop there – saying the papers should abandon their annual rich lists and replace them with a catalogue of the country’s top 100 “Tax Heroes”, with automatic knighthoods handed out to the top 10 earners-come-tax contributors.

Book Review: Offshore, By Penelope Fitzgerald

Perhaps a surprise Booker Prize winner in 1979, Fitzgerald’s novel might seem slightly out of date now with regards to its popular culture references, but its focus on the alternative families we create when our biological ones just won’t do is still relevant.

110 oligarchs own a third of Russia's wealth

A staggering 35 per cent of household wealth in Russia is owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the world barring a few small Caribbean islands, a report by a major investment bank says.

'Truckers Ride for the Constitution' are expecting 3,000 truckers to descend on the capital

US shutdown: Truckers to clog Washington's Beltway in 3-day protest against 'lawlessness' of members of Congress

The protest was first announced in mid-September, before the beginning of the ongoing government shutdown

Free FIFA 14 app released for iOS and Android

This Friday, EA Sports will release their flagship title FIFA 14, ending months of anticipation and excitement amongst a sizeable proportion of the gaming community. Today however, fans have been given the chance to end the wait for a new FIFA a little prematurely – not due to an early release of the console version, but by being able to download a FIFA 14 app for iOS and Android for free.

Thark at the Park Theatre, London

Theatre review: Thark, Park Theatre, London

Thanks to Feydeau and his followers, we tend to think of farce as the most sex-fuelled of genres, full of randy bourgeois types, bent on bedding one another, who desperately struggle to keep up a front of respectability as the frenzy mounts and their reputations disintegrate with a hurtling, remorseless logic. The improprieties are a good deal less priapic and the pace considerably gentler in the work of Ben Travers, whose 1927 Aldwych farce is now engagingly revived at the Park Theatre by Eleanor Rhode for Snapdragon Productions in Clive Francis's new adaptation. 

Pay hike sees FTSE 100 finance heads average £1.7m

Finance chiefs of FTSE 100 companies enjoy an average pay packet of £1.7m a year, after those in this key role at UK-listed firms saw an inflation-busting 4.7 per cent average pay hike in the past year.

Jennifer Lopez: A man found allegedly living in the singer's pool house has been charged with stalking

Man found living in Jennifer Lopez's pool house arrested for stalking

A man found living in the pool house of Jennifer Lopez’s mansion in the Hamptons, New York has been charged with stalking.

Swiss government blocks deal to sell luxury ski lift to North Korea

Switzerland has vetoed an attempt by an engineering company to sell a $7.5m (£4.8m) ski lift to North Korea because of concerns that the sale would breach United Nations sanctions against the Pyongyang regime.

A wildfire in central Idaho forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the upmarket tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum

Picture of the day: Fighting fire with water as Idaho burns

A wildfire in central Idaho forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the upmarket tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum over the weekend, as firefighters lost ground against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort.

Construction work in Glastonbury, Somerset. Many cannot afford to buy in rural areas

Affordable homes to rent – not buy – will rebalance the property market

Locally generated building is good for everyone

As in London, it is the classic areas of Manhattan that are proving appealing

$95m penthouse? Manhattan prices hit new heights

The property market led the US into a crisis but now, as prices rise and even London is left behind, could it be the country's saviour?

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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