Floods paralyse Indonesian capital of Jakarta

Indonesia's army deployed rubber boats in the capital's business district today to rescue people trapped in floods that inundated much of the city of 14 million people. The president was pictured standing in water up to his shins — his trousers rolled up — at the palace waiting for the arrival of Argentina's leader on a state visit.

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The Chessmen, By Peter May. Quercus, £14.99

Joyce once described Ireland as a priest-ridden country. God knows what he would have made of the Hebrides as presented in Peter May's accomplished trilogy, of which The Chessmen is the concluding volume. The influence of a hidebound church is all-pervasive and all-stultifying. But this is only part of the rich texture with which May has invested these books, elevating them above most contemporary crime fiction.

Delhi rape suspects have been beaten, says lawyer

Police badly beat the five suspects arrested in the brutal gang rape and killing of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, the lawyer for three of the men said today, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India.

Jérôme Cahuzac welcomed news of the investigation

French tax-the-rich minister 'hid money in Swiss bank'

The French minister responsible for enforcing new taxes on the rich is to be investigated for tax evasion.

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Turmoil fear as US pulls back from 'fiscal cliff'

Markets worldwide face volatility after late compromise on tax rises and spending cuts

Osamu Suzuki, left, is the fourth adopted son to run the family company

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Labour offers UK hope, says Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband today branded the coalition “a bad Government that is letting down the good people of this country”, in a New Year's message promising that Labour will offer Britain hope in 2013.

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The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

In October, this little piggy was trotted out by the people behind Hampshire's rural sweethearts – Lime Wood Hotel and The Pig in the Forest. The latest plot stands in a 15th-century wool house in Southampton's medieval walls, with the same rustic feel as its sister properties, but fewer rooms (just 12 this time) and no formal restaurant. Instead, breakfast is served before an open fire in the lounge and a free transfer is available to whisk guests to dinner at The Pig in the Forest.

The Pig in the Wall, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 2AZ (023-8063 6900; thepighotel.com). Doubles from £115. Breakfast £10pp.

Editorial: Mr Obama wins, with or without a budget deal

The broad principles of a long-term solution to the US budget deficit are clear

Finance Bill - reactions from the property world

The Government's tax change announcement has met with a mixed reaction from estate agents

Diageo calls time on Jose Cuervo talks

Drinks giant Diageo has called time on its bid to buy Mexico's Jose Cuervo tequila brand, ending year-long talks.

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