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Yellow ribbons have been put up around the married aid convoy driver’s home town in his memory

Chancellor's biggest challenge yet as UK teeters on brink of a triple-dip recession

George Osborne faces the most severe test of his Chancellorship tomorrow morning when official figures reveal whether or not the economy has slipped into an unprecedented "triple-dip" recession.

Chinese slowdown rocks global markets

A shock slowdown for the world’s second-biggest economy sent tremors through global markets yesterday as fears of an end to China’s breakneck growth mounted.

Having a giraffe: George Osborne

Mockney credentials: a primer in financial rhyming slang for George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne’s accent in Tuesday’s speech about welfare was roundly derided for its mockney burr.

George Obsorne 'wasted Whitehall time and created real economic costs' in last-minute budget manipulation, says Institute for Fiscal Studies

George Osborne has been accused of wasting the time of Whitehall officials and creating “real economic costs” for the country by the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank.

Victims of FGM and charities that fight against it must be involved in Government eradication efforts

Decades of activism underpin this new drive against female circumcision

Coldplay singer, Chris Martin, has suffered from tinnitus after being exposed to too much loud music

Coldplay fans asked to appear in crowd sourced video

Oxfam is looking for Coldplay fans to take part in a groundbreaking global music project to campaign against one of the world’s greatest human injustices.

China's soaring growth cools in weakest year for over a decade

China's breakneck pace of economic expansion cooled off in 2012 after the weakest year for the Red Dragon in more than a decade, official figures showed today.

Market Report: Shire perks up on AstraZeneca buzz

Rare diseases are Shire's bag and it is this expertise in life-threatening genetic illnesses that has caught the eye of rival AstraZeneca – well that is what traders would have us believe anyway.

Small farms are critical in the fight against hunger

60 per cent of the rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty; helping small farms conserve their harvest better can make a huge difference

Blagnon Gnepa family, Harper, Liberia
The Blagnon Gnepa family live in a temporary refugee camp for Ivorians fleeing the violence across the border, and are given essential rations such as oil and grains.

Special report: World food injustice - the facts on a plate

From London to Liberia, nearly a billion people are living a hand-to-mouth existence. Katie Grant reports on global hunger and finds out how these families get through the week

Doha was all hot air. It's high time for a new central body to take action on climate change

We need a rival to the World Bank to address rising temperatures

Greece, one of the countries worst hit by the European financial crisis, are perceived as being among the most corrupt in the European Union

Greece 'most corrupt' EU country, survey reveals

Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index shows Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece with the lowest scores in western Europe

Talks on new climate pact start in Qatar

Attempts to create a new climate treaty failed in Copenhagen three years ago

The World Bank warns of catastrophe in the world temperature rises more than four degrees

World Bank warns of '4 degree' threshhold

The World Bank is urging stepped-up efforts to meet world carbon reduction goals after looking at what it says would be the catastrophic consequences if average world temperatures rise more than 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.

Government to cut foreign aid to India as part of 'new approach' to funding poorer countries

The Government is to cut its longstanding commitment to provide foreign aid to India because the country's growing economy means it no longer needs British support, it emerged today.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee