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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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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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

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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?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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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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