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Economists call for IMF reforms

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should be reformed to make it more representative of its membership, a group of leading economists said yesterday.

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Your columnist Joanna Moorhead is right ("Benedict bites back", 19 September): the Vatican is a very slick operation, but no mention was made of the number of highly qualified women who work within the Vatican itself, curating a massive collection of treasures from round the world which reflect the missionary element of the faith over centuries, and caring for the collections of books and manuscripts with corridor after corridor of history deep underground. What always mystifies me is why the celibacy rule is so deeply rooted within church dogma when the central plank of it is that the Pope is the direct descendant by acknowledged Faith of Peter the Apostle. The Basilica is built over what is considered to be his tomb, complete with bones. Peter was a married man. There is reference to his mother-in-law within scripture.

Adrian Hamilton: Global poverty isn't what it was

Gordon Brown says he feels "anger" at the failure of some rich countries to stump up the money for the Millennium Development Goals decided at the UN 10 years ago. Nick Clegg, attending the conference in New York of 140 countries to review progress, yesterday called "on others to show equal resolve" to Britain in "honouring their commitments."

Letters: A-level results

Crazy A-levels need reform

Slow pace of aid forces Pakistan to take loan from World Bank

The world Bank has offered a $900m (£577m) loan to Pakistan to help with the country's flood recovery programme.

Marc Louis Bazin: Former Haitian Prime Minister and World Bank economist

Even within the constant shapeshifting of Haitian politics, Marc Louis Bazin's curriculum vitae was quite unique. He was a World Bank development economist when he was named minister for economy and finance in Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's brutal and corrupt dictatorship in 1982. He was sacked and exiled after he criticised Duvalier's corruption and won the public nickname "Mr Clean" – a distinctly negative term in the young dictator Duvalier's limited vocabulary.

Carbon traders grab hefty pay increases

The pay gap between carbon traders and more conventional energy traders has halved in three years, with the market increasingly part of the City's mainstream, according to the headhunter Selby Jennings.

Have you seen this man? The hunt for the former PM

Forty days after leaving Downing Street, Gordon Brown is back home in Fife. But, despite reported sightings, he is proving to be an elusive quarry. Brian Brady tries to pick-up his trail

Letters: The legacies of Bloody Sunday

*** I do not wish to diminish the significance of Lord Saville's report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings, however I do find the hypocrisy of some of those who have condemned the military to be sickening.

Trichet acts amid fears of double dip

European banks will be offered more assistance in funding their operations by the European Central Bank (ECB).

Government may withdraw billions from overseas projects

Billions of pounds in aid spending is to be reviewed by the Government as it begins a far-reaching efficiency drive that could see funding withdrawn from some overseas development projects.

Queen Rania: 'Injustice is a symptom'

Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, has called for a revamp of world groups such as the G20, the UN and the World Bank to improve international cooperation.

Storytelling: Bewitching the Modern Mind, By Christian Salmon, trans David Macey<br />Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

American academic Ben Yagoda, writing in Memoir: A History last year, offered a provocative explanation of the slump in sales of the literary novel. "Fiction has become a bit like a painting in the age of photography" – a novelty item that has its place in high culture and low but is oddly absent in the middle range: "fiction's day is done".

India raises interest rates to cool economy

Central bank acts to reduce inflation of 10 per cent as economic growth surges in Asia's third-largest economy

West faces 'fractious week' of talks over surrendering World Bank votes to China

As the Bric countries jostle for more say at the IMF, G20 ministers face dilemmas&ndash; not least how to travel
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