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

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– not least how to travel

On The Road: Getting to know colourful creatures in the Ecuadorian Amazon

The exuberance of life in the rainforest is beginning to overwhelm us. Our guide José Macanilla has just pointed out a tiny red Dendrobates frog.

How the West poisoned Bangladesh

A UN project aimed to help millions - but it brought them water contaminated with arsenic

Real estate bubble threatens resurgent Chinese economy

Despite the global recession, China's economy has been growing strongly and, reports the World Bank, is expected to accelerate its already impressive expansion over the next few years.

Tory MP blocks bill targeting 'vulture funds'

Lone objector halts move to curb debt shark activity in world's poorest countries

Lord Richardson of Duntisbourne: Governor of the Bank of England during the troubled times of the 1970s and early 1980s

The scene was the magnificent office of the Governor of the Bank of England, on the ground floor of Charles Smirke's building within a building, in Threadneedle Street. In the Bank of England in 1976 power lay concentrated on the ground floor, as it is largely to this day. The offices of the Governors (internal communications were always addressed to the Governor, Gordon Richardson, and his deputy, Jasper Hollom as "Governors") were around the garden court, as were those of the four executive directors.

The truth is out there: 30/01/2009

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Myners plans to host 'global debate' on new bank levy

City minister says proposal would require international agreement to be effective

Leading article: America must fulfil its responsibilities to Haiti

The US can help set the Caribbean nation on a more prosperous road

Bob Geldof: 'Who says aid doesn't work?'

Twenty-five years after Band Aid, Bob Geldof went back to Africa to see how millions of lives have been transformed. Paul Vallely reports

Blair 'happy to be out of race for Europe job'

Tony Blair will not seek another big international job after being rejected for the new post of "President of Europe", his allies said yesterday.

Adrian Hamilton: You can't choose a camel this way let alone two horses

It's easy to dismiss the EU summit as being a lot of fuss over nothing jobs

Letters: World Bank and climate change

World Bank policies exacerbate global warming
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