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

Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases

Livestock causes far more climate damage than first thought, says a new report

Go veggie to fight global warming, says expert

One of the world's leading climate change gurus urged people to become vegetarian today, to help beat global warming.

World Focus: Why Palestinians have lost faith in Obama

For a man who is sometimes seen as the Palestinian politician that the Israelis and the Americans like best, Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad was in a strikingly robust mood during a two-hour press conference in Ramallah yesterday. While too polite to criticise the Obama administration, he nevertheless had a clear message in the wake of the failure by the US to persuade the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu to grant a freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank as a precursor to serious negotiations.

Paul Collier: The flight of finance from Africa

Money has drained back to the richest nations, where the risks are much lower

IMF chief calls for tax on financial sector

The head of the International Monetary Fund yesterday called for a tax on the financial sector to protect the world economy from the "systematic risk" it creates.

US envoy fails to break stalemate on settlements

Current US efforts to kick-start serious negotiations on a future two state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict were in the balance yesterday after presidential envoy George Mitchell failed to bridge the gap between the two sides on settlement construction.

Dress down every day, office workers ordered

Bangladesh instructs men to ditch their suits and ties in bid to save electricity

Robert McNamara: Secretary of Defense excoriated for his part in leading America into the Vietnam War

In another age and circumstance, Robert McNamara might have been a classic American success story. He was a brilliant student, a formidable administrator who impressed everyone who met him. Destiny, however, propelled him to a job which made him a prime architect of arguably America's greatest foreign policy disaster. The young Robert McNamara had a dazzling career in Detroit; an older and saddened McNamara was President of the World Bank for 13 years. But he will forever be remembered for "McNamara's War," the tragedy of his middle years which was the calamitous US adventure in Vietnam.

Trichet warns economy is not out of the woods

The risks of of "sudden emergence of unexpected financial turbulence" could push the world economy even further into recession, according to the president of the European Central Bank.

Econoblog: Credit Crunch II

The latest from the World Bank on global economic prospects, especially those in poorer nations reminds us of two salient points. First, how much the developing world will be hit by the downturn; and second, how we can’t just shrug and move on from that.

IMF offers support to Government – but debt will hamper recovery

Fund praises bold action which averted breakdown but warns over public finances

House prices and business confidence raise hopes of recovery

Fifth successive improvement in sentiment points to recovery by 2010

Sean O'Grady: The report was damning – but there's light on the horizon

The secret of good comedy, it is often said, is timing. Much the same might be said about politics, and, unfortunately for the Treasury Select Committee (and more happily for the Government) the committee's report comes just as another few fragments of good news arrive to suggest that the worst of the downturn may actually be over, and the recovery, feeble as it is destined to be, may turn up by Christmas. With headlines and chatter about "green shoots" growing, the media might be even be accused of talking us into a recovery.

Hamish McRae: The downturn will go on, but this should restore confidence

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