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The Bank of England’s flagship policy of forward guidance on interest rates will “evolve” next month, Mark Carney said yesterday, as he sought again to dampen expectations of an imminent rate rise.

The Business Matrix: Monday 28 January 2013

Apple's offshore pile rises by £7bn

Starbucks is understood to be close to a deal with HM Revenue and Customs over corporation tax

Government not ‘bullying’ Starbucks, says Shapps

Starbucks is not being bullied over its tax affairs despite the Prime Minister telling firms to “wake up and smell the coffee,” the Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps, insisted today.

New Bank of England boss warns there is no quick fix

The man the Government has pinned its hopes on to steer the UK out of the financial crisis has warned that he cannot single-handedly get rid of risks to the economy.

Algeria asks for terror help

Algeria will need international help to better fight terrorism, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mourad Medelci, acknowledged yesterday. His remarks come just a week after his government was criticised for rejecting offers of help to deal with the four-day crisis at a gas plant which left at least 37 hostages and 29 militants dead.

Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near Ain Amenas, Algeria

Algerian foreign minister admits hostage crisis mistakes

Algeria's foreign minister has admitted that his government's security forces made mistakes during the hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant, in which 38 civilians and 29 militants died, including six British nationals.

Meanwhile in Davos...How the PM, George and Boris digested the GDP slump

Greenpeace activist Ben Stewart manages to snap Cameron, Osborne and Boris Johnson tucking into pizza and fondue during the World Economic Forum

'Wake up and smell the coffee': G8 MUST tackle tax evasion, says David Cameron

David Cameron pledged to use Britain’s G8 presidency to clamp down on “cowboy” multinational firms that avoid paying UK corporation tax.

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF: 'Excessive inequality is corrosive to growth; it is corrosive to society'

Cut bankers' pay or risk another crash, IMF chief tells financiers

Christine Lagarde uses World Economic Forum speech to attack gap between rich and poor

Cameron to deliver jinxed Europe speech

David Cameron will this week finally deliver his long-delayed speech promising a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London: 'It is vital for the UK economy – for London – that it continues to be up to speed with global developments and ahead of them if possible'

Boris Johnson to make move from zip wire to high finance in effort to boost economic credentials

Mayor of London planning trips this year to China, the Gulf and South America to “sell” London as a place to do business

A view over the Limmat river in central Zurich

Don't rule out a nice slice of super-safe Switzerland

Buy a home there and enjoy a 1 per cent mortgage, the world's best quality of life, and an ultra-safe economy

Euro MPs, including the Italian deputy Licia Ronzulli and her daughter Victoria, top row, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday

Europe has plenty – but where are all of Britain's powerful women?

David Cameron's latest Cabinet reshuffle pushes UK down the international gender-equality league

Advice to Europe - from Britain's richest man

Even Lakshmi Mittal is feeling the economic pain. The metals magnate tells James Ashton what he would do about it
Demonstrators marched in London yesterday against male violence in the Million Women Rise protest

Revealed: The best and worst places to be a woman

An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women's Day unearths some surprising results...

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