Bloodstained riches: Zimbabwe’s diamonds
New finds have sparked a diamond rush in impoverished Zimbabwe. But are the diamonds a mainly a lifeline to prop up a tyrannical regime?
An emergency budget for turbulent economic times
Yesterday’s Budget – full of severe cuts to services and tax rises – was presented as unavoidable given our economy’s dangerous position. But where do the real risks lie?
Israel loosens its 3-year stranglehold on Gaza
International pressure has forced Israel to ease its blockade on the Palestinian territory of Gaza. Could this be a step towards lasting peace?
The challenge for George Osborne on Budget eve
How can a government possibly communicate one of the most complex financial plans of the year in a way that people who are not economists can understand?
Cheap as chips? Not any more, warns the UN
The UN has issued a warning about poverty, malnutrition and the rising cost of food. What’s pushing up the prices? And can we avoid a global disaster?
Greece told: beware Chinese bearing gifts
As Greece struggles, China comes to the rescue with its biggest ever European investment. But does Chinese help come with dangerous strings attached?
The lost millions: 43.3m are now displaced worldwide
It’s Refugee Week, and the number of displaced people is at its highest for 20 years, with 80% housed in developing countries. Is Britain shirking its responsibility?
Army chief gets the boot, as Afghan war heats up
A change at the top signals a new approach to the war in Afghanistan. But can this battle really be won? And should we be fighting at all?
The cruellest cut — or a brave new world?
Beneath the endless gloomy headlines about job losses and closures there lurks an ideological argument about the role of the state in the future of Britain.