With planned megacity, China thinks big
Size – twice as big as Wales. Population – forty-two million. Cost - 190 billion pounds. Meet China’s record-breaking solution to urban drift.
'Sexist' Football pundits caught offside
A female official at a top football match is mocked by the TV presenters. They're now suspended. But is football the only sexist institution?
‘Hardman’ Ed takes the fight to the Tories
A tough and uncompromising politician has been put in charge of the Labour Party’s economic policy. The Conservative-led government expects a hard fight. The battleground? Spending cuts.
Inflation raises spectre of money losing its value
Prices, from bread to petrol, are 3.7% higher than last year. History has grim warnings on where it might end.
Piracy on the high seas and laser dazzlers
More people were taken hostage at sea in 2010 than in any year since records began. So how can a ‘ragged band’ of pirates hold the world to ransom?
The world moves into a new Chinese era
China is now the developing world's biggest lender, yet another sign of the country's rising power. Should we be worried?
Has ‘Dr. Cameron’ got his diagnosis right?
The government is planning a major overhaul of the health service, where hospitals will become more like businesses. But is it the right cure?
Blood, pain and tweets in Tunisian revolt
After weeks of unrest in Tunisia, the President of twenty-three years has fled abroad. But can violence and chaos ever bring democratic change?
Rage as ‘greedy bankers’ take bonuses
Despite widespread blame for our economic woes and a renewed outbreak of banker bashing, top financiers are due for another bumper year.
Miracle and disaster as China grows rich
Boomtime for industry in China has brought health risks for the population, with frequent poisonings and accidents. But there are benefits as well.
UK Drugs Trade - Smugglers Get Creative
Drug smugglers are trying inventive new tactics. Can border police stop the illegal trade into the country? And are they targeting the wrong people?
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?
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?