Excessive risk taking and geopolitical hazards pose new threats to a global economy already experiencing an uneven and weaker than expected recovery, the International Monetary Fund has warned.
The global economy faces headwinds from a sluggish eurozone and rising political tensions, including the uncertain outcome of Scotland's independence referendum, a leading thinktank has warned.
Have I got this right? The world is facing, in Ukraine and the Middle East, the most disturbing concatenation of unpredictable events for decades, but the big issue in Scotland is whether it should leave the UK, and the main obsession of the Conservative party is the prospect of the UK's departure from the European Union – or Brexit, as it is known.
The government has rebutted accusations that a vast free trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US will act as a cover to privatise the NHS while also watering down food standards and banking regulations.
The bosses of Britain's 100 biggest listed companies are earning on average 143 times more than their staff, according to data that exposes the growing imbalance between how the nation's workforce and its business leaders are rewarded.
Britain's economy powered on in the second quarter, recording its strongest growth since before the financial crisis, but economists warned the pressure was on UK consumers and businesses to sustain the recovery amid the threat of a triple-dip recession in the eurozone.
Want to understand what's happening in the eurozone? Then think back a couple of years to the early years of the UK's coalition government.
The Bank of England signalled it is edging closer to a rise in interest rates but admitted it is in the dark about the true state of the British economy.
Britain's economy has recovered the losses caused by the financial crisis and surpassed its pre-recession peak in the second quarter of the year, by posting a growth rate of 0.8%.
The International Monetary Fund has raised its forecast for Britain's GDP growth rate for the second time this year, heaping further embarrassment on the Washington-based organisation following its warning in 2013 that George Osborne's austerity policies were "playing with fire" and could trigger a slump.
Britain has slipped two places down Europe's league table of living standards falling to sixth after being overtaken by Austria and Germany, the European Union's statistical body said.
It says something about the enfeebled state of the British economy when the Treasury can take comfort from a forecast from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that growth will be just 0.9% next year.