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Christmas lost its soul in the west around the time that I stopped believing in Rudolf, and it’s been a source of angst forPatti Waldmeir — Shanghai
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks on the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem. Annabel Cook
Low inflation and the supermarket price war have allowed cash-strapped Britons to redirect more of their spending towardsEmily Cadman
Where: London Fields WiFi: Free Open: 10am — late (Mon 5pm; Sun 6pm) Plug sockets: Yes Price of an espresso: £1.90 Privacy:Mian Ridge
Russia faces a “full-blown economic crisis” next year that will trigger a series of defaults and the loss of itsJack Farchy
How do you open a conversation with your audience? “My lords, ladies and gentlemen” is a popular opening. “Friends, Romans,Sam LeithOn public speaking
The UK accountancy watchdog announced two separate investigations into PwC on Monday, related to its audit clients Tesco andHarriet Agnew, City Correspondent
A Pakistani provincial high court on Monday temporarily halted the hangings of five militants who were sentenced to deathFarhan Bokhari in Islamabad
Seplat, the Nigerian oil group that listed its shares this year in London, is in talks with rival Afren over the first majorJavier Blas, Africa Editor
On page eight of a report that drips with disapproval for France’s modest economic reforms, the European Commission findsTony Barber in London
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