ROCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Nigel Farage (L) poses for photographers with Mark Reckless outside the UKIP office on October 17, 2014 in Rochester, England. Reckless will stand as the UKIP candidate in the Rochester and Strood by-election to be held on November 20th as a result of his move to UKIP. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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UK by-elections

Having lost one seat to Ukip in Clacton the Tories are pulling out all the stops to win the Rochester by-election

Britain and the cuts

Half way through nine years of planned austerity, the FT has uncovered that more than half of government cuts are still to come

Oil – the big drop

While falling oil prices pose a challenge for governments and producers, the global economy stands to benefit from a huge windfall

US midterm elections

The Republicans now control both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006 after sweeping poll victories across the US

Ebola virus

As an exponentially expanding epidemic rampages through west Africa, Ebola is the most discussed virus on the planet

Syria crisis

After three years of civil war the conflict between the Assad regime and myriad groups of rebels on the ground remains deadlocked

Eurozone in crisis

After two years of economic contraction, optimism has started to take hold that the bloc will finally return to growth in 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

Despite a truce, violence has persisted in eastern Ukraine as the conflict, with no resolution in sight, continues to cast a cloud over the global economy