The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from February 5, 2008

Abuse Victims Win Historic Ruling on Compensation
Two young women have won a key ruling in their legal battle to secure compensation from the man who sexually abused them when they were children. The case is the first to benefit from last week's landmark House of Lords ruling against the man known as...
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A Liberal Republican on His Way to the White House? It's Fiction, of Course
The Tuesday Book THE RACE By Richard North Patterson MACMILLAN, Pounds 16.99 Order for Pounds 15.29 (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897No doubt a certain calculation could be attributed to Richard North Patterson when he began a novel on the race for the American...
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American Regulator Investigates Share Sale by SocGen Director
American regulators have begun inquiries into Societe Generale, the French bank caught up in an alleged 4.9bn (3.7bn) rogue trading scandal, and a director who sold shares days before the losses were revealed.Meanwhile French officials have unveiled...
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Animal Kingdom Puts in an Early Appearance
Catkins and celandines; newts and nest-building blue tits; snowdrops and seven-spotted ladybirds - the signs are unmistakable, and all point to an undeniable conclusion. A full month before the official end of winter, the British springtime has most...
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A Star Is Born
But is Adele worth all the hype? Her debut album has shot to No 1, critics can't get enough of her, and like all the best pop stars she only goes by her first name. But has 19-year-old Adele got what it takes to stayat the top? Elisa Bray charts the...
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Barry Morse
Actor who found fame as Philip Gerard, police chief in 'The Fugitive'When Barry Morse signed up to play Lt Philip Gerard, the police officer obsessed with capturing Dr Richard Kimble in The Fugitive, little did he know that he would become a part of...
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BC Partners Buys Intelsat after Agreeing to Renegotiate Financing
BC Partners, the European private equity group, has sealed the $16.5bn (8.4bn) takeover of the satellite group Intelsat, thought to be under threat after the credit crunch last summer.BC announced the completion of the takeover, its largest-ever deal,...
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'Being at Prime Minister's Questions Would Be a Hoot'
The 5-minute Interview Michael McIntyre ComedianAt the 2003 Edinburgh Festival, McIntyre, 31, was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award, going on to host his own radio show on LBC. Next week he will be headlining the 15th annual Leicester Comedy...
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Bill Baker
Wine merchant extraordinaireBill Baker, country wine merchant extraordinaire, was a rare blend of gourmet and gourmand. In his outsize pinstripe suit and trademark red braces, he was a regular and idiosyncratic fixture of the London wine tasting scene....
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Bombers Strike in Israel for First Time in over a Year
Police were on high alert through southern Israel yesterday after a woman was killed in a Palestinian suicide attack which two armed factions claimed had been made possible by the breach in the Egypt- Gaza border 12 days ago.The Israeli victim died and...
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Burley Promotes His Mr Motivator to Stir Scotland
The first time George Burley and Terry Butcher put their heads together, Burley smashed Butcher's cheekbone. That was in a 1978 pre- season friendly accident when they were Ipswich club-mates chasing the same ball. Almost 30 years on, Scotland's new...
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Capello Orders Double Training and Kicks out the Hangers-On
Fabio Capello laid down the law to his England players at their first meeting on Sunday night and immediately ended the circus around the team hotel by banning the players from inviting visitors there during international duty. That was just one of many...
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Capello's Tough Old Teacher Act Designed to Clean Up Sloppiness of England Class
One of the more familiar tricks of modern English football management is the development of the siege mentality. It is maybe the game's greatest growth industry.Quite often it works like this: one of your 100,000-a-week superstars is having a negative...
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Casebook
Could my starch intolerance be linked to AS?"I recently discovered the existence of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) while doing a web search on starch intolerance. Every time I eat starchy food the pain in my lower back, which I have had for more than 20...
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China Signs Partnership Deals with Aluminium and Mining Firms
Two of China's biggest state-owned companies have signed partnership agreements with Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, and Anglo American, the mining giant, to develop mining projects in China and Africa.Coming three days after Chinalco,...
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City Win Battle with Pompey over Benjani Price Tag
Manchester City have won their battle to renegotiate a price for Portsmouth striker Benjani Mwaruwari and will today announce his arrival at Eastlands for around 3.8m - half the price the south coast club had demanded.City are privately delighted by...
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Crazy for You: What the Critics Say
The IndependentUCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 31 January 2008There seems little reason to complete this review, since this much is already written: Adele will be huge in 2008. By the end of the week, her debut album 19 will be No 1. By the end of next...
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Credit Card Misery
Two years ago, banks were desperately fighting for credit card market share. Now they are closing accounts. By Sean Farrell Business AnalysisPity the poor credit card companies? After years of easy money, Britain's credit card providers are having to...
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Decision Day for a Nation Emerging from Bush's Shadow
LEADING ARTICLE US ELECTIONSThere has never been a "Super Tuesday" like it. Voters in 19 US states will today decide the allocation of their delegates to the party conventions this summer. There will be Democrat-only votes in three more states and Republican-only...
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Discovering the Real Eddie Waring
He pioneered rugby league on television before illness turned him into a laughing stock, but now a new book seeks to rehabilitate atrue visionary. By Dave Hadfield Restoring a cult figure's reputationThe 13th season of Super League, which begins in earnest...
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Dolcis Boss Kinnaird in Talks to Buy Envy
The retail entrepreneur John Kinnaird is in talks to buy struggling menswear chain Envy.Mr Kinnaird, the boss of the shoe chain Dolcis, which went into administration last month, is in negotiations with a number of parties with a view to buying back...
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Double Trouble
Manic, difficult, beset by personal problems - when Michael Barrymore took on the role of Spike Milligan, it was perfect casting. Simon Tait hears whyIn 1992, long before Michael Barrymore came out as gay, and his marriage collapsed, and a dead man was...
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Drogba Rejected for Award after Togo Travel Wrangle
--AFRICAN NATIONSThe Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba did not win the 2007 African Footballer of the Year award because he refused to attend Friday's ceremony in Lome, his team said yesterday.The Confederation of African Football had planned to give...
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Fortune Favours Egypt as Defending Champions Advance to Semi-Finals
--AFRICAN NATIONSA fortunate bounce off the body of striker Amr Zaki was enough to ensure Egypt retained hopes of a successful African Nations Cup title defence with a 2-1 win over Angola in yesterday's quarter- final. They were joined in the last four...
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Geraghty Recall Hints at Starting Role for Cipriani
--RUGBY UNIONEleven months ago, Shane Geraghty materialised in the England squad from the back end of nowhere and promptly contributed to an unexpected Six Nations victory for Brian Ashton's ailing side by running a few rings round the French at Twickenham....
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Gerrard Happy to Embrace New Era of Pragmatism
New era, a fresh start, an air of excitement. All the usual phrases were in place yesterday as England's players were asked their immediate impressions, after just one evening together and one training session, of the Capello regime. But one comment,...
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Get Shirty: England's New Kit 04.02.08
Freeze FrameThe big stageSome of the England football team's fans, star players, and its new manager pose in a hotel near Watford yesterday to celebrate the launch of a new away kit. The photo-op took place during a break from training for tomorrow night's...
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Google Tries to Initiate Counter-Bids for Yahoo to Scupper Microsoft Deal
Yahoo is examining a broad alliance with its internet nemesis Google, as a last-ditch attempt to avoid being swallowed up by Microsoft.Google contacted Yahoo within hours of Microsoft's hostile $45bn (23bn) bid approach last Friday, and was yesterday...
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'Her Success Is Depressingly Inevitable'
As Adele's album sweeps to the top of the charts, it becomes increasingly clear that in the future, all our pop-cultural decisions will be made not by us, but for us. There has been a depressing inevitability about Adele's success ever since the MySpace-driven...
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'He Was a Brilliant Teacher but Didn't Want to Command'
Jimmy Murphy battled his nature to lead stricken Manchester United after Munich. By Ian HerbertWhen Jimmy Murphy's son unveiled a memorial to his father in the Old Trafford museum's Munich room a few years back, he told how the unassuming Welshman would...
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'I Can't Lose Another Child'
A bone marrow transplant couldn't save Tamara Lord's son Dylan. Now, his brother must battle the same rare genetic disorder. Rebecca Armstrong reportsSitting in Tamara Lord's sunny home, it's impossible to ignore the pictures of her youngest son Dylan...
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Is Something Bugging You?
LEADING ARTICLE INTELLIGENCEA much-needed public debate about covert surveillance has begun, thanks to the allegation that counter-terrorism police officers secretly recorded discussions between the Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, and a constituent, Babar Ahmad....
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It's Time to Get Four to the Forest Floor
Exhibition WHISPERING IN THE LEAVES Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens SUNDERLANDLooking back over his career, the sound recordist Chris Watson believes that the best noises he has ever committed to tape are the groans of a vast Icelandic glacier. Also...
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ITV Essential Viewing as Takeover Talk Hots Up
MARKET REPORTRumours of a private-equity advance for ITV were broadcast around the market yesterday.Apax, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Provident were apparently considering a bid for the television company.The three companies are supposed to be mulling...
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Jazz
STAN TRACEY Barbican LONDON ***Longevity is not particularly associated with the lifestyle of a jazz musician, especially one who has played smoke-filled clubs and lounges regularly through the decades: a minority have pushed beyond threescore years...
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M&B Shareholders Unimpressed by Punch's Plans for Pounds 11bn Merger
Plans by Punch Taverns to create an 11bn pub giant through a tie- up with Mitchells & Butlers could face opposition from shareholders keen to secure a profitable exit from the owner of the All Bar One chain.Under Punch's offer, both sets of shareholders...
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Melrose Revealed as FKI's Pounds 412m Suitor
Melrose, the investment group focused on UK industry, has emerged as the suitor behind a 412m approach to the engineering group FKI.Melrose said in a regulatory news statement released to the market yesterday that it had made a preliminary approach to...
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Night of the Iguana Was Unforgettable
Last Night's TV LIFE IN COLD BLOOD BBC1 NATION ON FILM - MUNICH REMEMBERED BBC4Today's challenge is to write something about Sir David Attenborough that hasn't been written a thousand times before. Everyone knows that he's a national treasure, that...
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Obama Ahead in Crucial Race for California as Candidates Make Final Appeal for Votes
America's presidential candidates criss-crossed the country in a frenzied last-minute dash for support ahead of today's Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, with California emerging as the key battleground for both parties in a thrilling, boundlessly...
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Olivant Goes to the Brink with Demands for Better Rock Deal
Olivant yesterday embarked on a game of brinkmanship with the Government over Northern Rock, pulling out of the bidding race for the mortgage bank just hours before the deadline for takeover proposals to be filed.The investment group said that the Treasury's...
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Olivant Throws in the Towel on the Rock
OUTLOOKAnd then there were two. Luqman Arnold's Olivant has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the three-horse race for Northern Rock, so last night's hissy fit may be just more brinkmanship designed to wring a more accommodative deal out of the...
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Once Again, MPs Insult Our Intelligence
At times Members of Parliament talk and behave as if they are living in a parallel universe, which co-exists with the one in which the rest of us live - and yet which is not subject to the laws which govern our own lives.Yesterday's Commons statement...
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Pandora
email pandora@independent.co.uk internet site www.independent.co.uk/pandoraSick Floyd's friends fight it out in battle to brief pressAn unseemly row has broken out over the right to represent the prone form of Keith Floyd, who collapsed last week in...
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Patrick Hamilton
Itinerant writer and painterAsked to leave theological college in the late 1940s after a sudden extinction of his faith, Patrick Hamilton soon came to make a habit of losing his job. He was sacked first by BP, then by the publishers Longmans, and finally,...
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Perhaps We Should Silence the Bells, Too?
Writing of the defeat of the Saracens by Charles Martel in AD 732, Edward Gibbon knowingly scraped a fingernail down the blackboard of his reader's sensibilities. Had the Saracens been able to advance onwards into Europe and Great Britain, Gibbon wrote,...
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Pitt Rebuilds His Career with Basalt as Foundation
The most cheerless of midwinter Mondays, relieved only by the thinnest of gruel - but for two men at opposite ends of their profession, it felt like a banquet. Only a handful of paying customers gave the betting shop lantern show at Southwell yesterday...
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Police Officer May Have Authorised Bugging of MP
The bugging of meetings in prison between Labour MP Sadiq Khan and his constituent Babar Ahmed was authorised by a Thames Valley police officer as part of a counter-terrorism operation, it emerged yesterday.Announcing a two-week inquiry into the affair,...
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Police Officer Says He Was Forced into Bugging Muslim MP
A police officer last night claimed he was forced by the Metropolitan Police to carry out the bugging of a meeting in prison between Babar Ahmed, a terrorist suspect, and his MP, Sadiq Khan.Mark Kermey, an intelligence officer at the Woodhill prison...
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Premier League Believes Benjani Is City Player
Manchester City are facing a difficult negotiating position over the transfer of Benjani Mwaruwari from Portsmouth, with the Premier League of the view that City have effectively signed the player despite a contractual document remaining unsigned by...
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Ryanair Blames High Fuel Costs for Profits Drop
Michael O'Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair, has warned that full-year profits might fall for the first time since 11 September 2001, but expressed hope that the UK would be hit by a "deep, dark recession" that would force smaller rivals out of business...
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Scientists Identify 'Tipping Points' of Climate Change
Nine ways in which the Earth could be tipped into a potentially dangerous state that could last for many centuries have been identified by scientists investigating how quickly global warming could run out of control.A major international investigation...
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Shergar and a 25-Year Mystery
Was it the IRA? Or the Mafia? Or even Colonel Gadaffi? The abduction of the Derby-winning racehorse remains one of the great unsolved crimes of the twentieth century. By Mark Hughes A hero of the turfOn Tuesday 8 February 1983, a foggy winter's evening...
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'Sickening' Racist Abuse of Hamilton Turns into a Diplomatic Incident
Britain said it would protest officially to Spain last night after fans with blacked-up faces hurled insults at the British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.The fans, wearing dark curly wigs, black make-up and T-shirts with the words "Hamilton's family"...
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'Slowly but Surely, I'm Turning into a Grumpy Old Git. I've Suddenly Gone All Victor Meldrew about Shop Assistants'
Tales of the CityToday is Pancake Day, but most people, sad to report, won't know or care. When a flour manufacturer recently asked a random sample of citizens about it, 20 per cent said they hadn't realised it was the day to get busy with the eggs,...
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Spain's Nobel-Winning Novelist Cela 'Stole Passages for His Book'
The Spanish Nobel prize-winning writer Camilo Jose Cela has been accused of plagiarising the work of a lesser known author for one of his best-selling books.Cela, who died in 2002, was said to have stolen passages for his book La Cruz de San Andres (The...
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Straw's Body Language Betrays His Ambitions
THE SKETCH"There are things you should be able to answer today," David Davis said. Such as, did this bugging of an MP's conversation actually happen? Who authorised it? Did it happen by accident? Did someone just leave a tape running or did they know...
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Sunni vs Shia: The Real Bloody Battle for Baghdad
A teenage boy was arrested recently for the attempted rape of a girl his own age in a school in west Baghdad. He admitted he had chosen the particular girl as his victim "because I knew she was a Sunni and nobody would protect her". The boy was mistaken...
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Tadic Victory Boost for Kosovo Independence
Boris Tadic's re-election as president of Serbia was wholeheartedly welcomed by European leaders yesterday, as they looked forward to the prospect of the Balkan country moving along a smoother path to EU membership as the breakaway province of Kosovo...
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Tadic Victory Boost for Kosovo Independence
Boris Tadic's re-election as president of Serbia was wholeheartedly welcomed by European leaders yesterday, as they looked forward to the prospect of the Balkan country moving along a smoother path to EU membership as the breakaway province of Kosovo...
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The Sound of Breaking Cribs
Pop NME AWARDS TOUR 2008 Barrowland GLASGOW ****A commonly acknowledged kingmaker of an event on the British music scene, the annual NME Awards Tour is actually about as likely to launch a band towards a lower division of had-their-chance irrelevance...
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The Ten Best Valentine's Gifts for Her
1 Give with Flowers from 20With a huge range of bouquets and next-day delivery, this site is an excellent source of romantic blooms - plus, 20 per cent goes to Cancer Research.www.givewithflowers.org; 0845 026 09452 Pussy Home Boutique 95"Mirror, mirror...
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The Threat of a Balkan Flare-Up Has Not Gone Away
The Serbs have a word for it. Inat. It is defined in my dictionary as spite, malice or grudge, but that doesn't really do it justice. The scholar Dragan Milovic called it "proud defiance, stubbornness and self-preservation - sometimes to the detriment...
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The Veteran CAMPAIGNER
He has survived torture in Vietnam - and the brutality of George Bush's electoral machine. Now John McCain is favourite to win the Republican nomination. David Usborne reports from Boston The dark horse of the rightIt is early but the candidate is,...
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Today in the Premier League
ARSENALCesc Fabregas says the Gunners would be "very disappointed" if they do not win the title this season. The midfielder believes the balance of the squad could prove decisive. "Apart from William Gallas and Manuel Almunia everyone is 20, 22," he...
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UN Human Rights Supremo Joins Campaign to Save Pervez
By Jerome Starkeyin Kabuland Anne PenkethThe UN's most senior human rights official has added her clout to the international campaign being waged to save the life of the jailed Afghan student journalist Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, it emerged yesterday.It...
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Unilever Swallows Russia's Leading Ice-Cream Maker
Unilever yesterday moved to cement its position as the world's biggest ice-cream producer, buying Inmarko, the Russian market leader, for an undisclosed sum.Inmarko was founded in 1991, and has factories in Novosibirsk, where it was founded, Omsk and...
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US Fiscal Plan Will Double Federal Deficit
The US President George Bush has unveiled a fiscal plan that will see the US federal budget deficit double this year, with larger- than-planned deficits stretching well into his successor's term of office. US government borrowing this year and next will...
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Vast and Growing Fast, a Garbage Tip That Stretches from Hawaii to Japan
A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.The vast expanse of debris - in effect the world's largest rubbish dump...
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We Need Straight Talk When It Comes to Terror
A leaked document from the Home Office addresses the difficult question of how officials are supposed to talk to Muslims about the terrorists and fundamentalists in their midst. It's an interesting document, largely because it seems determined to avoid...
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When Nature Knows Best
Homespun cures have been handed down the generations. But a new website will tell us which ones really work. Meg Carter reportsCobwebs to heal wounds and onions to soothe a sore throat are among the hundreds of home cures now being contributed by members...
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Why Alan Johnson's Letter Could Deliver the Next Election to Labour - or to the Tories
A ministerial letter to GPs seems like a tiny pebble in the pond compared with the Northern Rock crisis, missing CDs and the rest. Yet the letter from the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, suggesting GPs should open their surgeries for a few more hours...
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Why Do We Eat Pancakes Today, and Is This a Uniquely English Tradition?
The big questionWhy are we asking this now?Because today, of course, is Shrove Tuesday - "shrove" being the past tense of the old English verb shrive, the word for the ritual release given to Christians who confessed their sins, a practice common in...
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Why Gout Is About
It used to be seen as a rich man's disease. Now we're all at risk. But why is this agonising condition on the increase? And how can we avoid it? By Jeremy LauranceThere are few medical conditions that provoke curiosity and mirth in equal measure. Gout...
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Why Plastic Is the Scourge of Sea Life
One cigarette lighter, a toothbrush, a toy robot and a tampon applicator. The list of plastic items recovered from the stomach of a Laysan albatross chick that died on a remote Pacific island reads like a random assortment of everyday household objects.It...
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Wolfson Powers on but It May Be Heavily Exposed to Downturn
THE INVESTMENT COLUMNOur view: Fully valuedShare price: 169p ( +10.5p)Wolfson Microelectronics makes the chips used to power everyday gadgets from set-top boxes and Apple iPods to flat-screen televisions and satellite navigation equipment. The technology...
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You Write the Reviews
LA TRAVIATA Royal Opera House LONSON ***I booked to see this opera primarily to see Anna Netrebko, whom I had seen last year light up the stage at the Barbican performing arias and duets with Rolando Villazn. This decision was vindicated when many reviewers...
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