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English children 'less free to play'

Researchers hailed the benefits of children being outside unaccompanied Anxious parents in England give their children less freedom to play and go outside than those in many other European countries, research suggests. England was ranked…


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Berlin must lead Europe to closer union

Integration is a noble attempt to overcome the EU’s problems, writes Constanze Stelzenmüller ©EPA Perfecting the EU on terms acceptable to all Europeans is Ms Merkel’s task The battle over the third Greek bailout has…


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Noble accounts cleared but jobs to be cut

Noble Group, the commodity dealer attacked over its accounting practices, is to cut 16 per cent of its staff and seek asset sales or new financing deals as it continues to face difficult trading conditions….


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Summer retreats count the cost of success

Hill stations of the subcontinent face the unstoppable forces of demography, writes Victor Mallet ©Dreamstime Hill stations — those summer retreats redolent of tea and biscuits, pink gins and the British empire — are in…


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Azeri journalist dies after beating

Javid Huseynov of Gabala FK – seen here playing for Azerbaijan in 2009 – waved a Turkish flag at fans of Greek Cypriot team Apollon Limassol A journalist in Azerbaijan who criticised a popular footballer…


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Italy’s upturn widens north-south divide

©AFP A picture taken from the Duomo of Milan shows buildings in the business district of Porta Nuova Vito Pertosa is bubbling with pride as he recounts how Mermec, his company based in the Puglia…


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Slaughter threatens Afghan peace talks

©Reuters A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul’s international airport on Monday, the fourth deadly attack in the Afghan capital in as many days and the latest signal from Islamist rebels that peace…


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Plant eats bee-killing Asian hornets

Nantes botanical garden found dead Asian hornets in a Sarracenia stem Bee-killing Asian hornets spreading across Europe now face a natural enemy that lures them to destruction – a carnivorous North American plant, French experts…


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'Three hurt' in Swedish Ikea attack

Three people in Sweden injured in knife attack at Ikea store in Vesteras, Swedish media report This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for…