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US mayors launch $12m campaign for gun control

Obama vowed to push for tighter gun-control laws in the wake Sandy Hook massacre

New York mayor Mike Bloomberg sees ban on sugary drinks overturned

A state judge dramatically halted New York City's ban on large sugary drinks yesterday just hours before it was due to go into effect, calling it "arbitrary and capricious".

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Tourism bosses in Chelyabinsk hope to build a 'Meteor Disneyland' in the southern Russian city

Trading super-brain racks up shock losses for clients

David Harding, the Cambridge physicist turned super-computer trader, has some explaining to do to his extremely wealthy clients after recording a rare plunge in the value of his fund.

Fears over carbon emissions after permit prices dive

The global carbon market shrank by more than a third to €61bn (£49bn) in 2012, the lowest level in its five-year history, fuelling concerns that key permit schemes designed to force down CO2 emissions are proving ineffective.

Newtown massacre: US races to stock up on weapons ahead of potential new federal ban

Rather than recoiling from the gun, Americans are emptying stores of ‘sporting rifles’ while online prices soar

China says it will seek a higher

China signals tolerance of slower growth

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Google's search for tax haven saves company £2bn in tax

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James Moore: And you thought the OBR's forecasts were meant to be right?

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Mayor Bloomberg has an eye on the FT

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire Mayor of New York, is considering whether to make a bid for the Financial Times, amid renewed speculation that the paper's owner, Pearson, will be ready to sell soon.

'The Independent on Sunday' tops awards, with seven gongs

We are delighted to announce that The Independent on Sunday has taken seven – yes, SEVEN! – titles at the European Newspaper Awards, which celebrate the very best in newspaper design. There were more than 230 entries from 25 countries, and The IoS won more awards than any other British paper.

New York-bound Bloomberg cuts TV jobs in London

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Manufacturing in China is showing growth once more

China manufacturing data signals rebound gathering pace

A Chinese manufacturing index signaled the first expansion in 13 months, adding to signs that economic growth is rebounding after a seven-quarter slowdown.

Li Keqiang, set to become China's premier

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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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