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Tough new sanctions for jobless people who refuse to accept a job were announced by Iain Duncan Smith as he promised to sweep away the "complex, outdated and wildly expensive" benefits system.

That's not all folks: movie comeback for Bugs Bunny

He first made his name as the nonchalant, fast-talking rabbit from Brooklyn, in sharp animated "shorts" of the 1940s.

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We chefs see these studies all the time about the supposed dangers or benefits of different ingredients. I don't think any of us pay too much attention to it. My rule is simple: everything in moderation, and that's definitely true with chilli, one of my favourite ingredients.

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Banks will face renewed pressure from the Government today to increase lending to hard-pressed firms after Business Secretary Vince Cable warned they were "not acting in the national interest".

Minor British Institutions: The British Giant rabbit

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Man charged with school soup poison bid

A kitchen porter was charged today with attempting to poison pupils at a top public school.

Simon Read: How to keep boiler-room crooks out in the cold

The City watchdog revealed on Wednesday that it has been given a "hit list" of 38,000 names and contact details of so-called "suckers", people who have been highlighted by boiler-room operators as likely victims. The Financial Services Authority is now in the process of contacting all the people concerned to warn them that they are being targeted.

DVD: Still Walking (PG)

From childhood recollections of sweetcorn tempura or the opening discussion of the relative merits of carrots and radishes, it's the "kitchen" in "kitchen-sink drama" that seems to appeal to director Koreeda in this sensitive character study in Japanese bereavement.

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