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Icahn says Yahoo board was 'irrational and irresponsible'

Yahoo's board members acted "irrationally" and "irresponsibly" in rejecting a $46bn bid from Microsoft, the billionaire Carl Icahn said yesterday as he launched a campaign to oust them.

Too cool for school: Britain's most eco-friendly building

The loos flush using rainwater, roofs are covered with sedum plants, the building is heated using the playground and the desks are made from drainpipes. In the "living" classroom, wearing jerseys bearing the school's part-flower, part-windmill logo, a group of nine to 11-year-olds demonstrate their field skills by looking for creepy-crawlies with magnifying glasses. Imogen, a bright-eyed nine year-old, talks to me about carpets. "They're made up of tiles," she tells me authoritively. "So that when it wears out, they can replace one or two rather than the whole carpet."

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Seeing the light: Inside Britain's first eco-school

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A proposal to move Michelangelo's most famous sculpture from its home in a Florentine gallery has provoked uproar among the art elite. Peter Popham reports

US sets aside £11m for Iraq 'success party'

What a celebration they have in mind is unclear. When the celebration will take place is also uncertain. But Republicans in Washington are so certain of the US making progress in Iraq and Afghanistan that they have set aside $20m (£11m) for a "commemoration of success".

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