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There is probably no organisation on earth that would come up smelling only of roses if its underbelly were picked over as exhaustively as the BBC's editorial processes have been in the wake of the Jimmy Savile affair.

Almost 250 claims have been settled by News International

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News International settles hacking claims with officials close to Blair government

Spain jobless total borders on five million

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Greek rioters threaten minister as they storm his office

Protesters have forced their way into a government building in Athens and threatened a minister, as riot police intervened with batons, pepper spray and tear gas to expel them.

Labour MP Michael Meacher opened the debate on ATOS, stating that 1,300 people had died after being placed in the “work-related activity group”

Atos told incontinent woman to 'wear nappy': Firm condemned by MPs for pressuring sick and disabled into returning to work

Thousands of sick or disabled people have died after undergoing assessments to find out whether they were fit to work, the House of Commons was told today.

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US jobs defy blow from hurricane

The American labour market improved in November, defying expectations of a pullback in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with the economy adding 176,000 non-farm jobs last month.

World stocks rise after positive US jobs figures

Global stock markets mostly rose after a forecast-busting US jobs report today offset gloomier data showing consumer confidence in the world's largest economy had slumped.

US growth rate revised up to 2.7%

The Commerce Department said today that growth in the third quarter was significantly better than the 2 percent rate estimated a month ago

Greek protesters attack German consul

Dozens of anti-austerity protesters clashed with police yesterday after breaking into a conference centre in northern Greece to demonstrate against the presence of a German government official.

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