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US surveillance is illegal, says Nieta

Money news: Markets caught off guard as Bank strikes early on interest rates

The Bank of England took the surprise decision to raise interest rates by a quarter point to 5.25 per cent last week - its third rate hike in six months.

US general points the finger over 'doomed' troop policy in Iraq

Ex-Nato chief, writing in the 'IoS', says sending 20,000 soldiers would be 'too little, too late' and may alienate Iraqis further

Leading article: Ho ho ho!

Poor old Santa Claus. He just can't seem to do anything right these days. In Berlin, he stands accused of National Socialist sympathies, after shoppers detected a stiff-armed salute in some miniature wooden statues on sale. Meanwhile he is lambasted by health campaigners for his long-standing advertising contract with Coca-Cola.

Letter: Clean but cold

Sir: The letters concerning the practicality of electric cars have in part argued about efficiency, a very difficult quantity to measure (letter, 25, 30 October, 2 November).

Letter: Cleaner cars

Sir: Electric vehicles should not be dismissed out of hand by Barrie Phillips and Dr Tim Dennis (letters, 25, 30 October).

Motoring: How sewage sludge will power your car

The trouble with eco-friendly motors is that they're just not sexy. After all, who wants to drive a milkfloat?

Motoring: Where there's fire without smoke

The Japanese hybrid Prius is the best option for pollution-free motoring, says James Rupper

Environment: Greener cars up to task

Tony Blair's announcement yesterday of a task force to encourage motorists to use greener, more fuel-efficient cars could be read as an acknowledgement that most people will not be persuaded to switch to public transport.

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Payback time for the motorist

Drivers of electric cars may be able to recover some of their running costs by selling surplus battery power back into the national grid when the vehicles are parked.
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