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Switzerland has suspended all arms exports to the United Arab Emirates following reports that Swiss-manufactured hand grenades - intended solely for shipment to the Gulf state - had shown up in Syria.

Waitrose's star rises in Japan

Waitrose has seen exports to Japan soar by a third so far this year, boosted by a rise in interest in British foods around the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics.

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The bloody upheavals of the Arab Spring have handed a great boost to al-Qa'ida, providing it with fertile ground to reorganise and opportunities for British extremists to undergo terrorist training for attacks at home and abroad, the head of MI5 has warned.

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Depending on your republican leanings, it could be argued that the British Monarchy represents both the best and worst of the country. So perhaps it's fitting that although the Prince of Wales was recently named as one of GQ's best-dressed men, he has featured on worst-dressed lists. But that hasn't stopped his odd ascent to the top of British fashion.

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Australia's mining boom has made many fortunes, but some small towns are asking if the price is too high. Kathy Marks reports from Acland, Queensland

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The UK manufacturing sector took a sudden and sharp turn for the worse today after new figures revealed a shock contraction in production.

Small talk: Now is the time for Britain's small businesses to be brave

Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises have much to worry about as the European sovereign debt crisis spirals out of control once more. When the banks shut up shop again in a full-blown repeat of the first credit crunch – as they surely will if Greece walks – you can bet it will be SMEs that are starved of debt first, whatever financiers say in public.

Hamish McRae: Germany reaps the rewards for good behaviour

Virtue has been duly rewarded. That, at least, would seem to be the immediate conclusion to be drawn from the divergent paths taken by the German economy and that of much of the rest of the eurozone, notably Italy. Germany, which has clamped down on wages, brought in sweeping labour-market reforms, cut its budget deficit, and boosted exports, has grown by 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Italy, which has done none of those things, shrank by 0.8 per cent. France, which under Nicolas Sarkozy had followed a more or less middle course, had a middling experience: a flat quarter.

German economy grows by a stronger-than-expected 0.5%

Germany's economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 0.5% in the first three months of the year despite Europe's debt crisis.

Three in court after terror swoop

Three men appeared in court today charged following a counter-terrorism investigation into a network suspected of smuggling a banned stimulant drug from Britain to America.

Manufacturing hit by Eurozone financial crisis

The UK's recovery hopes were dealt a blow today as problems in the crisis-hit eurozone - the UK's biggest trade partner - hit the manufacturing sector.

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