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A durable Hollywood figure, the producer Mort Abrahams possessed both an instinct for mainstream success in film and television and a penchant for bringing stage plays to a wider audience. He is assured of a toehold in popular culture, through having helped to the original Planet of the Apes (1968) reach the screen.

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Business Diary: 03/08/2009

Foxton's boss calls the end of the downturn

Here's the best buy signal we've seen yet for the housing market. Jon Hunt, the founder of the estate agency Foxton's, reckons the slump is over and that prices have fallen to levels where good opportunities now exist. Mr Hunt famously sold Foxton's at the top of the market and was rumoured to be considering buying back in after it plunged in value. A man to follow then.

US and India agree nuclear defence pact

The United States and India today said they had agreed on a defence pact that takes a major step towards allowing the sale of sophisticated US arms to the South Asian nation as it modernises its military.

Confusion reigns over troubled Gatwick sale

The Gatwick sale descended into farce yesterday as airport-owner BAA denied claims that the two remaining bidders had pulled out of the £1.5bn race.

Fact file: the Airbus A330-200

The Air France passenger plane that has gone missing with 228 people on board on its way from Brazil to Paris is a four-year-old Airbus A330-200 wide-body jet.

Taking pollution to market: America looks to make real climate change progress

The US is preparing to adopt a cap and trade system to limit carbon emissions and hopes to avoid the pitfalls that the EU encountered. Stephen Foley reports

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Gulf states gear up for life after fossil fuels

A striking example of the Gulf states' efforts to secure a long-term economic future beyond the oil age is to be established today. Alongside the development of aviation hubs, financial services and free-trade zones, states in the region are also concentrating on becoming international centres of hi-tech research and development, based on the Western model of the science park. So some of the world's largest transnational corporations including Shell, Microsoft and General Electric (GE) are in Doha today for the formal opening of the science park Qatar hopes will secure its place as a world centre of research.

O'Reilly to step down from Independent News & Media helm

Gavin O'Reilly appointed as new INM chief executive

The light dims at General Electric

Once the world's largest company, GE's disastrous exposure to the banking crisis is now a major threat to its future. Stephen Foley reports

Warren Buffet: The secret of the billionaire's success

Stocks plunge, banks implode, currencies teeter...Amid the wreckage of the world financial system, only one man stands tall. So what's Warren Buffett's secret? Sally Ann Lasson finds the answer in his incredible life story

Save your own skin. Will free trade yield to bunker politics?

Wildcat strikes over 'British jobs for British workers', 'Buy American' slogans, EU hints of tit-for-tat. Is protectionism back, ask Mark Leftly and Simon Evans

Fantastic voyage: new-generation imaging heralds revolution in medical treatment

From a cluster of Chiltern villages, GE Healthcare is leading the way in detecting and treating diseases.
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