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It was a face-saving agreement for politicians. Now 160 million voters must pay for it

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Thousands of clients at the failed broker MF Global could finally get their money back after administrators settled a long-running legal dispute.

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Court blocks bid to gain details of UK's involvement in US drone strikes

A legal attempt to expose the UK’s involvement in American drone attacks has been blocked by the High Court.

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The High Court has blocked a legal challenge over accusations that the UK Government is unlawfully assisting US drone attacks by passing on information to the CIA.

The Republican Speaker has offered tax rate rises for the rich

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Republican Speaker and White House offer concessions as deadline for automatic cuts nears

Amazon has now a self-service delivery lockers

Amazon locks and loads so you can pick up and go

Amazon.co.uk is coming to a convenience store near you. The online retail giant has been rolling out its self-service delivery lockers across Britain's supermarkets, train stations and newsagents since last September.

MoD supply reform hits problems

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Swimming: Plymouth's teen star adds world title to Olympic gold

Ruta Meilutyte now has a world title to go with the Olympic gold medal already stored in her locker at Plymouth College – and both secured at the age of 15. Tonight, the Lithuanian won the 50m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Istanbul to cap a staggering year.

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Tom Watson named as US Ryder Cup captain

Watson is the oldest Ryder Cup captain in history

Asos says US sales are set to overhaul UK

The chief executive of online fashion retailer Asos has boasted that its US sales will outstrip the UK over the next three years after sales there boomed in its first quarter.

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