Asthma in young linked to work

FARMERS AND farm workers are more than twice as likely to have asthma than office staff, raising concerns that the countryside can be more damaging to health than the inner cities.

Education is a global priority; Podium

Oxfam's senior policy adviser, addressing an Oxfam/Co-operative Society meeting

Sociological Notes: Neighbourhood murders in Maine

ANOTHER SCHOOL massacre. And once again America agonises over the place to lay blame: violence in movies and television shows, violence in video games, the godlessness of popular music, dangerous information on the Internet. Given the fact that the United States boasts 12 times more handgun deaths than all other industrial nations combined, I think it's reasonable to suggest that we Americans are simply a violent people. And we have too many guns.

G7 pushes for private sector help in crises

FINANCE MINISTERS of the Group of Seven industrial countries will agree plans at their meeting in Washington on Monday to make private lenders share the burden of tackling future international financial crises.

Trade deficit highest for a decade

THE UK'S TRADE DEFICIT has reached its highest level for almost a decade, according to official figures out yesterday, dragging down economic growth to its lowest level for six years.

OECD warns on growth

ANOTHER stock market tumble on the scale of the world-wide slide in August and September could knock 0.75 percentage point or more off annual growth in industrialised countries, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said yesterday.

Lesbian love that inflames hatred

`If women's physical needs get fulfilled like this, marriage and society will collapse,' said one critic

G7 ministers to meet in February

FINANCE MINISTERS and central bankers from the Group of Seven leading industrial countries will meet in Bonn on 20 February, it was announced yesterday.

Obituary: Jacques Medecin

JACQUES MEDECIN, the disgraced former mayor of Nice who has died in exile in Uruguay at the age of 70, was a lovable rogue. Lovable to some, at any rate. To others, he was a crook, an embezzler, a womaniser, a fantasist and a racist.

Podium: The poor need a cleaner future

From a speech by the UN development director to the Buenos Aires world climate conference

Pre-Budget Statement Enterprise: Brown's 'prudence with a purpose'Help for watchdog to tackle cartels

A FRESH emphasis on cartel busting by the Office of Fair Trading was signalled by the Chancellor yesterday as part of the Government's attempt to create a more dynamic business culture.

IMF to open up its books

THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund has agreed to start making its own financial affairs public as part of a shift towards greater transparency.

Leading Article: So, what will we do about global warming?

YESTERDAY, WE reported that the danger of rising sea levels from the melting of Antarctica may be greater than previously thought. A four- year research programme to measure the thickness of the ice sheet suggests that the loss of land to the sea in the next century is likely to be greater than so far forecast.

Letter: Delay over CFCs

Sir: While this year's ozone hole looks set to be the biggest ever (report, 30 September), CFC phase-out is being unnecessarily delayed. This is not only because of problems with the regulatory process but also because of a sustained campaign to damage the market for their replacements being led by minority pressure groups and companies whose products they endorse.

Fitch attacks G7

FITCH IBCA, the credit rating agency, has warned that the "apparent lack of policy response" of the G7 leading industrial nations could jeopardise world growth.
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