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Sociological Notes: Neighbourhood murders in Maine

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G7 pushes for private sector help in crises

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Trade deficit highest for a decade

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OECD warns on growth

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Lesbian love that inflames hatred

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G7 ministers to meet in February

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Podium: The poor need a cleaner future

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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?

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Letter: Delay over CFCs

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Fitch attacks G7

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