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Caffè Nero bypasses the taxman again

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Cal Crutchlow signs up for Ducati in MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow has secured a factory ride for the first time after signing a two-year deal with Ducati.

Prime Minister David Cameron warned not to exclude poor countries from G8 plan for tax crackdown

David Cameron has been warned that his plan to crack down on tax avoidance at next week’s G8 summit will benefit the world’s richest nations but could “freeze out” the poorest countries.

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Isle of Man TT: Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita killed

A Japanese rider, Yoshinari Matsushita, has been killed during qualifying at the Isle of Man TT races, event organisers have said.

Airline Flybe quits London's Gatwick Airport

The carrier currently runs about 340 domestice flights a week from the airport

Mark Cavendish (left) tries to keep up in the points leader’s red jersey yesterday

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Mark Cavendish's chances of holding on to the red jersey as points leader in the Giro d'Italia received a setback when late on the 28-year-old sprinter was dropped on a short but painfully steep climb and lost any chance of gaining points in any bunch sprint finale.

Kira Izzard and Laura Cull have been together for four years

Legislation to outlaw homophobic discrimination in Isle of Man to be accelerated after lesbian couple prevented from
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Mile-long zip wire opens in North Wales offering thrill-seekers an 80mph ride 700ft above the ground

A mile-long zip wire in Penrhyn Quarry, North Wales has opened to the public this week, making it the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere.

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British rider claims Golden Jersey

German in exile: Kurt Schwitters created En Morn in 1947, the year before his death in Ambleside

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