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Man loses appeal over 'menacing' airport Tweet

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David Prosser: Plenty more headroom on taxing the banks

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Screen talk: Paradise regained

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Stephen Foley: Tarp turned out to be Robin Hood after all

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Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi for BBC

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Now the EC backs a 'Fat' tax on banks

Europe has thrown its weight behind a tax on banking activities that officials say could raise €25bn (£22bn).

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