News The seven private investigators pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully obtain personal data at Isleworth Crown Court

Confidential information from top firms illegally accessed

Prescott fears European funding inquiry could undermine revival of brownfield sites

JOHN PRESCOTT, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, is in danger of losing a battle with the European Commission that could cost Britain pounds 300m of EU aid to revive run-down areas.

Glass-making furnace opens a window on to the past

THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS knew there were relics of the glass-making history of St Helens to be found when they began digging beneath a cone- shaped building that was once the hub of the town's industry. But they did not foresee the discovery of the remains of what is possibly the oldest glass-making furnace in the world.

Network: The Indy's going mobile

Soon you'll be able to read this paper on your phone, thanks to WAP, a new Internet language being developed by Vodafone and Independent News and Media. David Felton addresses the big questions

fast forward: Speechless? You will be

Access the Internet, send e-mails, watch video, you can even make calls with the next generation of mobile phones

Brits buy German rivals

UK FIRMS went on a shopping spree for German rivals yesterday, splashing a total of more than pounds 148m. In the largest of three deals unveiled yesterday, Morgan Crucible the UK maker of industrial materials, agreed to buy Siemens' magnetic components unit in a deal worth DM380m (pounds 125m) in cash and assumed debt.

BNFL poised to buy nuclear division of ABB

BRITISH NUCLEAR FUELS, the state-owned reprocessing company, is poised to buy the nuclear division of ABB, the Swedish-Swiss engineering giant, in one of several deals which are set to transform the industry.

BNFL vows to go ahead with privatisation

BRITISH NUCLEAR Fuels, the state-owned reprocessing company, maintained yesterday that it was on course for partial privatisation, despite the controversy over faked safety records at its Sellafield plant and a sharp increase in operating losses last year.

Fast Forward: Dazzling displays

Smoother graphics, 3-D animation - the latest visual display panels will do anything to grab your attention

Investment Column: Torex

Torex

Computers `put coastguard at risk'

EXTRA STAFF will deployed by the Coastguard Service for next month's solar eclipse, after repeated "teething problems" in getting its computer system ready for 2000.

Whitehall's IT Fiascos

THE STUDENT Loans computer debacle is only the latest in a long line of government troubles with information technology. The Treasury has to be persuaded to make sufficient initial investment, and decision cycles in government take so long technology has usually changed by the time the project is complete, so systems are outdated and millions of pounds over budget. Recent computer fiascoes include:

Crisis will continue until autumn, Straw admits

THE PASSPORT crisis could last until September, the Home Secretary admitted in the Commons yesterday.

Computer delay latest in a series of fiascos

THE CHAOTIC scenes outside the Passport Agency's offices are the disastrous results of the Labour Government's first attempt at a private finance initiative.

Siemens and Woodrow link up in Tube bid

THE CONSTRUCTION group Taylor Woodrow has teamed up with Siemens of Germany to bid for the pounds 7bn partial privatisation of London Underground.

Fujistu in European venture

SIEMENS AND Fujitsu of Japan yesterday merged their European computer operations to create the fifth biggest computer manufacturing company in the world.
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn