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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Clare Short quits the Labour whip, citing Blair's deceit

Clare Short angrily resigned yesterday as a Labour MP, condemning Tony Blair for "half truths and deceits" over the war on Iraq and accusing his Government of being "arrogant" and "error-prone".

Rushdie: veils limit power of women

Salman Rushdie has enraged fellow Muslims by saying veils "suck" and condemning them as a means of subjugating women.

Soldiers to get £1,300 'bounty' for recruiting friends

Soldiers are being paid a "bounty" of £1,300 to persuade friends to join the Army because officers believe the conflict in Iraq is making parents turn their children away from the forces.

Blair overstated cost of pension compensation scheme fivefold

Thousands of workers who lost their life savings when their employers went bust, gained new hope of receiving full compensation yesterday as the Government conceded the cost of restoring their pensions in full would be, at most, £3.7bn - not the £15bn which the Prime Minister stated in March.

Liz Taylor: Do I look like I'm dying?

Elizabeth Taylor has responded to reports that she was gravely ill and suffering from Alzheimer's disease by asking: "Do I look like I'm dying?"

Scottish & Southern moves into cleaner coal to take on rivals

Scottish & Southern Energy, Britain's third-biggest energy supplier, is expanding into cleaner coal and also launching a new gas boiler installation and maintenance service today to take on its bigger rival Centrica, the owner of British Gas. The company also reiterated yesterday that it would freeze prices at current levels until at least the start of next year, after raising them last month.

Joan Smith: We still need an ethical foreign policy

Robin embarked on a new policy of intervention where civilians were threatened

LETTER: Rush to deport desperate people

Sir: Joanna Vallely's emotional response to the plight of west African refugees struggling to reach Europe (letter, 10 February), is understandable; but blaming Britain for propping up dictators and ruining African economies is a distortion.

African diamond firm plans £100m float

Sierra Leone's emergence from a decade of civil war has led a diamond company that owns mining licences for half the country to seek a £100m flotation in London.

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