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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Plastic makes the Switch to cyberspace

Debit cards are set to become even more popular, says Faith Glasgow

Smartcards plan to track errant freelance doctors

FREELANCE "LOCUM" doctors could in future be required to carry smart cards with details of their employment history to prevent those with poor performance moving from job to job, under proposals published by the government yesterday.

Leading Article: Gimmicks apart, Mr Blunkett's plan to cut school truancy is sound

THE PROBLEMS of education lie at the very heart of the problems of British society. If Labour tackles those problems with any degree of success, then that alone will guarantee this Government an honoured place in the history books.

Football: Champions' League - Vialli plots to play the smart card

Alex Hayes hears the Chelsea manager plan an Italian surprise

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De La Rue to return pounds 100m to investors

SHAREHOLDERS IN UK cash-to-cards firm De La Rue, are set to scoop a pounds 100m windfall, worth 44p a share after the company announced it will sell its smart-card business to Paris-based Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire for pounds 200m in order to focus on its newly-established services business.

Which Way 99: student file: keeping in touch

friends and family are always close if you get your act together

Two cities to test road-pricing plan

CAR DRIVERS in Leeds and Edinburgh will be the guinea pigs for new trials on electronic road pricing, to be announced today.

Outlook: Blair blessing

Outlook: Blair blessing

Benefit swipe-card scheme scrapped

PLANS FOR Britain's 19 million benefit claimants to be issued with computerised swipe cards were scrapped by the Government last night after pounds 190m was spent on a project which turned into a "fiasco."

Football: Sheepshanks adopts the visionary position

The man who would be chairman is playing a shrewd political game.

Teens work to fund social life

Today's teenagers work hard to fund their social lives, with almost three-quarters spending up to 20 hours a week at work or doing household chores, according to a survey published today.

Credit cards to get chips

A NEW generation of credit and debit cards with built-in chips will replace the 100 million "black stripe" cards over the next three years, in a pounds 303m project to tackle fraud.

Dial 0898 to get live video sent down the line

THE PREMIUM-RATE telephone line is about to move into a new dimension. From next month, a change in the law will allow companies to send live video pictures direct to callers' home computers - opening up the possibility of watching sports events, checking busy traffic junctions, or even watching films over the phone.

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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
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003