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Letter: Anglo-Saxon world

Sir: I do wish Hamish McRae and everyone else would stop using the tendentious, racist and meaningless term "Anglo-Saxon" to describe an allegedly distinct species of country ("Why Anglo-Saxon nations have the fastest-growing economies", 3 September). I mean: Ireland? Singapore?

Sperm count linked to stress

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Rugby League: Record gate expected as Bulls seek rousing finale

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School trouser ban goes to law

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Fiasco as officials abort bid to prove BSE `wonder test'

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