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After 90 years and a long campaign, the victims of a British atrocity in a holy city are being recognised as martyrs and freedom fighters by the Indian government

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Outlook And they are off. The start of the Christmas trading update season has brought relatively good news from the high street, or at least news that was not nearly as bad as some had been forecasting. Debenhams was down "just" 3.3 per cent in the 12 weeks to 3 January while the fashion chain New Look was actually up 2.8 per cent in a similar time frame. Even Next, which resisted the trend to discount sales in the run-up to Christmas, was down by "only" 7 per cent on a like-for-like basis, which in these markets counts as almost respectable, though this was over a longer time frame and may therefore disguise double-digit falls in November and December.

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Shoppers were given conflicting messages today on the effect on UK food prices of the rain-laden summer.

Will Self: Slip slidin’away

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Tariq Ali: Musharraf will not go gentle into that golf course

Pakistan's military dictators never go quietly. Field Marshal Ayub Khan was removed by a three-month long popular insurrection in March 1969. General Yahya Khan destroyed Pakistan before he departed in 1971. General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (the worst of the lot) was blown up in his military plane together with the US Ambassador in 1988.

Alex James: Modern farmers are really just playing the stock market

Rural Notebook: Hi-tech farming to match Formula One

Farmers make hay thanks to food crisis

Profits for Britain's 30,000 grain farmers will increase by 40 per cent this year because of global food shortages, agricultural analysts said yesterday.

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If you crossed Ken Loach with Robert Guédiguian, added a pinch of wry comedy and handed it to a thoroughly committed ensemble of actors, the result would be something like Couscous.

SABMiller ups beer prices after ingredients costs soar

Add beer to milk, oil and bread. SABMiller, brewer of Peroni and Miller Lite, warned yesterday that it would pass on the rising costs of ingredients to customers through higher prices, piling pressure on consumers already struggling with hefty increases across a range of basic energy and food products.

The Investment Column: Mears will continue to put smiles on investors' faces

Greggs; Worthington Nicholls

Premier Foods renegotiates bank debt and cuts dividend as wheat prices hit profits

Premier Foods, the Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cake maker, has slashed its final dividend and renegotiated its banking facilities as it struggles with soaring wheat prices.

Business View: The world wheat crisis and a Noah's Ark of seeds

The present wheat crisis reminded me of the first time I met Professor Cary Fowler. It was over supper at one of the three restaurants on the Arctic island of Svalbard and we were debating if we dared try the whale steak. Neither of us was brave enough, choosing instead beefburger and chips. Over dinner, the professor, the world's authority on crops, explained why he had spent the past 20 years badgering governments about the need for a single safe storage place for all the seeds on the planet which give us our food.

MF Global sacks rogue wheat trader who lost group $141.5m

MF Global, the commodities broker spun off from the UK's Man Group last year, has sacked a rogue trader whose unauthorised dealing in the wheat market cost the group $141.5m.

The Investment Column: Housing crisis is bad news for Taylor Wimpey

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