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HMRC call handling ‘must sharpen up’

17 March 2013 Last updated at 20:57 ET Self-assessment forms are a key feature of calls to HMRC’s helpline The UK tax authority’s new target for answering calls from taxpayers is “unambitious and woefully inadequate”, according to a committee of … Continue reading

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CO2 rules ‘will save drivers cash’

17 March 2013 Last updated at 21:28 ET By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst The EC argues strict standards are essential to maintain the competitiveness of European auto makers Drivers will save £3,300 (€3,800) over the lifetime of their cars if … Continue reading

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Ministers back Heseltine on growth

17 March 2013 Last updated at 21:24 ET Lord Heseltine has looked into ways of improving the economies of English cities such as Manchester The government has announced it will accept most of former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine’s plan … Continue reading

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Press watchdog deal struck

18 March 2013 Last updated at 03:48 ET Party leaders were in talks during the weekend A deal has been struck between the three main political parties on measures to regulate the press, Labour’s Harriet Harman says. It comes after … Continue reading

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Top French lawyer’s body found near beach

A prominent French lawyer has been found dead near his private island in Brittany, a suicide letter was left at his house. Olivier Metzner, 63, was found dead about 9am on the coast of Boedic, Vannes public prosecutor’s office said on Monday. … Continue reading

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Kenya’s Kenyatta urges ICC to drop charges

Lawyers for Uhuru Kenyatta are to push the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop charges against Kenya’s president-elect after the case against Francis Muthaura, his co-accused, collapsed. The case against Kenyatta, charged with crimes against humanity over deadly violence in the wake of Kenya’s disputed and election in 2007, has been further … Continue reading

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Australia boosts aid to Myanmar

Australia has boosted its aid and eased restrictions on defence cooperation with Myanmar as Thein Sein became the country’s first head of state to visit Canberra since 1974. Canberra said it was increasing its support to recognise reforms made as … Continue reading

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UN to debate global arms treaty

Diplomats from around the world are to gather at the United Nations for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to … Continue reading

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Trustee queries severance offer for AMR chief

Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:31pm EDT (Reuters) – The trustee overseeing American Airlines’ bankruptcy has asked the carrier to justify its offer of $19.9 million in severance pay to Chief Executive Tom Horton, part of compensation linked to its merger … Continue reading

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Bank of England ready to boost recovery, McCafferty tells paper

LONDON | Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:54am EDT LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England stands ready to support a nascent recovery in the British economy, a member of its Monetary Policy Committee said in an interview published on Monday. … Continue reading

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