Peruvian gang ‘killed peasant farmers for their fat’

Author: By Guy Adams

The men have confessed to a total of five killings, but are suspected of
dozens more. Police believe they approached their victims on remote roads
and lured them to a hut in the jungle with talk of being able to introduce
them to a potential employer. Instead, the victims were bludgeoned to death.

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Hershey, Kraft and Ferrero court Cadbury as shares rise

Author: By David Usborne, US Editor

Some analysts argued that bringing of new players into the game at the very least pointed to a bidding war for Cadbury, which saw its shares tick up in London trading on the news, even if scepticism abounded about how Hershey and Ferrero would in practice raise the necessary financing for such a rival endeavour.

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Afghan run-off may force US hand on troops

Author: By Julius Cavendish in Kabul and David Usborne in New York

But as Barack Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told reporters that it was “certainly possible” the crucial answer on troop levels would come before the November ballot, election experts in Kabul warned too little is being done to ensure the run-off is any more credible than the first, fraud-ridden round.

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QE policy is having an impact, says Miles

Author: By Sean O’Grady, Economics Editor

The most common question being asked of bank officials is “Is QE working?” and it is a fair guess that few questions are asked as often within the Bank’s walls. Has, in other words, the £150bn so far spent on buying “assets” ? gilts plus smaller quantities of commercial paper and corporate bonds ? had much impact on the real economy? And if not, how long will we have to wait?

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Economy holds key as Germany prepares to vote with its pockets

Author: By Mary Dejevsky in Stuttgart

But the real battleground of this election ? and the one which will dictate the decision of many voters ? is the stuttering economy. Germany, with France, may be leading the eurozone out of recession, but there is pervasive scepticism that better times lie ahead.

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By 2040 you will be able to upload your brain…

Author: By Mike Hodgkinson

However, these past accomplishments, as impressive as they are, would tell
only half the Kurzweil story. The rest of his biography ? the essence of his
very existence, he would contend ? belongs to the future.

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We need our big bonuses or London will suffer, say bankers

Author: By James Thompson

At the weekend, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, said he was ready to introduce new legislation governing the way the banks pay multi-millionpound bonuses. Mr Darling said: “If we need to change the law and toughen things up. We can do that.”

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Sicilian councillors praying for ?116m jackpot

Author: By Michael Day in Milan

The lottery numbers for the 2,000-strong community will be chosen for their connection with the town’s patron saint, the Virgin Mary of the Assumption. “It is our hope that, with her blessing, we’ll hit the jackpot,” Mayor Basilio Ridolfo said.

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The blame game: Will Tory leader’s PR chief survive?

It has been, for connoisseurs of rivalry, a golden week. The Guardian’s breaking of the story about sums paid to victims who had their privacy breached by News International has set up a clash between two of Britain’s most powerful media groups. Neither presents an entirely beguiling face, either inside the industry or out. And so what we have, essentially, is a battle between a deep blue sea and some species of devilry ? the Islington Sanctimonious Front vs the Sinners’ Party, if you like. And, this weekend, there are grounds for being wary of sporting the favours of either side too enthusiastically. Aspects of the version presented by The Guardian merit scepticism, and there are certainly also now reasons to doubt the statements by News International, made at the time of the events that gave birth to all this: the trial of the News of the World’s royal reporter Clive Goodman and his electronic helpmeet, Glenn Mulcaire.

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Labour gets jitters over ‘Tory cuts’ message

Author: By Andrew Grice, Political Editor

Ministers admit the widespread impression among voters that cuts in spending will be needed to balance the nation’s books has blunted the Prime Minister’s attacks on David Cameron and his party.

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