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Europe has held back the GM crops revolution too long

This is a chance to make British farming globally competitive There is little point in leaving the European Union if we do not take the opportunity to escape some of its worst prohibitions. Top of the list is its opposition to genetically modified crops, as the farming minister George Eustice hinted to

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Our Middle East carve-up is no cause for shame

The Balfour declaration and other milestones in our imperial history show how hard we tried to do the right thing Boris Johnson is more a historian than a diplomat. Indeed there are few politicians less diplomatic, and few more inclined to reach for a historical reference. The new foreign secretary has written

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AllSaints goes marching on across American frontier

North America, the graveyard for many a British retailer and fashion brand, has proved to be a happy hunting ground for AllSaints. Sales and profits at the hip fashion chain have surged. This week it will report that its earnings are up 18 per cent at £28.5 million in the year to

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Clash of the titans

A new direct flight to Utah has put the ski giant Park City in direct competition with big hitters Vail and Whistler. Which offers the best holiday on the slopes? It’s been a long time coming, but you can now take a direct flight from the UK to the ski resorts of

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South America’s women rise up in anger at rape and murder of girl, 16

Tens of thousands of Argentinians have held street protests against rising violence towards women in response to the murder of a 16-year-old girl who was drugged, raped and impaled on a stake. Many of the protesters who took part in marches throughout South America were schoolchildren and mothers, shocked by the case

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Ryan flies back to market via South America

Irelandia seeks equity partner to drive airline expansion ahead of flotation, writes Brian Carey On his sparsely populated LinkedIn page, Declan Ryan, or “dec ryan” as he is listed, gives a rather curt current job description. “I go around the place/world looking for good people for Irelandia & our LCCs,” states the

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Horsemeat scandal prompts launch of food crime hotline

A hotline has been launched to help combat a multimillion-pound food crime problem in the wake of the horse meat scandal. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has teamed up with the charity Crimestoppers to create the free Scottish Food Crime Hotline. Food crime is the deliberate manipulation, substitution, mislabelling or fraud in relation

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Earthly delights: the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants

Meat-free menu choices have moved on — a lot. Sophie Haydock selects the 30 places serving the best vegetarian and vegan fare in the UK Pleasure is at the heart of eating, a principle that’s no less true for vegetarians. Being presented with a menu featuring only a couple of bland, palette-numbing

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When it comes to mental health, some people still aren’t getting it

Early intervention in mental health treatment works. It works before a patient gets too poorly; it works because early intervention practices are cheaper and therefore more accessible; and it works because it happens when a person has insight into their condition and can implement therapies and coping mechanisms more effectively. So when

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Give cash to social services and not the NHS, says health chief

Britain must stop “fetishising” the NHS budget and give more taxpayers’ money to councils, one of the health service’s leaders has said. The political mantra of protecting the NHS is damaging the health service because hospitals are used as an expensive way to look after the elderly, Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the