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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families can only claim benefits for their first two children Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government’s two-child limit on some benefits. Lawyers representing three families had argued that the policy was incompatible with human rights law. But a judge has…

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Today SmugMug, the leading photo management and sharing platform, announced the acquisition of Flickr, the online photo management and sharing application. This acquisition will create the most influential photography community in the world. For 15 years SmugMug has focused on helping the photographer and supporting their craft, with a business…

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Image copyright Reuters Sometimes it seems there’s nothing but doom and gloom on the UK’s High Streets. This week we heard profits were down at Debenhams and a big deal between shopping centre owners Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring, and Intu fell through. New store openings are at their lowest…

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Image copyright NFU Image caption Dairy farmer Michael Oakes while the straw was still available for bedding “You almost need a Securicor escort to move a load of straw up the motorway these days,” says farmer Michael Oakes. His dairy farm, in Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, has suffered much from this…

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Image copyright Getty Images Wells Fargo has been fined a record $1bn by two US regulators to resolve investigations into car insurance and mortgage lending breaches. The penalties have been imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The fine follows a…

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Image copyright AFP Donald Trump has criticised the Opec oil producers’ group, saying crude prices are “artificially very high”. In a tweet, the US President said this was “no good” and “would not be accepted”. The main crude oil benchmark prices, Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI), fell around 1%…

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Hundreds of thousands of the poorest families in Britain are going without basic necessities, according to two separate surveys. Citizens Advice said as many as 140,000 households are going without power, as they cannot afford to top up their prepayment meters. And the Living Wage Foundation – which campaigns for…

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Image copyright Google Image caption Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made national headlines over claims it was charging children for water A school criticised on social media for charging for plastic cups on the hottest day of the year has denied claims children had to pay for water….

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Image copyright Reuters A bidding war for Shire is threatening to break out after Botox maker Allergan said it was considering a takeover offer for the rare diseases drug maker. Shares in the London-listed firm jumped 9% after Reuters had reported Allergan’s interest. Earlier on Thursday, Japan’s Takeda said it…

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