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Too soon, too simple?

peterrhodes

Blogger of the Year PETER RHODES on the solving of the Alps air disaster, strange allies in the Middle East and insults in sign language.

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General Election

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100 word manifestos - Sandwell

NORTH 02 POLL 2

Every candidate standing for Parliament in Warley, West Bromwich East and West Bromwich West has been invited to give us their 100-word manifestos.

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Kia’s new Sorento has added class

Kia Sorento

Kia’s march toward the quality end of everyday motoring continues in the handsome shape of a new flagship to the range, the seven-seat Sorento.

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Balls to vow help for small firms

Ed Balls will promise smaller firms they will be first in line for future tax cuts

Labour will reverse a planned cut in corporation tax to pay for a reduction in business rates for small businesses, Ed Balls will pledge.

US stocks gain on encouraging data

A Wall Street rally nudged the Dow Jones industrial average back into positive territory for the year (AP)

Encouraging US economic data and a batch of corporate deals put Wall Street investors in a buying mood yesterday, sending stocks sharply higher.

Better energy efficiency demanded

Charities have urged the next government to improve energy efficiency in UK homes

A watchdog has called on the next government to immediately commit to an aggressive energy efficiency strategy, saying millions of UK homes continue to "leak cash" every winter.

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