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Biofuel plant shuts down on Govt 'inaction'

The country’s largest producer of bioethanol has suspended production and blamed the Government, raising fears for its future. Vivergo Fuels, bought from BP two years ago by Primark parent firm Associated British Foods, said a collapse in profit margins meant it had taken its £350m plant in Hull offline …

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Facebook chief warns of harassment 'backlash'

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has warned of a “backlash” against women in the workplace following recent high-profile sexual harassment scandals. In a revealing Facebook post, the businesswoman said she had already heard “rumblings” that male business bosses were becoming reluctant to take on women over fears their …

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Saving mums

Media playback is unsupported on your device “I am actually nine months pregnant and it is a little tricky for me to travel,” says midwife Fatima as she carefully makes her way down some steep stone steps to the door of her clinic.”But I come here for the sake …

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Dangerous milk

“I have strong concerns over infant formula,” admits Zeng, mother of 11-month-old Yiyi. She is worried about the health risks her daughter faces from fake baby milk. Her concerns illustrate the human aspect of a lucrative global scandal which has seen millions of dollars-worth of different dodgy products hit …

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Peace diamond: Precious stone fetches $6.5m in New York

Media playback is unsupported on your device A giant 709-carat diamond unearthed in Sierra Leone has sold at auction in New York for $6.5m (£4.8m).Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, won the precious stone – nicknamed the “peace diamond” – in bidding on Monday.Half of the proceeds, $3.8m, will …

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Will it be a slam dunk for the US sports betting ban?

A ban on sports betting in most US states could be overturned by a case being considered by the Supreme Court.The state of New Jersey is challenging the 1992 federal law that largely outlawed sports gambling, describing the matter as a “states’ rights” issue.The case, which began on Monday, …

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