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Job prospects 'will improve' under new economic action plan

A new economic action plan for Wales over the next decade has been unveiled.It includes simplifying financial support for business, a reduced number of priority sectors and a regional approach to economic development.But firms wanting grants will have to commit to reducing their carbon footprint and prove they employ …

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Former Facebook exec's 'guilt' over site's creation

A former Facebook executive says he feels “tremendous guilt” over the creation of the social networking site. Speaking at a Stanford Graduate School of Business event, Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice president for user growth, said “we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society …

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Granny dam-builder

Media playback is unsupported on your device It is easy to underestimate Amla Ruia.But at 71, this mild-mannered Mumbai matriarch is one of the most prolific dam builders in the world, and at the forefront of India’s fight against drought. Each year more than 300 million people in India …

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Care for all

Media playback is unsupported on your device Buying food for the whole family or paying for a doctor to see one child? Paying for your children to use a toilet facility or buying much needed medicines for yourself? These are some of the choices facing mothers living in Kenya’s …

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Renting a home: How much space will £100 buy you?

Spending £100 a month on rent in London secures floor space equivalent to a small garden shed, compared with nearly five times that in parts of northern England, new research shows.Data released to BBC News shows cheaper properties to rent in the capital “simply don’t exist”, letting agents said.Agents …

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Major Forties oil pipeline to be closed for repairs

One of the UK’s most important oil pipelines is being closed after a crack was discovered in Aberdeenshire.The Forties pipeline carries crude North Sea oil across land for processing at Grangemouth.The crack was discovered last week at Red Moss near Netherley.The pipeline’s owner Ineos said on Monday that, despite …

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