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November 9 - 15 2011
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In Diana’s footsteps Duchess of Cambridge plans to visit famine-hit areas of East Africa
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‘Merchant of Death’ convicted Russian faces life in jail after being found guilty of £3m arms deal
The first pin-up girls An exhibition focuses on the racy exploits of Restoration actresses
‘Wikipedia can topple tyrants’ The founder of the web resource sees exciting times ahead
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There were four winners of Saturday’s £10m jackpot and two winners of Wednesday’s £2.4m prize
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points” off the size of Britain’s economy.
The Italian government has agreed to allow the IMF to monitor its plans to cut spending, and experts believe that Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister, will seek IMF funding before the end of the year. He turned down the offer of IMF funds last Friday.
Mr Cameron said contingency planning was under way for the possible ejection of Greece from the single currency.
“If Greece wants to leave the eurozone, there would be bad effects that would be felt across Europe, including in the United Kingdom,” he said.
French and German leaders last week sought to intervene in Greece’s political affairs, marking a constitutional shift in the relationship between EU leaders and independent nation states.
They were accused of staging an effective coup d’état as George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, narrowly survived a confidence vote in the country’s parliament by 153 votes to 145. He promised to begin talks with the opposition to establish a power-sharing government to implement the eurozone bail-out.
Last month, the eurozone countries agreed to establish
Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is fighting for his political life because of the eurozone crisis, but still managed to smile for the cameras behind Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, at the G20 summit in Cannes
a €1trillion facility to loan money to beleaguered countries such as Italy and Spain. It was also agreed to allow Greece to write off up to half its debts. European leaders had hoped that wealthy countries, including China and Russia, and Middle Eastern nations would contribute to the European Financial Stability Facility.
However, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, disclosed last week that the proposal was struggling. “There really are hardly any countries here that said they will join up,” she said.
It was hoped that a proposal to increase IMF funding would reassure the financial markets and allow direct intervention in beleaguered countries if necessary. However, the final communiqué issued by the leaders made only a vague pledge that they “stand ready to ensure additional resources could be mobilised in a timely manner”.
Amid Conservative backbench anger over the possibility of British taxpayers’ money being used to prop up a eurozone country via the IMF, the Prime Minister indicated that any increase would be relatively modest — and within the parameters of IMF financing already agreed by Parliament.
It is understood that Mr Obama blocked the prospect of an increase in IMF funding without a full eurozone bailout package being in place.
The American and British governments have indicated that the European Central Bank should do more to help prop up troubled countries in the single currency.
The failure to agree a meaningful rescue package emerged at the end of one of the most acrimonious G20 summits ever held. Finance ministers are expected to meet early next month to continue negotiations.
Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, said Mr Cameron bore some of the blame for the summit’s failure. “What we have had is a Prime Minister who has sat on the sidelines and not shown the leadership that Britain needs,” he said.
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By Philip Aldrick in Cannes BRITAIN and the US scored a small victory in their battle to avert damaging “currency wars” by securing an agreement from China to let the yuan start rising in value.
Beijing has come under fierce attack from Western powers for keeping its exchange rate artificially low by pegging it to the dollar.
The cheap yuan has underpinned the success of China’s export industry, but at the same time has made US and UK goods uncompetitive, killing off companies and costing jobs.
The deal was struck by world leaders at the G20 summit in Cannes. The communiqué, released following the talks, said member nations have agreed to move “more rapidly towards more marketdetermined exchange rate systems”.
In an early draft, China was named – although it was eventually removed from the final document.
David Cameron said: “China has determined to increase exchange rate flexibility. That is real progress.” He also welcomed recent changes to Russia’s currency regime.
The G20 pledged to “refrain from competitive devaluation of currencies” and committed to “roll back any new protectionist measures that may have risen, including new export restrictions”.
The United States had been threatening to impose tariffs against China.
By Murray Wardrop THE head of the UK Border Force has been suspended amid claims that vetting procedures to stop terrorists and foreign criminals entering Britain were secretly abandoned this summer.
Brodie Clark is being investigated, along with two other senior officials, over claims that he authorised the stopping of specific checks at major transit points including Heathrow and Calais.
It is feared that hundreds of thousands of foreigners might have entered the country over the past four months without having their passports scrutinised.
Border guards at airports and ports were ordered not to bother checking biometric chips on the passports of citizens from outside the European Union, it is claimed.
Staff at the UK Border Force, which is part of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), were also allegedly instructed not to compare fingerprints or other personal details against the Home Office’s database of terrorist suspects and illegal immigrants.
It is understood the decisions were taken without the knowledge of ministers and were designed to cut down queues to avoid complaints by tourists during the peak holiday season.
Graeme Kyle, director of the UKBA at Heathrow, and Carole Upshall, director of the Border Force South and European Operation, have also been suspended on the orders of Theresa May, the Home Secretary.
The Home Office said last Friday that it had begun an investigation but it refused to comment on the allegations. “Head of UKBA Border Force Brodie Clark has been suspended,” it simply said in a statement.
The disclosure raises the prospect that criminals banned from Britain might have managed to sneak into the country between July and the beginning of this month, while vetting procedures were relaxed.
The news emerged a day after the home affairs select committee criticised the UKBA for failing to deport foreign prisoners from Britain.
Keith Vaz, the chairman of committee, described the suspensions as “extraordinary” and said he would be questioning the Home Secretary.