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Dangerous milk

Image copyright Zeng Image caption Her parents worry about the risks facing 11-month-old Yiyi when she has baby formula “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 …

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House prices rise fastest in East Midlands

Image copyright PA House prices in the East Midlands rose at more than three times the pace of London in the past year. Property prices in the region rose by 7% in the year to October – the fastest in the UK, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The …

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Saving mums

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSehat Kahani midwife Fatima sitting at a laptop in a health clinic “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 …

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Fed heads

At every key moment in US economic history, the chair of the Federal Reserve has set the pace. Here are six of the most notable and quotable figures to have run the country’s central bank: Image copyright Alamy Marriner Eccles (in office, 1934-48) was a banker in Utah, whose testimony …

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

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Renters in Bradford get more floor space for their money than in many other major cities 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, …

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UK inflation rate rises to 3.1%

Image copyright PA Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, will now have to …

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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 …

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Carpetright shares hit as profit forecast cut

Image copyright Getty Images Floor coverings specialist Carpetright has said it expects full-year profits to be at the “bottom end” of expectations amid a “volatile and unpredictable” consumer market. Its comments came as it said profits for the six months to 28 October sank to £0.3m from £4.1m last year. …

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Westfield shopping centres bought in $25bn deal

Image copyright Getty Images The owner of Westfield shopping centres is being bought for $24.7bn in a deal which will see the malls launched across Europe. French property group Unibail-Rodamco is offering $7.55 a share for the Australian business. Westfield Corporation has shopping centres in the UK and the US …

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Parlez-vous?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLanguage app Babbel got a big boost when the makers of hit TV show Narcos suggested a tie-up. Eleven years ago, one of Thomas Holl’s closest friends, Lorenz Heine, wanted to learn Spanish. Thomas confidently assured him that there must be several …

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