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Killer whales experience menopause – just like humans

Just like humans, killer whales experience menopause – and the rare evolutionary trait improves their offspring's chances of survival, according to experts.<p>Killer whales are one of only three species able to continue living long after they have stopped reproducing. This allows mothers to spend the …

British Gas raises energy prices by 9.2%

British Gas will raise energy prices by an average of 9.2% next month, piling further financial pressure on 7.8 million households and reigniting the political row over soaring gas and electricity prices.<p>Parent company Centrica became the second of the big six energy firms to announce a price rise …

Foetus found in teenage girl's bag after New York shop security search

A New York security guard on the lookout for shoplifters discovered what appeared to be a foetus in the bag of a teenage girl, police said.<p>The guard searched two girls, both 17, as they left a Manhattan lingerie shop on Thursday afternoon.<p>One was taken to hospital and the other was being questioned …

French MP clucking at woman in parliament sparks anger over sexism

It's raining machismo in France. Chucking it down, in fact.<p>From parliament to local councils, via national media and regional newspapers, storms have erupted as French men indulge in misogynist outbursts that could have come from the cave age.<p>Now, thanks to the name-and-shame tactics of social …

Spending cuts don't help America grow. A shutdown certainly doesn't

The showdown in Congress reveals how ill-prepared many American legislators are to deal with a global economic crisis<p>It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. In 2007 the International Monetary Fund was facing a financial crisis of its own. The IMF makes money by borrowing and lending, taking a …

London will soon become home to only the very rich and the poor

I wonder what a passerby would have made of us as we stood on the pavement last Saturday waiting for the unveiling. We were a smallish crowd, maybe 15 in all, with grey predominating in hair and beards. A gold chain shone around the mayor's shoulders; our councillor spoke briskly; the old and …

Malaysia: downsizing the civil service would risk upsetting voters

Malaysia: PM won't risk downsizing bloated civil service<p>Although Malaysia faces a possible credit rating downgrade prime minister Najib Razak will take care not to upset the country's majority ethnic group – Malays – by downsizing the civil service when he presents the annual budget this …

London film festival: Pawel Pawlikowski wins best film for Ida

British-based director Pawel Pawlikowski's latest film, <i>Ida</i>, took the top prize at the close of the London film festival on Saturday night.<p>The <i>Observer's</i> former film critic Philip French announced the Best Film award, saying: "The jury greatly admired <i>Ida</i>, the first film made in his native Poland by a …