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Readers' tipping nightmares and fairytales

<b>To tip or not to tip... or should it be banned? That was the question posed in a recent story on the changing nature of tipping in the US, and it prompted many readers to send us their own stories.</b><p>The article mentioned the difficulties experienced by some foreigners in the US but it's clear that …

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French mother caught sitting teenage daughter's exam

A 52-year-old Frenchwoman has been caught sitting a crucial pre-university English examination in Paris in her 19-year-old daughter's place.<p>Dressed in "elaborate make up", low-waisted jeans and Converse shoes, the mother made the brazen attempt at cheating this week to help her daughter secure her …

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Question Time who said it: Russell Brand or Boris Johnson?

One of them is a wild-haired wordsmith known for his sexual conquests. The other is Russell Brand. Both are going head to head on Question …

Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, announced on June 12th that his government would make it mandatory for resource companies to disclose payments to governments, both domestic and foreign. But between Mr Harper's announcement and the implementation of the new rule lies a long path littered with obstacles that will certainly delay, if not block, the intended result http://econ.st/11lbhwR

Summer of the snoop

GOOGLE'S plans for a balloon-powered internet, the seasonal nature of cyber-attacks and America's Supreme Court ruling on patenting human genes<p>Latest …

In China, where a rising middle class flaunts wealth by displaying ivory at home, traders call elephant tusks "white gold". But elephants, tigers, rhinos and other "charismatic megafauna" are not the only animals in trouble. Rising wealth in South-East Asia drives demand for pet tortoises, like ivory they are considered status symbols http://econ.st/12N4U6Z

Paper gold

JUSTIN Yifu Lin was the chief economist of the World Bank from 2008 to 2012, the first appointee to that post from the developing world, and thus …