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Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%

In the United States, the share of total pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% has more than doubled, from less than 10% in the 1970s to over 20% today (pdf). A similar pattern is true of other English-speaking countries. Contrary to the widely-held view, however, globalisation and new technologies …

US Marines are up in arms over a newly proposed unisex cap which they claim looks too "French" and "girlie" More here:

Berlusconi causes another stir in Italy by renaming his party Forza Italia

Former premier Silvio Berlusconi caused another stir in Italian politics on Friday. His People for Freedom Party (PDL) voted to change it’s name back to Forza Italia (GO ITALY).<p>Berlusconi said the revamped party would support the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta, just like the PDL did.<p>The …

Saturday's Daily Telegraph front page: 'NHS banned from using toxic metal hip implants'

European leaders get tough on US spying allegations

Can trust be restored? This was the question European leaders were asking in Brussels as one allegation of US spying after another was revealed this week.<p>To this end, German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined up with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to draft a UN resolution on the protection of …

Pakistan alleged to have endorsed US drone strikes

In the same week UN experts called for greater transparency on US drone strikes, it has been revealed that top Pakistani officials have been secretly endorsing the programme for a number of years.<p>The news broke in US newspaper The Washington Post. It has allegedly been leaked confidential Central …

Italy: Mount Etna erupts again

Mount Etna has erupted again, creating a plume of ash visible throughout much of eastern Sicily.<p>Authorities said the nearby airspace was briefly closed, but that no evacuations were necessary this time.<p>Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. The last major eruption was in 1992.

'No Woman, No Drive' Saudi artist speaks about his satirical video

Hisham Fageeh has become a global internet sensation after his tongue-in-cheek version of a Bob Marley classic went viral. He offers a satirical take on the Saudi ban on female driving, poking fun at one cleric’s assertion it could harm reproductive organs.<p>Speaking to euronews he remained coy about …

Tony Benn: 'All political careers end in failure. Mine ended earlier than most'

Why is broadband more expensive in the US?

<b>Home broadband in the US costs far more than elsewhere. At high speeds, it costs nearly three times as much as in the UK and France, and more than five times as much as in South Korea. Why?</b><p>Men's haircuts, loaves of bread... it is surprising how much more expensive some things are in the US than the …


Death and destruction as worst storm in a decade hits Britain

Britain has been battered by its worst storm in a decade.<p>A crane crashed down onto the Cabinet Office in London. No injuries were reported there but at least two people were killed by toppled trees elsewhere in the south of England, one of them a 17-year-old girl.<p>Separately, a falling tree is …

Protesters clash with police over bullfighting

US ambassador in Spain summoned over spying allegations