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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Stephan Lichtsteiner and Virgil van Dijk?

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Todays rumours are mesmerised by No1The Mill suspects that Arsène Wenger has a vast collection of a certain type of magazine. Model-building magazines, of course! You know, the ones where the first issue is cheap and comes with the first part of a magnificent ship or tank or rocket or something, the second issue is a little more expensive and includes another part of the model, and then each subsequent issue is really quite dear because the publishers reckon youll ... more

Shell profits rise as production benefits counter plunge in oil price

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Anglo-Dutch oil companys quarterly profits boom 31% helped by more lucrative production and lower exploration costsRoyal Dutch Shells profit rose strongly in the third quarter as more profitable production and lower exploration costs helped compensate for the sharp fall in the price of oil.Shells core profit, excluding one-time items, for the three months to the end of September increased 31% to $5.8bn (£3.6bn) from a year earlier. Continue reading...

Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF

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Unidentified drones had flown over seven plants this month by mystery operator as Greenpeace denies involvementFrances state-run power firm Électricité de France (EDF) on Wednesday said unidentified drones had flown over seven nuclear plants this month, leading it to file a complaint with the police.The unmanned aircraft did not harm the safety or the operation of the power plants, EDF said, adding that the first drone was spotted on 5 October above a plant in deconstruction in eastern Creys-Malville. Continue ... more

Government considered cuts to employment and support allowance

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Internal documents seen by BBC suggest officials considered cutting ESA by as much as £30 so it is effectively worth the same as jobseekers allowanceThe government is considering cutting the value of the main employment and support allowance (ESA) sickness benefit by as much as £30 so that it is effectively worth the same as jobseekers allowance, internal documents seen by the BBC suggest.New claimants, judged to be capable of work with appropriate support, could be given just 50p more ... more

Mercury Music Prize 2014 finalists - in pictures

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The Roundhouse in London played host to the annual Mercury Music Prize last night - with Edinburghs experimental trio Young Fathers scooping the prestigious award. Heres the rest of the nominees on the red carpet Young Fathers: misfits deserving of their Mercury prize win Continue reading...