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The industry behind champagne production has been handed world heritage status by the United Nations' cultural arm. Unesco decided that the vineyards, wine cellars and sales houses where champagne is produced and sold were culturally significant. It was one of 11 sites given World Heritage status by Unesco at a meeting in Germany on Saturday. The status should ensure...

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As people across cash-strapped Greece wait to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to accept proposals made by creditors, what can be learned by examining similar economic crises in Iceland and Cyprus? In 2007, the Icelandic economy appeared healthy. Its real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 35% higher than it was in 2002, unemployment was 2.3% and...

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Dutch campaigners have used a drone to fly abortion pills into Poland. The group, Women on Waves, flew the aircraft from Germany to highlight Poland's restrictive laws against terminating pregnancies. Waiting for the drone on the other side were two Polish women who took the pills, used to induce a miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy....

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Food safety is a major stumbling block in EU-US talks aimed at creating the world's biggest free trade zone. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would dwarf previous free trade deals. The European Commission estimates that by 2027 it could boost the size of the EU economy by €120bn (£94bn; $152bn) - equal to 0.5% of GDP...

Defending Open de France champion Graeme McDowell admits he has work to do on his game after missing the cut at Le Golf National. The Northern Irishman's bid for a third successive title in France came to a frustratingly early end, as the former US Open champion's poor form continued. McDowell was one of the early starters on Friday after thunderstorms...

European Tour players will compete for record prize money of €166m in the 2015 Race to Dubai – an 18.5 per cent increase on last year – thanks chiefly to the addition of seven new tournaments to the schedule. The rise of €26m from 2014’s figures has also been helped by prize fund increases for four tournaments, including the...

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