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"As a child growing up, we memorised something which I still recall." Herbert Mc'leod pauses, leans forward on his hilltop porch in central Freetown, and counts on his fingers. "Exports of Sierra Leone are ginger, piassava, pepper, cocoa, coffee, oil palm…" The economist trails off and adds, in an undertone: "All of this, no more." Mr Mc'leod,...

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Andy Sullivan is refusing to getting carried away about the prospect of a Ryder Cup debut this autumn, despite being well-placed in the qualifying standings. Sullivan is in a strong position to be an automatic qualifier for Darren Clarke's side, currently sitting eighth in the World Points List with two qualifying weeks remaining.   The three-time European Tour winner...

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CARDINGTON AIRFIELD, England — The world's largest aircraft has taken off on its maiden flight. The 302-foot-long Airlander 10 is filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, can reach an altitude of up to 16,000 feet, and stay in the air for five days. Manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles says the aircraft can be...

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it will not call for reclassifying marijuana, dashing the hopes of advocates of legalization and rejecting calls from some states and members of Congress who say growing knowledge and public acceptance should result in looser regulations. In a notice for the Federal Register, the DEA proposed to leave it...

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The news site Gawker.com will shut down next week, just days after it was purchased by Univision. In a post on its website, Gawker founder Nick Denton said he had told staff on Thursday afternoon. Media firm Univision agreed to buy parent company, Gawker Media, for $135m (£103m) at a bankruptcy auction. Gawker filed for bankruptcy after...

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Asda has reported a drop in sales of 7.5% in the past three months, its worst quarterly performance on record. Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon blamed the dip on food deflation and "the competitive environment". Discount food stores such as Aldi and Lidl have been undercutting Asda and its rivals, including Tesco, Morrison and Sainsbury's. The supermarket chain is...

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Toddler toy firm VTech could face an in-depth competition probe after merging with close competitor Leapfrog, regulators have said. The firms are two of the largest selling toddler learning toys in the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority said. The regulator is concerned about price rises and quality issues. VTech has until Wednesday to address the CMA's concerns, or...

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Some of the National Security Agency's most powerful and top-secret hacking tools appear to have been posted online in recent days, raising alarms among American security experts that the supposedly impenetrable spy agency has itself been hacked and its potent cyberespionage capabilities made publicly available. Security experts and former National Security Agency officials also believe that...

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The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Monday, undermined by recent soft U.S. economic data that tempered expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year. The dollar, which has fallen in four of the last five trading sessions, also slipped against the yen, a trend that has been in place for much...

BBC News
Warmer weather and a weaker pound helped boost retail sales in July, according to official data. Retail sales grew by 5.9% compared with July 2015, the Office for National Statistics said. "Better weather this year could be a major factor, with sales of clothing and footwear doing particularly well," said Joe Grice of the ONS. He added that there...

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