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Gap between rich and poor growing fastest in Britain

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Business people walk past a homeless person in London

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a leading economic forum, said that the wealthiest tenth of society now earn 12 times as much as the poorest, up from eight times as much in the 1980s.

In addition the amount of total income taken by the top 1 per cent of earners - including bankers, managers and executives - has doubled to 14 per cent.

By contrast, the top tax rate has fallen while benefits for the poorest have become less generous.

The OECD says the growing inequality in Britain is mainly down to the soaring wages of the super-rich, as well as the fact that the wealthy work longer hours.

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Hundreds arrested as thousands protest elections in Moscow

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Arrests as Russians rally against ‘election fraud’

The parliamentary election results have left opposition supporters in an angry mood. Moscow has seen crowds of up to 10,000 take to the streets; over 300 have been arrested, reports RIA Novosti news agency. Police have counted 2,000 demonstrators, but unofficial estimates say up to 10,000 people made their way to Chistye Prudy Park to attend a meeting staged by the opposition movement “Solidarnost” (Solidarity). "Shame!” chanted the crowd. The demonstrators claimed the United Russia party had rigged the voting results. Meanwhile, as the Central Election Commission has almost done its counting, United Russia is coming in with almost 50 per cent of the vote.  Police had already cordoned the area off for a meeting, which only 700 people had been authorized to join. As the stream of people increased, the designated area overflowed and the crowds spilled into a neighboring area. When they started to block the traffic, police began arresting protesters.

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Don't let U.S. bully us over skewed Extradition Act: It's time for MPs to stand up for British justice

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MPs were last night urged to defy American ‘strong-arm’ tactics and demand a complete overhaul of the unjust Extradition Act.

The U.S. ambassador was accused of trying to railroad Britain into sticking with the Act – even though it is plainly skewed against the rights of British citizens such as Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon.

Louis Susman’s unprecedented intervention came ahead of a crunch House of Commons vote on Monday in which MPs will be given a landmark opportunity to call for a change to the law.

He launched an extraordinary defence of the Act in the course of two visits to Westminster, attacking what he claimed were ‘myths and inaccuracies’ about the lopsided treaty.

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2011 12:34

Kukuriku wins 83 seats in Croatia

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Kukuriku coalition won 83 mandates according to the first information published after closing down the poll stations. The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won 40 mandates.

HDZ won 42 percent of votes on the former election in 2007 and 66 mandates while SDP had 37 percent of votes with 10 mandates less. The Croatian National Party (HNS) won 7 mandates back then and the Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS) only three.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 02:54

Germany to sell Israel nuke submarine

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A senior German official said Wednesday that the government has approved the subsidized sale of another Dolphin-type military submarine to Israel.

The official said Germany has set aside €135 million ($180 million) in next year's budget to pay for about a third of its cost.

Dolphin-class submarines are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped missiles, but there is no evidence that Israel has armed them with such weapons.

Israel already has three Dolphin submarines from Germany — one half-funded and two entirely funded by Berlin, a staunch Israeli ally.

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