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State pension gender gap ‘narrowing too slowly’

Image copyright Getty Images Men still receive an average of £28 more a week in state pension than women despite reforms starting to narrow the gap, analysis suggests. A retired man typically receives £154 a week, compared to £126 a week for women, according to Which?. The consumer group studied …

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Six shops defying the High Street downturn

Image copyright Reuters Sometimes it seems there’s nothing but doom and gloom on the UK’s High Streets. This week we heard profits were down at Debenhams and a big deal between shopping centre owners Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring, and Intu fell through. New store openings are at their lowest …

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The Amazon’s solar-powered river bus

Image caption A school commute with a difference How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have created an ingenious solution. A couple of hours before dawn in Kapawi, a village in a remote corner of the Ecuadorian Amazon, a …

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Can you really revise while chatting online?

Image copyright Getty Images Can you really revise for exams at the same time as conducting multiple simultaneous conversations on social media? Have teenagers really developed such skills of multi-tasking that they can respond to Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram, answer texts, and watch funny videos of pets on YouTube, at …

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Donald Trump’s double threat to global free trade

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WTO: An organisation under threat? Sitting grandly on the banks of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva is the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a free trade factory. Here the world’s nations meet to hammer out trade deals and reduce tariffs – taxes charged on …

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