Google deal with French publishers
Google hailed what it called a “pioneering” agreement in France yesterday over digitising out-of-print books, ending six years of litigation between the US search company and French publishers. The two sides said they had agreed a “framework agreement” under which French publishers can strike their own commercial arrangements individually with Google, which will exchange information with publishers instead of scanning French books without consent.

Primary schools face new curriculum
Ministers have dropped plans for a less prescriptive, slimmed-down national curriculum for English primary schools, instead releasing detailed proposals that dictate the fine detail of what should be taught in English, maths and science.

Cancer-hit Chávez set to run again
President Hugo Chávez registered as a candidate for Venezuela’s October election late yesterday – dispelling doubts over whether the cancer-stricken incumbent’s health would prevent his running.


Airline chiefs attack Heathrow U-turn
David Cameron’s decision to overturn plans for a third runway at Heathrow is undermining Britain’s role as a leading international gateway, bosses from the International Air Transport Association claimed yesterday.

Gay marriage plan could divorce church from state
The Church of England faces its biggest rupture with the state in 500 years under government plans to legalise gay marriage.

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Cases of council tax arrears up 30pc

Rising rents, higher unemployment and the financial squeeze have led to a sharp increase in the number of people falling into arrears on their council tax, despite most English councils freezing this housing charge for the past two years.

Ex-Innospec CEO pleads guilty
The former chief executive of chemicals group Innospec, Paul Jennings, has pleaded guilty to paying bribes to officials in Iraq and Indonesia.


Foreign purchases of US homes rise
The six-year slide in US home prices and the dollar's weakness against some currencies are driving a property-buying binge by Asians, Canadians, Europeans and Latin Americans.

Headache for regulators at MF Global
Most of the senior executives at MF Global weren't registered with commodities regulators, meaning the executives can't be charged with supervision failures related to the firm's collapse.