Antony Barnett, Martin Bright and Patrick Smith

Down to the wire

The Competition Commission is investigating cases against twelve wire manufacturers and four steel manufacturers for price-fixing.

Blair targets corruption in Africa plan

British Prime Minister Tony Blair will demand a radical shake-up of the West's approach to the world's poorest continent when his year-long Africa Commission calls for a doubling of aid, the dismantling of trade barriers, the writing off of debts and immediate action to stamp out corruption. The launch of the report on Friday will be used to urge a new partnership between developed and developing countries.

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