Veronique Dupont

Nigeria loses ground in Opec in face of unrest

Oil output in Nigeria has plunged by a quarter since the start of 2006 in the face of political unrest in the Niger Delta, reducing the country's influence in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and limiting the effectiveness of Opec itself.

Pay-to-shop: New York’s newest fashion

In New York everything has a price tag, so it seems, and now you can even pay to shop, on a tour of the city's most coveted shop windows. For , a good guide can leave a shopper breathless. ''Hurry up ... we won't have any time left to go to Soho,'' Rebecca Merritt, a guide for Shop Gotham told her group: a dozen teachers from Missouri, whose state motto is ''show me''.

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