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A quarter of seven to 10-year- olds now owns a mobile phone, according to a survey published last week. It shows that the proportion of junior school kids with mobiles has increased from the 13 per cent recorded in 2001.

The International Olympic Committee has taken out £75 million worth of insurance against the possible cancellation of the Athens Games this summer.The move reflects concerns about the readiness of the new facilities and the threat of a terrorist attack.

Research firm Market and Business Development has predicted that architects' fees will increase by an average of 5 per cent a year over the next four years.This represents an improvement on the 3 per cent seen over the past four-year period.

New research by the vocational awarding body City and Guilds has found that 43 per cent of the UK's workforce suffers from workrelated stress.Some 67 per cent blame these problems on a heavy workload.

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