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More than two thirds of respondents in an online poll conducted by www. ny1. com said they disliked both shortlisted proposals for the World Trade Center site. Studio Daniel Libeskind won 17% of the vote,15% voted for the Raphael Viñoly-led team THINK, but 68% favoured neither scheme.

A war in Iraq would cost British taxpayers at least £3.5 billion, a report from the International Institute of Strategic Studies has concluded. This represents a 40 per cent increase on the cost of the first Gulf War.

Last year,4,323 companies went bust in the UK, representing a 14.9 per cent increase on the number that went out of business in 2001, according to new figures published by the DTI.

The number of Britons with access to the internet remained static last year at 42 per cent, research by telecoms watchdog Oftel has found.

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