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Britain's Hill starts ordeal in EU parliament

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's controversial choice for the European Commission declared his support for closer European financial integration at the start of an expected tough confirmation hearing in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

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Lackluster factory data hits world stocks, dollar strong

LONDON (Reuters) - Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lackluster economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week.

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How to detangle hair properly

We've all been there. Stepping out of the shower and taking our hair out our towel turban to find it all tangled and knotted from washing. Or that time when we were out in the gale force winds and by the time we got back we looked like we'd been dragged through three hedges, backwards. Yes, detangling our tresses is something we've all had to do on many an occasion, but how do we stop it being so painful? We asked hairdresser Neville Ramsay, whose clients have included Zandra Rhodes, Sting and model Jodie Kidd, for some top tips.

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Djokovic maintains perfect record, Wozniacki bundled out

BEIJING (Reuters) - Men's top seed Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect China Open record but Caroline Wozniacki's hopes of qualifying for the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore took a hit after she crashed out on Wednesday.

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Putin says will not curb Internet access despite cyber attacks

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he would not consider restricting Internet access for Russian users but warned of a sharp rise in cyber attacks on state domains since the Ukraine crisis began.

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