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Iraq human rights lawyer accused of hounding British troops ‘thought he was above the rules’

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Iraq human rights lawyer accused of hounding British troops ‘thought he was above the rules’

A lawyer accused of hounding British troops with baseless allegations of torture and abuses in Iraq thought he was above the rules and the ends justified his means, a disciplinary hearing has been told. Phil Shiner made a series of “fundamental and basic failings” when he brought some of the

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Police chief who exposed breast at colleague in drunken tirade allowed to keep £109k-a-year job

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Police chief who exposed breast at colleague in drunken tirade allowed to keep £109k-a-year job

A police chief has escaped the sack from her £109,000-a-year job after she bared her breast in a drunken tirade at a junior colleague. Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), told Superintendent Sarah Jackson that her "credibility was zero"

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Civil servants warned office ‘cake culture’ could be a ‘public health hazard’

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Civil servants warned office ‘cake culture’ could be a ‘public health hazard’

Civil servants have been warned that bringing cake into work for birthdays and celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.  A post on the official Civil Service blog asks colleagues to be “mindful” of the sweet treats they bring into the workplace and the impact it has

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QC claimed he was so good he could ‘get Stevie Wonder a driving licence’, misconduct panel hears

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QC claimed he was so good he could ‘get Stevie Wonder a driving licence’, misconduct panel hears

A leading barrister wrongly claimed he was the "UK’s top criminal QC" on his website and promoted himself with a testimonial saying he "could get Stevie Wonder a driving licence", a misconduct hearing was told. Michael Wolkind QC was criticised by the Lord Chief Justice for

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Lonely widower advertises for companion to go fishing with him

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Lonely widower advertises for companion to go fishing with him

A pensioner from Australia sparked an online campaign to find him a friend this week, after he posted a tear-jerking advert on Gumtree seeking someone to go fishing with him. Ray Johnstone, a widower from Lewiston in South Australia, wrote in the ad that he was looking for a fishing mate as his

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Near miss for herd of deer crossing tracks

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Near miss for herd of deer crossing tracks

A video emerges from Hungary showing a herd of deer coming perilously close to being hit by a train. In the video, the train is making it’s way through a snowy landscape when suddenly the driver spots a herd of deer grazing on the tracks, the driver sounds the horn and the deer manage to […]

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Russian businessman seeks to restore Tsarist empire overthrown in 1917 on Pacific atoll

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Russian businessman seeks to restore Tsarist empire overthrown in 1917 on Pacific atoll

A Russian monarchist is seeking to buy three uninhabited islands in the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati to restore the Romanov empire and create an “alternative Russia”. Anton Bakov, a businessman and former Russian MP, is visiting the tiny nation this week after he was invited there to

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How the internet reacted to Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban 

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How the internet reacted to Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban 

Donald Trump’s travel ban has created international uproar, widespread protests and a social media backlash. An online petition calling for the US president’s state visit to be cancelled has attracted a million signatures, while protests in cities across the UK against the so-called

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Conservative ministers and MPs ordered to remain in Commons amid fears of Remain ‘ambush vote’ on Article 50

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Conservative ministers and MPs ordered to remain in Commons amid fears of Remain ‘ambush vote’ on Article 50

Conservative ministers and MPs have been ordered to stay in the House of Commons until midnight on Tuesday amid fears of an “ambush” vote by pro-Remain MPs during the Article 50 debate. The Government has ordered there is a “running whip” tomorrow and into Wednesday for the two-day

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Mother and sons cover anti-homeless spikes with cushions 

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Mother and sons cover anti-homeless spikes with cushions 

A Mancunian mother was angry that spikes had been erected in Manchester city centre to deter homeless people from sleeping in the shelter of buildings at night. So, she took action; recruiting her sons –  George, 11, and Sam, 10, -to go to Primark with her to buy cushions and create a cosy

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