The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from July 25, 2012

1936 Sadler's Wells, London ***
The versatile Tom McNab - former Olympic coach, best-selling novelist, athletics historian and playwright - was the technical director on the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, the stage version of which is now topically and lucratively installed in the...
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After the Darkest Day: Birmingham's Fight to Escape a Summer of Violence
When three young men were mown down during the riots last summer, there were fears of a racist backlash. It never came. Owen Jones visits the communities that united to rebuild a city THE RIOTS ONE YEAR ON Tom Carroll, a 27-year-old who works in PR,...
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A Little Help Can Yield a Big Return
Mulberry is an English luxury fashion brand, anchored by the quality and craftsmanship of our products and our heritage. We are truly passionate about being an English brand and our UK manufacturing is extremely important to us.Last year we completed...
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Angharad Rees
Actress best known for her role as the headstrong Demelza in 'Poldark' The period drama has long been a staple of British television and has proved just as popular, not only in other English-speaking countries but also across continental Europe, bringing...
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At Last, Hacking Charges Will Be Tested in Court
LEADING ARTICLE Five years ago, News International claimed that phone-hacking was confined to one rogue reporter. Three years ago, the Metropolitan Police took a single day to dismiss a Guardian report that the News of the World had hacked more than...
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Battling for Bronze
Having three all-time greats ahead of him has hindered James Goddard but a medal is in reach this time, he tells Robin Scott- Elliot James Goddard runs a hand through his beard. "I am quite hairy," he says. "It's literally from head to toe. It all comes...
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Portobello, Pounds 14.99
Katherine Boo's debut about the vertiginousness of existence in a "Mumbai slum" is the antidote to mainstream books and films on the subject from the English-speaking world. It's framed by her noting the lack of "deeply reported" non-fiction about India....
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Big Rise in Number of Graduates Forced to Work for Free
The number of graduates going into unpaid employment or voluntary work has increased by 23 per cent in the past year - and more than tripled since 2003, according to new figures seen by The Independent.A report, due to be released by the Higher Education...
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Burma's Monks Call for Muslim Community to Be Shunned
The Buddhists have reportedly tried to block humanitarian aid getting to ethnic group Monks who played a vital role in Burma's recent struggle for democracy have been accused of fuelling ethnic tensions in the country by calling on people to shun a Muslim...
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Coulson Trial Threatens Years of Bad Headlines for Cameron
Next general election campaign likely to be overshadowed as Tories admit embarrassment The decision to prosecute Andy Coulson on five counts of phone- hacking raised fresh questions last night over David Cameron's judgement.The Prime Minister hired the...
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Dead Cuban Dissident's Car 'Was Rammed off the Road'
The death of a Cuban dissident in a car crash on Sunday is at the centre of growing controversy after his family claimed the vehicle was deliberately forced off the road.Oswaldo Paya, 60, an opponent of the country's Communist regime, died when his hire...
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'Dozens Dead' as War Planes Bomb Syria's Biggest City
Regime fighter jets bombed the country's most populous city yesterday, according to reports from the ground, in a dramatic escalation of the conflict which drew widespread condemnation.The aerial bombardment of eastern areas of Syria's commercial capital...
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Dramatic Change as Two-Thirds Now Support GM Crop Testing
Public opinion appears to be shifting in favour of the development of genetically-modified crops, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.Asked whether the Government should encourage experiments on GM crops so that farmers can reduce the amount...
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Fears of German Recession Follow Moody's Warning
Germany's economic might showed worrying signs of wilting in the face of Europe's debt crisis yesterday after the biggest collapse for the nation's private sector in more than three years.Germany, which accounts for more than a quarter of the eurozone...
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Get Me out of Here
NOWDeparting on 6 August, there's a three-night city break to Madrid being offered by easyJet Holidays for 149 per person. The price includes flights from Gatwick and B&B at the smart, centrally located Petit Palace Alcala Torre hotel, close to the lively...
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Get the Ball Rolling
As the Games officially begin today with football, Michael Phelps dips into the Olympic pool as athletes prepare to push themselves to new levels and excitement courses through the East End They came into the Aquatic Centre here yesterday with the edgy...
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Gun Sales Soar in Colorado in Wake of Cinema Killings
Citizens rush to arm themselves as public paranoia sparks incidents in other states Gun sales have surged in Colorado in the days since the state became the scene of the worst mass shooting in the US.Local authorities reported a huge spike in the numbers...
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Harbour Watch Still on Hold
Richard Hughes is closing the gap on Ryan Moore at the top of the jockeys' table so quickly that some bookmakers now make him odds-on for that elusive first title. And, of course, he reliably makes hay at Goodwood. Unfortunately, however, one of his...
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How Serious Is the Threat of Chemical Weapons?
COMMENT You might remember seeing this movie: ragtag rebels, with obsolete weaponry, battered into near-submission by a far superior army. But, as defections take their toll and foreign support rolls in, the tide turns. As in Libya, so in Syria - even...
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Idowu Incensed over Demand for Medical Records
Triple jumper 'incredibly disappointed' with BOA but insists that he is not injured and will go to the Games ATHLETICS As if Phillips Idowu did not already have enough on his pre- Olympic plate - what with his battle to gain fitness in time for the...
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Inquest Hears Lessons Learnt about IEDs after Deaths in Helmand
Military officials say detection techniques have been changed since two Marines died Two Royal Marines who died in Afghanistan last May were unlawfully killed by an improvised explosive device (IED), an inquest has ruled.Marine Sam Alexander, 28, and...
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I've Got the Answer to Our Housing Crisis: The Prefab
Notebook When I was growing up, they were already a receding feature of the urban landscape: small-scale estates packed with one-storey houses and gardens that invariably burst with colour at almost any time of year. Many of the residents loved them...
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Jamie Oliver Tackles David Beckham over His Adverts for Junk Food
Gary Lineker also targeted by chef in campaign for children to eat healthily The celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has criticised sporting heroes like David Beckham for promoting junk food to children.Beckham and Gary Lineker are highlighted for criticism...
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JK Rowling and the Pounds 250,000 Magical Land - in Her Garden
She has fired the imagination of millions of young readers across the world with her tales of the boy wizard Harry Potter and his fantastical battles against the evil Lord Voldemort.So when it comes to building a treehouse for her children, JK Rowling...
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Last Night's Viewing
The comedian Jon Richardson used to do a gag about obsessive- compulsive disorder. "I never say I've got OCD," it went, "because it's got the word 'disorder' in it and it seems untidy." Well, perhaps you had to be there - the past tense being particularly...
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Leveson: My Task Is Done. No It's Not, Says Victims' Barrister
Judge retires to write report for publication later this year as lawyer urges inquiry to reconvene when hacking trials are over The Leveson Inquiry was "compromised" by having to avoid questions that went to the heart of criminal practices at News International...
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Lianne la Havas Village Underground, London ****
Peddlers of hype would have people believe that singer/ songwriter Lianne La Havas is very good at what she does. They would be wrong - she is exceptional.From the moment the 22-year-old London-born soul singer takes to the stage for the first of two...
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Long Road Back for England but If Any Team Can Do It, This Lot Can
Expect selectors to go with same line-up for Headingley humdinger against rampant South Africans It is a long way back for England from here. The size of their defeat in the first Test against South Africa, by an innings and 12 runs, was merely the half...
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Minister: We Had Failures at HSBC, but I Won't Quit
Former chairman of bank insists he has no case to answer over money-laundering affair Lord Green, the Trade minister, has expressed regret over the "failures" at HSBC while he headed the bank.But the former chairman and chief executive of HSBC insisted...
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Murdoch's Finest Brought to Trial
Seven key News International lieutenants and one contracted private investigator face 19 phone-hacking charges involving 600 victims Charges for Murdoch's big beasts cast shadow over empire David Cameron's former spin-doctor Andy Coulson and Rebekah...
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My Advice to Romney - Do Mention the Horse
Politics The putative next leader of the free world arrives today, and you will all join me in extending a warm welcome to Willard Mitt Romney. The saviour of the Salt Lake City Winter Games of 2002 is in town both to look presidential and as a member...
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No Show from Bolt and Blake but Sprint Pair Are on Track
From 10.30am yesterday, the crowds, the camera crews and the world's media started gathering on the grass banks of the sun- drenched Munrow Sports Centre track at the University of Birmingham. They were all hoping to catch a glimpse of Usain Bolt and...
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Ohuruogu's Main Rival Has Unfinished Business as She Aims to Bury Beijing Ghost
Sanya Richards-Ross has shrugged off illness but can she see off Britain's defending champion? She talks to Simon Turnbull Sanya Richards-Ross has seen it coming. All year long, while Christine Ohuruogu has been quietly going about the business of preparing...
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Olympic Life Resumes at 40 for Searle as Men's Eight Aim High
ROWING Barcelona gold medallist has no doubts about the wisdom of returning for a crack at London Anyone would think he learned how to row on a Phoenician trireme. In Olympic terms, however, there is no getting away from the fact that Greg Searle is...
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Oswaldo Paya
Activist who fought to bring democracy to Cuba Oswaldo Paya, who died in a mysterious car crash in his native Cuba, was, for decades, one of the greatest thorns in the flesh of his nation's leader, Fidel Castro. A pro-democracy, anti-communist dissident...
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Pearce Battles Low Hopes and Apathy with Untested Side
MEN'S FOOTBALL Games fervour in short supply at sparsely attended briefing but Team GB coach is on a mission to showcase Olympic football "We should have held it in my bedroom," said Stuart Pearce, casting his eyes around the press conference theatre...
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Plenty of Swagger but Not Enough Show from a Streetwise Star
"If you don't believe in something, then you'll fall for anything," Plan B snarls on the forlorn "Lost My Way". The solemn 28- year-old rapper is big on "belief" but we get precious little explanation of his beliefs, or really much chat at all, from...
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Pounds 100m in Sponsorship - and the Olympics Have Adidas Written All over Them
Margareta Pagano meets the German sportswear giant's sport-mad boss as he arrives in London to earn his Games stripes Look at the shoes; they're the giveaway. If Olympians are wearing Adidas shoes, then they are the ones with the multi-million-pound...
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Rebels Promise 'Fireworks' for Assad, Using Afghan Methods
Special Report Kim Sengupta reports from Qurqanya, where Syria's insurgents believe that using improvised explosive devices can turn the tide in their favour The packages were in a farmhouse, laid out in neat rows on the floor of beaten earth, wrapped...
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Road Racers Insist That Bad Blood Is Firmly in the Past
Quartet adamant spat between Armitstead and Cooke will not hinder quest for gold CYCLING At the Olympics it is not only, as the clich has it, the eyes of the world that are on competitors but the ears and dictaphones of the media too. To the athletes'...
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Rosneft Moving in to Snap Up BP's Pounds 16bn Stake in Russia Joint Venture
BP's $25bn (16bn) stake in its Russian joint venture TNK-BP could be snapped up by the Kremlin after state-owned oil company Rosneft yesterday said it was starting talks with the British oil major.Last month BP hoisted a for sale sign over its 50 per...
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Saddle Up for Your Tour De London
The capital's hotels are joining the drive towards two-wheeled tourism, says Simon Usborne Bicycling tourists would be a disaster, they said. They would come a cropper on Hyde Park Corner and be petrified at Piccadilly. Elephant and Castle? It didn't...
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Sally Ride
The first American woman in space In 1983 Dr Sally Ride, who has died of cancer, became the first American women to journey into space, as part of a five-person crew aboard the Challenger space shuttle. She said of the voyage "The thing that I'll remember...
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Serious Silva Says It's Strictly Business for Brazil
World's most expensive defender tells Andy Brassell the quest for first Olympic gold is no laughing matter As the dust settled after Brazil's comprehensive win over Team GB in Middlesbrough last Friday, there was little of the normal hand- wringing...
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Sex Harassment Law to Be Fast-Tracked
The French parliament will push through emergency legislation to protect women from sexual harassment this week - just days after a female minister was subjected to cat-calls by right wing members for wearing a summer dress.The two events are not connected...
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She Was the First American Woman in Space. Then, in Her Will, Sally Ride Blazed Another Trail
Astronaut comes out with message posted on her website after dying of pancreatic cancer aged 61 Friends, feminists and former colleagues are mourning Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, who has died at the age of 61 after a 17-month...
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Sir Elton Leads Calls for US Congress to Keep Funding War on Aids
Leading activists from around the world, including Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox, took to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill yesterday on a mission to urge senior members of Congress to keep US dollars flowing to the global effort to combat and...
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South Korea Have Western Heavyweights in Their Sights
SPOTLIGHT ON THE MAIN MEDAL CONTENDERS NUMBER7: S KOREA There is preparation and then there is preparation the South Korean way. Archery is an obsession in Korea, the event in which they dominate the world and one in which they have decided to leave...
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So Who Can Solve the Euro Crisis? Not the Politicians
Economics So now it is Spain that will need a sovereign bailout. In an effort to increase confidence, the government says it has enough money to get through the autumn, but of course that has quite the opposite effect in that it emphasises that it will...
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Spain Asks Germany to Ease the Strain as Anxious Investors Tighten Their Grip
Jittery investors tightened the squeeze on Spain yesterday as the embattled nation's Economic Minister held talks in Berlin amid rising speculation of an international rescue.Spain - struggling under a worsening recession, a banking crisis and the possible...
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Sshhhhh! Don't Tell Anyone
Secrecy As Danny Boyle asks people not to blab about his opening ceremony, Simon Usborne wonders if there's ever been a tougher time to keep schtum Trending cannot reveal, even if it wanted to, anything about the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday...
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Sunshine Brings a Ray of Hope to City
MARKET REPORT There has certainly been no shortage of companies willing to blame the recent miserable weather for disappointing updates. However, with summer looking as if it may finally be here, City types were yesterday working out which stocks could...
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The Coast with the Most
With isolated islands, beautiful beaches, watersport hotspots and historic ports, Adriatic Croatia is a shore thing for a great seaside break, says Mick Webb What's the attraction?Croatia's 1,800km coastline, with its islands and turquoise Adriatic,...
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The Fairy Queen Glyndebourne, Lewes *****
When Glyndebourne invited Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown to realise Purcell's "semi-opera" The Fairy Queen, it was with slight trepidation, as they had no idea how this amalgam of Purcell's music and filletings from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream...
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The Man Behind Theatreland's Oddest Musical
New musical hunting is an alchemical sport. Producers come up with some unlikely combinations hoping to spark public interest. A Greek island romance with Abba songs? Jerry Springer: The Opera? Even so, when the National Theatre announced London Road...
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The Man on the Street
The reindeer is spooked. Somewhere on a deserted coastal stretch of Norway's RV888 highway, deep inside the Arctic Circle, the beast has been surprised by a car, and so it gallops away down the empty road. It's a strange, singular moment, which might...
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The Women Greece Blames for Its HIV Crisis
Prostitutes have been rounded up and jailed as new cases soar, reports Charlotte McDonald-Gibson in Athens The women glare into the camera, their humiliated, pale faces smeared with make-up and tears. Glazed eyes stare out under lurid headlines warning...
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This Party in a Park Could Prove to Be Pounds 9bn Well Spent
Olympic Games For a moment, he sounded like God. For a moment, the 70-year-old Belgian who came to our land, and looked at our work, and said it was good, sounded quite a lot like God. He sounded less like God when he said that he, and other members...
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This Week: Can You Enter Morocco with an Israeli Passport Stamp? Plus, the Best Currency for Greece
Q&A TRAVEL UNRAVELLED Q I hope to travel to Marrakech next March and have been told by someone that if you have visited Israel you can't go to any Arab state. I passed through Israel briefly en route to Jordan several years ago. I have tried several...
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Tighten the Law If You Want, but Don't Lecture the Working Classes on Matters of Personal Morality
As Treasury minister David Gauke delighted crowds on Newsnight with his sermon on the "morals" of paying cash-in-hand, this felt like one of those delicious Armando Iannucci The Thick of It moments. Somewhere, in my mind's eye, a cacophony of boggle-eyed,...
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Tiny Tunney Hoping to Make It Big This Summer
GYMNASTICS As Britain's youngest competitor, London 2012 was always going to be unlike anything Rebecca Tunney had experienced before and she happily confessed yesterday that it has already been an "overwhelming" experience.The 15-year-old Tunney, who...
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Troop Influx Patches Up Security. Now for the Travel Crisis
Trains unable to stop at main Games station as wrong kind of weather leaves cables overheated Almost double the number of British troops serving in Afghanistan are now providing security for the Olympic Games, after a further 1,200 soldiers were deployed...
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Turner's Candour May Shut Bank Door. Maybe He Is Better Suited to Barclays
OUTLOOK Lord Turner seems to have views on just about everything, and likes nothing better than to expound upon them. That might just kill off his chances of becoming the next Governor of the Bank of England.Yesterday the chairman of the Financial Services...
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Walk on by - but Don't Ban the Chuggers
Charities There I was, coming out of the Tube and walking down the road, when I was accosted The litany of complaints about "chuggers" - the young band of street fund-raisers - has reached the point where one might be forgiven for thinking these brightly-clad...
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Watchdog Calls on Banks to Clean Up Their Act from the Top
FSA chief warns free banking may have to end to stop mis-selling A change in culture from the very top of the banking industry is needed to rebuild a cynical British public's trust in the sector, the chairman of the City's financial watchdog said yesterday.In...
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When Cash-in-Hand Is Not Acceptable
LEADING ARTICLE Government strategists might have preferred it if Treasury minister David Gauke had given a more deft answer when an interviewer asked him about the practice of paying tradespeople such as builders, plumbers and cleaners in cash. The...
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Widows of Munich Massacre Fly in to Demand Memorial
The widows of two Israeli athletes who were murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics have launched an attack on the International Olympic Committee for its refusal to officially mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre during this summer's Games.Ankie...
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Woman Feared Dead after Cliff Crashes Down on to Coastal Path
23-year-old trapped under 400 tons of rock and mud as collapse hits Dorset tourist spot There were fears last night for the life of a young woman trapped by a landslide on a Dorset beach that sent an estimated 400 tons of rock and mud crashing down on...
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Women out to Kick off in Style
FOOTBALL To Hope Powell's Great Britain team falls the honour of getting the ball rolling in the 2012 Olympics; literally, since this is the women's football tournament. There are a number of oddities about a historic occasion: the kick-off for GB against...
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World Cup Agony Is Spurring USA on to Treble Success
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL America captain says desire to atone for final failure can inspire third straight gold One of the most famous and successful teams in women's sport begin their Olympics today in Glasgow. The United States women's soccer team - known...
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