Dina Rickman

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Britons Hope Obama Will Address Controversial US-UK Extradition Treaty

(290) Comments | Posted 19 January 2013 | (03:02)

LONDON -- Last October, shortly after midday, Theresa May, Britain's Home Secretary, stood up in the House of Commons and made an announcement that, in the words of Gary McKinnon's mother, required "guts".

May announced that she was withdrawing the extradition order against McKinnon on computer hacking charges in the...

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Jimmy Savile Sex Abuse Report 'Must Be A Turning Point For How We Deal With Sexual Violence'

(11) Comments | Posted 11 January 2013 | (12:34)

Jimmy Savile was free to abuse up to 214 victims over 54 years, some of them under 10 years old because - as CPS head Keir Starmer put it - of "shortcomings" in the police and prosecution services.

It's a word that hides a multitude of sins; failing to recognise...

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Abortion: Preliminary Statistics Showing Evidence Of Selection 'Should Not Be Misappropriated By Anti-Abortion Groups'

(146) Comments | Posted 11 January 2013 | (10:45)

Statistics purporting to show selective abortions of girls in the UK are preliminary and should not be "misappropriated" by those in favour of a restriction on terminations, pro-choice groups have warned.

The warning came after a parliamentary question by Lord Alton of Liverpool, a crossbench peer with anti-abortion views, revealed...

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UKBA's 'Competence' Questioned After Deportation Text Messages Sent To Legal Immigrants

(189) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (10:26)

The UKBA's "competence" has been questioned after "alarming" text messages were mistakenly sent to immigrants with the right to live in Britain, telling them to leave the country.

Home Secretary Theresa May has said she will look into the reported cases where legal immigrants were told to leave the country...

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Rupert Murdoch Accused Of 'Misunderstanding Science' After Tweeting Carbon Emissions Lead To Greener Forests

(40) Comments | Posted 7 January 2013 | (08:10)

From calling phone hacking victims scumbags to taking on scientologists, Rupert Murdoch isn't afraid to use Twitter to voice his controversial opinions.

This time, he's angered environmentalists and been accused of a "fundamental misunderstanding of science" by implying having more carbon in the atmosphere may be...

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Church Of England Allows Gay Clergy Members To Become Bishops

(452) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (15:11)

The Church of England has lifted a ban on gay members of the clergy from becoming bishops.

According to the announcement from the Church's House of Bishops, clergy who are in civil partnerships but promise to remain celibate will no longer be banned from being bishops.

The issue has...

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Obese People Should Have Benefits Cut If They Do Not Exercise, Argues Proposal For Westminster Council

(465) Comments | Posted 3 January 2013 | (09:11)

Obese people who refuse to exercise could have their benefits cut under controversial plans being considered by a flagship London council.

The report, published for Conservative-led Westminster City Council by think-tank the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU), points out obesity costs the NHS £1.5bn every year and comes ahead of...

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Zombie Apocalypse Would Be Dealt With By The Cabinet Office, Not MoD

(56) Comments | Posted 26 December 2012 | (08:30)

In the dead of the night, when the zombies come, you're only going to want to know one thing - who's in charge?

And luckily, thanks to one member of the public, we know that in the event of a global zombie outrage the Cabinet Office would be the government's...

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Jeremy Paxman Warned Peter Rippon About Newsnight Blog On Savile Decision, Pollard Review Finds

(80) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (11:36)

Jeremy Paxman gave his own boss a taste of his hard-hitting interview style when he warned him over a blog defending the decision to leave an investigation into claims Jimmy Savile was a paedophile, a review has found.

The Newsnight presenter told Peter Rippon, the-then editor of the BBC...

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Ireland To Legalise Abortion In Cases Where Mother's Life Put At Risk

(158) Comments | Posted 18 December 2012 | (14:57)

The Irish government is to introduce legislation to allow terminations to be carried out in the country, following a European Court ruling which found the lack of abortion law breached human rights rules.

The news means abortion is technically legal in Ireland, although only in the case where the...

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Justin Lee Collins' Ex Anna Larke Speaks Of Relief After Comedian Declines CBB Invite

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2012 | (11:21)

Justin Lee Collins' ex-girlfriend Anna Larke has told of her relief that the comedian convicted of harassing her will not appear on Celebrity Big Brother.

The comedian had been heavily rumoured to be a contestant on the Channel 5 show, which stars in January.

But a spokesperson for...

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Amber Rudd On Why Conservatives Can Be Feminists And Whether Cameron's Anti-Women

(22) Comments | Posted 12 December 2012 | (11:20)

Twenty six years ago, Amber Rudd was handed a bag of porn videos by her boss.

"When I joined JP Morgan, after my training course I went up to the trading floor - we were the first generation of university women to go onto the trading floor.

"I remember...

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Young Girls Subject To 'Bullying And Slut Shaming' In Schools, According To Dr Jessica Ringrose

(88) Comments | Posted 11 December 2012 | (14:22)

Young girls and women are subject to "slut shaming" and sexual bullying in schools, according to research from an academic and former advisor to the Home Office.

Dr Jessica Ringrose, senior lecturer in the sociology of gender and education at the Institute of Education, writes in a book launched on...

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Lincoln Prison Overcrowded, Dirty And Full Of Drugs And Alcohol, Report Finds

(130) Comments | Posted 11 December 2012 | (08:03)

A prison more holding 50% more inmates than it was meant to has been found to have among the "worst" drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and overcrowding ever seen by inspectors - just over a week after the Ministry of Justice decided not to close it.

Serious failings were found...

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Decriminalisation Of Drugs In Portugal Was Not A Success, Says Dr Manuel Pinto Coelho

(122) Comments | Posted 10 December 2012 | (13:49)

Portgual's approach to drug use has been described as "impressive" by a report from an influential committee of MPs - and as a possible example for Britain.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said the country, where drugs have been decriminalised, with possession of small amounts not subject to...

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Black And Minority Ethnic Women 'Discriminated Against At Every Stage' Of Recruitment Process

(485) Comments | Posted 7 December 2012 | (11:10)

People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are twice as likely to be unemployed than white women - and are reporting having to 'Westernise' their names or removing hijabs to improve their chances of getting a job.

The news comes in a Runnymede Trust report for the All Party Parliamentary...

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Number Of Homeless Families Living In Bed And Breakfasts Rises 51% In A Year

(18) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (13:28)

The number of homeless families living in bed and breakfast style accommodation has risen by more than 50% in the last year, according to government figures.

More than 2,000 families with children are housed in B&Bs, with many of them facing spending Christmas in single rooms with no access to...

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Children With Cancer 'Bullied When They Return To School' Charity Says

(58) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (08:39)

One in three children with cancer were bullied for their symptoms, such as losing their hair, when they went back to school, according to a children's cancer charity.

CLIC Sargent reported more than a third of parents they surveyed said their children had been bullied for the effect of cancer,...

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Chris Bryant: Laptop Containing Picture Of Saddam Hussein In Y-Fronts Bought By News Corp 'Destroyed'

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (07:42)

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp paid a US soldier a "substantial sum" to obtain pictures of Saddam Hussein in his Y-fronts, while a laptop containing evidence was "destroyed", an MP has claimed.

Speaking under parliamentary privilege, Labour's Chris Bryant told the House of Commons he believed those writing the story -...

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Kelvin MacKenzie Calls For 'Home Rule' In 'Overtaxed' London And The South East

(261) Comments | Posted 3 December 2012 | (10:04)

Kelvin MacKenzie's not very popular in the North - and his latest broadside is unlikely to change that.

The former Sun editor has penned a polemic for the Daily Telegraph, claiming that those poor "overtaxed" souls in London and the South East should seek "home rule."

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