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'Gangster' shot by own gun, coroner rules

A businessman “was acting reasonably to defend himself” when a suspected gangster was killed with his own gun during a fight, a coroner has ruled. Stephen “Aki” Akinyemi died after he was shot in the head during a fight with businessman Arran Coghlan in 2010. A coroner at London’s Royal Courts of Justice ruled Mr Coghlan’s actions were “necessary and ...

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Storm Doris: Falling debris kills woman in Wolverhampton

A woman has died after being hit by “coffee table-sized” debris in Storm Doris. An eyewitness said the woman was struck by an object – thought to be a piece of roof – outside a cafe on Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, at about 11:45 GMT. She suffered “very serious head injuries” and died at the scene, paramedics said. Police said they ...

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Faulty tumble dryers: More than 35,000 sign recall petition

More than 35,000 people have signed a parliamentary petition to force Whirlpool to recall three million potentially dangerous tumble dryers. The manufacturer has advised millions of owners to unplug their machines, but has refused to issue a safety recall. The dryers, sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands, have been blamed for a number of fires, including one in ...

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Jonathan Sexton returns from injury to start as Ireland show three changes for France clash with Rory Best back

Jonathan Sexton has fought off Paddy Jackson’s challenge to start Ireland’s RBS Six Nations clash with France in Dublin on Saturday. Sexton has been sidelined with calf trouble since Leinster’s 24-24 European draw in Castres on January 20, but will now slot straight back in at fly-half for Ireland this weekend. Skills coach Richie Murphy this week insisted Sexton had ...

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Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport and seize it from Isis

Iraqi security forces closing in on the Isis-held western half of Mosul have launched a major offensive on the city’s airport and fought their way into a nearby military base. Federal police and an elite interior ministry unit known as Rapid Response stormed the airport and engaged in gun battles with Isis fighters who used suicide car bombs to try ...

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Becca Stevens reveals video for 'Queen Mab' – premiere

Becca Stevens has revealed the new video for her song ‘Queen Mab’, which we’re premiering on The Independent. It follows the journey of an albino child fleeing for his life – and hopes to highlight the persecution of albino people in Tanzania.  All proceeds from the single will go to the Salif Keita Global Foundation, which was founded by Malian musician ...

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Starbucks launches Nitro Cold Brew Coffee to their UK stores

Starbucks is bringing its Nitro Cold Brew coffee to the UK giving loyal iced coffee customers a new way to enjoy their favourite tipple. The brand has been selling the beverage across the pond in the U.S. for a while now, but from today onwards you’ll finally be able to buy it here. So what is it? Nitro Cold Brew ...

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Half of UK's curry houses could shut over the next decade due to British healthy eating trends

Britain’s much-loved curry industry is facing an existential threat. According to Yawar Khan, the head of the Asian Catering Foundation which represents more than 35,000 ethnic restaurants and takeaways in the UK, up to 17,000 Indian restaurants are facing closure over the next ten years – a prediction that if proved accurate would deal a major body blow to the ...

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UK self-driving car insurance rules outlined by government

Insurance companies will need to offer two types of protection for self-driving cars in the UK, to cover times when the vehicle is driving itself and times when a human driver is in control, according to government proposals. The plans, which are detailed in the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, enable drivers involved in an accident to claim compensation if ...

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Tottenham vs Gent: What time does it start, what TV channel is it on and where can I watch it?

Tottenham Hotspur intend to join Manchester United in the Europa League’s last-16, but they must first negotiate their way past Gent. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will have to overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit after Jeremy Perbet’s goal handed an advantage to the Belgium Pro League side. Danny Rose is still missing with a knee injury, though the full-back is nearing a return, ...

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