Mary Beard posts tearful picture of herself after defence of Oxfam aid workers provokes backlash

Mary Beard has been hit by a wave of criticism following an apparent attempt to rationalise the behaviour of Oxfam aid workers in Haiti, after reports emerged about the alleged sexual exploitation of women and children.  The Cambridge academic, who was recently announced as the new presenter of the TV version of BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row, wrote on Friday that she ...

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Former Education Secretary warns ministers to stop 'kicking around' tuition fees like a 'political football'

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening has called on the Government to press ahead with reforms in higher education, urging ministers to “stop kicking around student finance like a political football”. The comments from Ms Greening, who resigned from Theresa May’s Government last month, come as the Prime Minister prepares to deliver a major speech on education and as Damian Hinds, ...

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How Olympians, and the rest of us, can deal with failure

It’s been said there’s nothing worse than finishing fourth at the Olympics. There have been some amazing performances so far from the athletes who have won medals at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. But behind those who take gold, silver or bronze are stories of personal failures and setbacks for the athletes who never make it to the medal podium. For many, coming ...

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A top GOP donor says he won't write another check to Republicans until they support an assault weapons ban

A major Republican donor issued a remarkable ultimatum on Saturday, vowing to withhold money from GOP candidates unless they support a ban on selling military-style guns to civilians. “It’s the end of the road for me,” Al Hoffman Jr., a prominent Florida real-estate developer, told The New York Times. “For how many years now have we been doing this — ...

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World Vision denies claims staff sexually exploited Haiti earthquake survivors

Government-funded charity World Vision has denied allegations its staff coerced survivors of Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake into having sex.  Paid employees of the evangelical Christian humanitarian aid charity were accused of forcing Haitians to have sex or pay for aid in 2010, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday. But World Vision, where Meghan Markle was a global ambassador from ...

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Timm Klose saves Norwich to deny Mick McCarthy's Ipswich the perfect smash and grab in East Anglian derby

Mick McCarthy was unable to contain himself as his jubilant players ran to celebrate Luke Chambers’ 89th-minute opening goal. “F*** OFF,” the television cameras caught him bellowing, at nobody in particular. And if that’s how he celebrated Ipswich’s late, late goal, Lord only knows what he was muttering to himself exactly five minutes later, as Timm Klose nodded in a ...

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Food standards 'must not be sacrificed to cheap imports' after Brexit, say MPs

High animal welfare, environmental and food standards “must not be sacrificed on the altar of cheap imports,” MPs warned as they called for post-Brexit clarity for agriculture. The Government must not allow imports that have not been produced to UK standards, and should improve country of origin labelling and introduce mandatory “method of production” labels for food after Brexit, they said. ...

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Missing man found dead on Bolton building site

An investigation has been launched after a man was found dead on a building site. The body of 30-year-old Karl Englemark was discovered near Bridgewater Avenue in Bolton, Greater Manchester shortly after 09:30 GMT on 5 February. He had been reported missing from his home in North Manchester four days earlier. Police are trying to trace his movements after post-mortem ...

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West Midlands dog handler impaled on spike back at work

A West Midlands Police dog handler who was impaled on a fence during a chase has returned to work. PC Dan Thomas was responding to reports of a motorbike theft at 03:00 GMT in Sutton Coldfield on 30 December. He had just lifted two-year-old police dog Gil over an 8ft (2.4m) fence when a spike “tore through his bicep” causing ...

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Man found stabbed to death in Kensington street

A 19-year-old man has been stabbed to death in west London. Police discovered the injured victim at about 03:20 GMT after they were called to Logan Place in Kensington over reports of a large number of vehicles in the area. The officers gave first aid and paramedics were called but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Scotland Yard ...

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