Flash Day jailed for hiring hitman to kill stepfather

A man has been jailed for life for hiring a hitman to kill his stepfather. Flash Day, 46, of Colchester, was angry about not being the sole inheritor of John Sales’ house. Chelmsford Crown Court heard he hired Ryan Hynes, 22, who stabbed Mr Sales 11 times with a “Rambo-style knife” – wounding him in the face, head, neck, chest, ...

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Andrew Dobson jailed for 'child-like' sex doll import bid

A man has been jailed for trying to import an “obscene” child-like sex doll, in what police say is the first case of its kind in the UK. Andrew Dobson, from Crewe, was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail and has been put on the sex offenders register for life. Following the discovery of the doll – ...

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Exeter academy skirt boys win right to wear shorts

Boys who wore skirts to school in a protest have won the right to wear shorts to lessons from next year. The boys from Exeter’s ISCA Academy had been told shorts were banned because they were not part of the uniform. But the school has now said “as summers are becoming hotter” shorts will be brought in as uniform next ...

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Woman assaulted on crowded bus 'for wearing shorts during Ramadan'

A woman has been struck in the face on an Istanbul bus after a man allegedly asked her if she was “ashamed” to be wearing shorts during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Footage has circulated online of university student Asena Melisa Saglem being slapped by the man as he walked past her. She chased after him as he was leaving the bus, ...

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Israeli airline told not to move women on flights to please Orthodox Jewish men

Israel’s national airline, El Al, has been told by a court in Jerusalem that it must not ask women to move in order to spare a man from having to sit next to her. In a case brought by the progressive Israeli Religious Action Centre, Judge Dana Cohen-Lekah said: “Under absolutely no circumstances can a crew member ask a passenger ...

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Jeremy Corbyn will look to 'force an early general election' as poll gives him lead for the first time

Jeremy Corbyn has said he will look to “force an early general election” after claiming it was “ludicrous” to suggest Theresa May could stay in power. The Labour leader made the claim before speaking at Unison’s annual conference in Brighton and also added he was pleased with the party’s recent surge in opinion polls. Mr Corbyn’s approval rating has been ...

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North Korea calls Donald Trump a 'psychopath' following death of Otto Warmbier

A North Korean state-run newspaper has called Donald Trump a “psychopath” and suggested the US President would be willing to launch a nuclear strike against Pyongyang to distract from America’s own domestic problems. The comments, made in an article in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, came after an American student who had been jailed in North Korea died following a medical evacuation. ...

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Kraftwerk 3-D at the Royal Albert Hall, London: Reconfiguring what a pop act can be – and how it can look

It is hard to conflate the reverence with which groundbreaking German electronic group Kraftwerk are held today with the reception they received when they first arrived in the UK in 1975. In the excessive age of glam and prog rock, Kraftwerk turned up to play half-full venues looking like investment bankers, creating alien music without a guitar in sight. Misunderstood, ...

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These are the key questions we need to ask about Theresa May's 'generous offer' to EU citizens

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Given that some of the issues are technically complex and politically charged – as well as likely to be an administrative nightmare – we will only know whether the UK’s offer is actually a good one when we see the detail Click here to Read from the source

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