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March 24th, 2017 by admin

Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels began a boomtime in crime fiction on television and in bookshops – and we are still feeling its effects

“Game-changer” is a word Colin Dexter, who died this week, would almost certainly have loathed. But it exactly describes what Dexter himself was, via TV’s Inspector Morse. Though it might seem his legacy is limited to a handful of novels, it is actually far larger than that: publishers’ insatiable enthusiasm today for crime fiction, the shelf space bookshops now allocate to it, the number of writers making a living from it.

Related: Colin Dexter obituary

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March 24th, 2017 by admin

Thirty years on, Essex police continue to withhold crucial material related to one of Britain’s most infamous criminal cases

Thirty years after Jeremy Bamber was convicted of murdering five members of his family, he is still awaiting full disclosure of evidence that he believes could clear him. It is a shocking state of affairs. And for those who believe he is an innocent man, it heaps injustice upon injustice.

The White House Farm murders, which occurred in August 1985 in Essex, led to one of the most infamous criminal cases of the 20th century. Both of Bamber’s parents, his sister Sheila and her six-year-old twin sons were killed. Initially, it was reported that Sheila, who had had severe mental health problems and had been hospitalised with schizophrenia, had gone “berserk” with one of her father’s guns. But soon attention turned on Bamber, a handsome young man with a superior air who cut an unsympathetic figure. Aged 24, he was convicted of the five killings, on the strength of questionable circumstantial evidence. Today he is one of a few dozen prisoners in Britain serving a whole-life sentence in a high-security prison.

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March 24th, 2017 by admin

Trump issued an ultimatum after the vote was postponed on his bill to replace Obamacare, raising fears about his ability to push through other growth-boosting reforms

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Caution on Wall Street last night has carried through to Europe this morning as a subdued trading session gets underway.

Here are the early scores:

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Here’s our full story on Trump’s ultimatum:

Related: House plans Friday healthcare vote as Trump gives ultimatum to Republicans

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March 24th, 2017 by admin

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Members of London’s Muslim community have created a LaunchGood page to fundraise for the victims of the Westminster attack.

The project, called Muslims Unite for London, has so far raised almost £18,000.

The British Muslim community stands with all Britons and Londoners during these difficult times and extends their support in raising funds to help with the immediate, short-term needs of the families of Keith Palmer, the other victims and the families of the victims. While no amount of money will bring back lives lost or take away from the pain the victims and their families are going through, we hope to lessen their burden in some way. Though this is a Muslim-led campaign, we welcome contributions from our friends from other faiths and none.

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According to reports that are around today, Masood claimed on his CV to have taught English in Saudi Arabia in 2005 and returned to the UK in 2009 when he became a “senior English teacher” at a TEFL college in Luton.

In 2012, he reportedly set up an English language tutoring business, named IQRA, based in Birmingham.

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March 24th, 2017 by admin

A vast proportion of attacks over the 16 years since 9/11 have involved local volunteers attacking local targets

The news that the London attacker was born in Britain and inspired by extremist Islamist ideology was entirely predictable, as was his criminal record.

The standout detail from the sketchy profile we have of Khalid Masood is his age: 52, nearly twice that of most contemporary attackers.

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March 23rd, 2017 by admin

Incident should not be allowed to cause divisions, they say, as faith leaders of all communities due to meet at Scotland Yard

British Muslim leaders have condemned the terrorist attack in Westminster, with many imams expected to express shock and horror at Friday prayers.

More than a dozen faith leaders – Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs – met officers at Scotland Yard on Thursday to discuss responses to the Westminster attack. Before the meeting, the Metropolitan police tweeted:

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March 23rd, 2017 by admin

The country-living controversialist has long had it in for cities, but now the Westminster attack has given her the opportunity to hawk her views to a whole new audience on Fox News

Is there any animal, vegetable or mineral less London than Katie Hopkins? There are bits of the Outer Hebrides that have more of the capital to them than Katie, with her dull, self-satirising snobberies and clear sense that the city – perhaps all cities – are a joke in which no one cares to include her.

Needless to say, madam has rushed straight from the traps to put her stamp on the Westminster terror attack, with a gazillion-word Daily Mail thunk-piece on London. Or as Katie has it: “An entire city of monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Blind. Deaf. And dumb.” Mmm. It’s like that bit in Mean Girls where the girl makes a histrionic speech in front of the whole school and the guy at the back says: “She doesn’t even go here!?”

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March 23rd, 2017 by admin

Human rights groups call for release of men arrested by security forces at Minsk literature festival, and others held as protests rock authoritarian state

Human rights organisations have called on Belarusian authorities to drop all charges immediately against writers, publishers and journalists who have been arrested following a wave of nationwide protests.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said security forces had detained or otherwise obstructed at least 32 people in recent weeks. It was joined by Pen America in protesting against the arrests.

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March 23rd, 2017 by admin

Up to 362 jobs could go, prompting union to accuse bank of turning its back on loyal communities

Royal Bank of Scotland is axing 158 branches, most of them NatWest outlets, with the loss of up to 362 jobs.

The group, which is 73% taxpayer-owned, blamed the move on customers spurning the traditional branch counter service in favour of doing their banking on the internet and mobile phones.

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March 23rd, 2017 by admin

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman dismisses claims that Moscow is linked to the killing of Kremlin critic who left Russia last year and renounced citizenship

A former Russian MP who had fled to Ukraine was shot dead on a busy street in central Kiev on Thursday.

Denis Voronenkov, who had spoken out against Vladimir Putin and Kremlin policies, was shot three times outside the upmarket Premier Palace hotel.

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