Ninety politicians, lawyers and health experts call for drug law change

Ninety politicians, lawyers and health experts call for drug law change

A group of more than 90 people, including celebrities, politicians, lawyers and medical experts have written a letter to the Prime Minister calling for a review of the laws on drugs, reports the BBC. The letter, drafted by drug charity Release, calls on the Government to consider a change in the law so that the possession of any drug is no longer a crime, freeing authorities to focus on the supply chain.

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Finance: Lender Wonga rapped for using fake law firms in debt chase

Finance: Lender Wonga rapped for using fake law firms in debt chase

The payday loan company Wonga has been ordered to pay £2.6m in compensation after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found they had used fake law firms to chase customers in debt, reports the BBC. The payday loan market has soared in the wake of the credit crunch, with companies such as Wonga thriving on demand for quick access to small quantities of cash to tide borrowers over until payday. In fact Wonga is the largest…

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Liverpool FC considers extraordinary legal action

Liverpool FC considers extraordinary legal action

Liverpool Football Club are taking legal advice after star striker Luis Suarez was banned from all football activity for four months by the world football governing body FIFA for biting an opponent during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, reports The Independent. The Uruguay forward shocked the footballing world this week after being caught on camera sinking his teeth into the shoulder of opponent Georgio Chiellini in his side’s last group game against Italy. 

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Government believes 48,000 have obtained visas by fraud

Government believes 48,000 have obtained visas by fraud

The Government estimates that as many as 48,000 people may have fraudulently obtained the language certificates necessary to obtain a visa, despite being unable to speak English to an appropriate standard, reports the BBC. It was widely known that the English language requirements for a UK visa were being bypassed by some students who arrived on UK higher education courses with a poor grasp of English. However, now the true scale of the problem has…

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Dutch firm markets the world’s first e-cannabis cigarette

Dutch firm markets the world’s first e-cannabis cigarette

A Dutch business has become the world’s first to market an electric cannabis cigarette, following in the footsteps of the success of e-cigarettes, reports the Metro. E-cigarettes have taken the market by storm, offering those wishing to quit smoking conventional cigarettes an alternative to traditional chewing gums and patches with a vaporiser powered by battery. The devices have proved popular with consumers who can use the devices indoors, enjoy having something to hold in the…

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Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks cleared but Andy Coulson found guilty

Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks cleared but Andy Coulson found guilty

The phone-hacking trial reached a dramatic conclusion yesterday as a jury found former News of the World Editor Rebekah Brooks innocent of all charges, but convicted her former lover and former Tory Head of Communications Andy Coulson, guilty of conspiring to hack phones, reports the BBC. The phone-hacking scandal burst into the public consciousness after it emerged that journalists at the former Sunday newspaper the News of the World had been hacking the voicemails of…

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Government plans new laws against discrimination in schools

Government plans new laws against discrimination in schools

The UK Government has announced plans to introduce new laws designed to combat discrimination in schools, and will also legislate to ensure schools challenge religious prejudice and homophobia, reports the BBC. A consultation document produced by the Department for Education will sound out plans to challenge schools to do more to take on discriminatory views held by students, staff and parents. The announcement comes in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal involving some schools…

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Journalists shocked by Egypt sentence

Journalists shocked by Egypt sentence

Two UK journalists have expressed their shock after being sentenced by an Egyptian court to ten years in prison for a charge of ‘falsifying the news’, reports the BBC. The two journalists were convicted in absentia of ‘falsifying news’ along with three colleagues working at the Al-Jazeera news network. Sue Turton and Dominic Kane responded to the sentence by saying there had been a miscarriage of justice. Both have avoided jail as they are not…

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Gay marriage: Canon Jeremy Pemberton loses clergy rights

Gay marriage: Canon Jeremy Pemberton loses clergy rights

A gay clergyman who became the first in the UK to be married under new same-sex marriage legislation has had permissions to carry out various roles curtailed by the Church of England, reports the BBC. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 allowed same-sex marriages to be conducted in the UK for the first time, with ceremonies beginning in earnest earlier in 2014. The law prohibits the Churches of England and Wales from performing any…

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American customer sues British Airways over flight error

American customer sues British Airways over flight error

An American customer of British Airways is suing the airline in an American court hoping to recover damages after being taken to Grenada in the Caribbean instead of Granada in Spain by mistake, reports The Independent. Edward Gamson is an American citizen of Spanish-Jewish heritage, who has a passion for Islamic art. Mr Gamson and his partner had saved for two years to afford first-class tickets to Granada, the capital of Moorish Spain located in…

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