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FRANCE: Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam and an accomplice were found guilty of attempted murder yesterday for shooting at police in a Brussels suburb.

The court sentenced Mr Abdelslam and Sofiane Ayari to the maximum 20 years in prison. The pair refused to attend the reading of ...

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Azerbaijan Investigation finds some election observers softened criticism for cash, caviar and carpets

EUROPEAN election observers conducted activity of a “corrupt nature” in Azerbaijan, a Council of Europe investigation has concluded.

Its 10-month investigation into the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) found that some of its members had voted to soften criticism ...

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Armenia Leader ends 10-year rule after soldiers join protesters

THOUSANDS poured into Yerevan’s main square today to celebrate the resignation of Armenian premier Serzh Sargsyan after 11 days of protests.

Mr Sargsyan made the shock announcement a day after he had rejected opposition calls for his resignation.

In a dramatic turnabout Armenia’s ...

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Criminal Justice System Tories accused of ‘totally misleading the public’ over prison staffing crisis

THE government was accused today of “totally misleading the public” over crisis staffing levels in Britain’s prisons.

Justice Secretary David Gauke boasted at the weekend that a recruitment drive launched in 2016 had exceeded its target of 2,500 new prison officers and had resulted ...

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London Marathon 29-year-old dies after collapsing at London Marathon

LONDON marathon organisers said today that 29-year-old Matt Campbell had died after collapsing near the end of yesterday’s race in the hottest conditions ever seen at the event.

Campbell, a chef from north-west England who was a contestant on MasterChef last year, completed the ...

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Men's Rugby Union Hartley to miss England's tour of South Africa

DYLAN HARTLEY was ruled out of the remainder of the season today, including England’s summer tour to South Africa, due to concussion.

The Northampton captain has not played since the final match of the Six Nations, against Ireland at Twickenham, and it has been decided he should ...

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It’s the labour movement’s job to ensure Corbyn is the next prime minister

HOW many union members expected to live to see the day when a Labour leader would tell a union conference he is “proud” to have been a lifelong trade unionist and will die so?

Jeremy Corbyn’s address to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference in Bournemouth confirmed that ...

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Sex attacks on ambulance workers have tripled in the last five years

THE GMB is calling for tough action after shocking new figures revealed that sex attacks on ambulance workers have more than tripled in the last five years.

According to the results of freedom of information requests submitted by the union, there have been at least 688 sexual assaults on ...

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Men's Cricket Coad excels as Yorkshire defeat Nottinghamshire

YORKSHIRE put the finishing touches to a County Championship win by 164 runs over Nottinghamshire at Headingley today, claiming the last two wickets within the first hour of play on day four.

Their fast-progressing seamer Ben Coad finished with six wickets in the second innings and 10 in ...

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CWU Conference ’18 Corbyn brings down the house with speech on the importance of the labour movement

JEREMY CORBYN brought down the house at the CWU conference today with a speech emphasising the importance of the trade union movement to the Labour Party.

The Labour leader arrived on stage to a standing ovation, telling delegates: “I have been a trade unionist all my life and I’m very ...

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Interview McStrikers have captured the zeitgeist – look how many people they inspire

McDONALD’S workers planning to strike on May Day know that they have the fast-food behemoth rattled.

Last autumn’s strike was among the most successful actions taken by trade unions anywhere in the country that year, prompting McDonald’s to announce an end to using zero-hours ...

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Culture Archaeologists condemn ‘sad and retrograde’ plans to build tunnel near Stonehenge

TOP archaeologists responsible for recent discoveries at Stonehenge united yesterday to condemn a government agency’s “sad and retrograde” plans for a road tunnel close to the monument.

The 22 experts, who have carried out research at the World Heritage Site for 10 years, warned that ...

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Usdaw Conference ’18 Female and ethnic-minority members urged to fight for equality

USDAW leaders urged female and ethnic-minority members to stand against the common enemy and fight for social equality today.

At the union’s equalities fringe meeting in Blackpool, which celebrated the 150th foundation of the TUC and the centenary of female suffrage, general ...

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Usdaw Conference ’18 Retail workers call for a ban on zero-hours contracts

RETAIL workers called for a ban on zero-hours contracts tpday, condemning the number of insecurely employed workers as “absolutely unjustifiable.”

Usdaw delegates condemned the fact that about 2.3 million workers are on zero-hours contracts or reliant on agency work.

The ...

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Azerbaijan Investigation finds some election observers softened criticism for cash, caviar and carpets

EUROPEAN election observers conducted activity of a “corrupt nature” in Azerbaijan, a Council of Europe investigation has concluded.

Its 10-month investigation into the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) found that some of its members had voted to soften criticism ...

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Men's Football Warnock denies bad blood between Cardiff and Derby

NEIL WARNOCK played down the any notion of bad blood between promotion-chasing Cardiff and Derby today after their Championship game was postponed in controversial circumstances last month.

The two clubs will meet at Pride Park tonight, 37 days after the original fixture was postponed when ...

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CWU Conference ’18 CWU members reject motion of support for the Labour Campaign for Free Movement

CWU members rejected a motion calling for the union to support the Labour Campaign for Free Movement yesterday evening.

The union’s general secretary Dave Ward said the motion was “about pushing Labour beyond where it is now” into “essentially the same ‘stay in Europe’ ...

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Men's Football SFA appoint Maxwell as new chief executive

THE Scottish Football Association announced the appointment of Ian Maxwell today as the new chief executive of the governing body, replacing Stewart Regan who quit the role in February.

Maxwell, who is currently managing director of Partick Thistle, will take up his new position at the end ...

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Mexico Protesters mark the 43rd month of the mass kidnapping of 43 students

PROTESTERS marked the 43 months since the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico today.

The students, known as the Ayotzinapa 43, have been missing, presumed dead, since their kidnap by local police in Iguala, a town in the south-western state of Guerrero, on September 26 ...

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CWU Conference ’18 CWU members overwhelmingly back call to affiliate to Momentum

CWU members voted overwhelmingly to affiliate to Momentum at the union’s annual conference in Bournemouth yesterday.

Senior deputy general secretary Tony Kearns called on delegates to endorse the national executive committee (NEC) decision last July to affiliate to the campaign group, ...

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Middle East: Yazidi candidate in Iraqi elections vows to step up efforts to rescue missing women kidnapped by Isis

Yazidi woman Ronak Ali Yazdin has returned to Iraq to stand in the forthcoming elections, vowing to step up efforts to rescue thousands of women kidnapped by Isis.

Ms Yazdin, who has been living in Sweden for 10 years, is standing as a candidate on the KDP list in her home town of Shariya ...

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