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Rise in recorded sexual crime in Scotland

Recorded sexual crime was up 13% last year, following new legislation outlawing acts such as circulating intimate photographs.

Sexual crimes increased from 11,092 in 2016/17 to 12,487 in 2017/18 – the highest level seen since 1971.

The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual ...

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‘Darkness and evil prevail’ as Duterte critic arrested in Philippines

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic in Congress has been arrested after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV walked out of the Senate, where he has taken refuge ...

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Funding boost to health project for Malawian women

Women in Malawi are being given funding to help make and sell reusable sanitary products, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The £13,000 award is going to the Perth-based charity Freedom from Fistula, which provides free maternity care and surgery to women injured in childbirth. ...

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Ryanair cancels 190 flights amid cabin crew strike

Budget airline Ryanair has cancelled 190 flights scheduled for Friday because of strikes by cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Germany.

The flights represent 8% of the 2,400 originally scheduled.

The airline said in a statement that all ...

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Conservationists warn beluga reported in Thames could be ‘in trouble’

A rare beluga whale reported to be swimming in the Thames could be “in trouble”, conservationists have warned.

Ecologist Dave Andrews tweeted footage of the marine mammal, which he said was swimming in the river off Coalhouse Fort, Essex.

He said: ...

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Pochettino wants his players to earn their spurs – wherever they play

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will not let his side playing their Carabao Cup game against Watford in Milton Keynes become a possible excuse for failure.

Spurs will play the third-round clash at the home of League Two side MK Dons on Wednesday night as their new stadium is not ...

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Sauber recruit Antonio Giovinazzi to partner Kimi Raikkonen for 2019

Formula One team Sauber have announced Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi will complete their new-look racing line-up alongside Kimi Raikkonen.

Sauber confirmed earlier this month that Finn Raikkonen would be joining them at the end of the season and Giovinazzi will partner him, ...

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Saunders fined and warned by British Boxing Board of Control over video

Billy Joe Saunders has been fined £100,000 and given a severe reprimand about his future conduct after video footage emerged of him appearing to offer a woman drugs.

Saunders’ actions were filmed from his car and seemingly show him offering £150 worth of drugs to ...

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Pochettino cannot understand obsession over team selection

Mauricio Pochettino cannot understand why people get so obsessed with team selection in this country.

The Tottenham boss clashed with journalists last week after he was questioned about his decision to leave Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld at home for their Champions League ...

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Tiger Woods aiming to build on Tour Championship win with Ryder Cup success

After ending his own winless streak in unforgettable fashion in the Tour Championship, Tiger Woods has his sights set on ending an even lengthier team drought to improve his personal Ryder Cup record.

Woods completed one of the greatest comebacks in sport after holding his ...

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Hazard can fulfil potential at Chelsea – Zola

Gianfranco Zola believes Eden Hazard can fulfil his true potential at Chelsea under head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Zola returned to Chelsea as Sarri’s assistant, 15 years after ending a glorious playing spell at Stamford Bridge, and says his fellow Italian has opened his eyes to a ...

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All you need to know about the Government’s no-deal Brexit papers

The Government has so far published 77 technical notices giving guidance on the impact of a no-deal exit from the European Union.

The documents, which have been published in batches on the website since the end of August, cover a range of areas from roaming charges for mobile ...

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Sean Gallagher hits out at RTE over debate schedule

Businessman and Irish presidential candidate Sean Gallagher has criticised the state broadcaster after it scheduled the first presidential debate at a time that clashes with Michael D Higgins’s engagements.

The presidential hopeful said the clash could “easily have been ...

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Life expectancy of Scots falls for first time in 35 years

Life expectancy in Scotland has fallen for the first time in 35 years, official figures have revealed.

Males born in the period 2015 to 2017 can expect to live until the age of 77, new data from National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed, while girls born over the same ...

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No audit for 317,000 euro payment to president, accounts committee told

An allowance of up to 317,000 euro a year has been paid to each president since 1998 that is not audited, taxed or scrutinised, the Dail’s public accounts committee has been told.

The committee, which is examining the expenditure of the Office of the President, heard ...

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Couple attacked in front of children in own home

Police are hunting for three masked men who carried out a “despicable” attack  on a couple in their home in front of two young children.

The attackers  were dressed in white forensic type suits, with their faces covered with masks.

The men were armed ...

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Next boss warns no-deal Brexit could cause gridlock at ports

The boss of retail giant Next has warned over the threat of gridlock at ports and price hikes from increased tariffs if the UK crashes out of the European Union with no deal.

Chief executive Lord Simon Wolfson – a prominent Brexit supporter – has called on the ...

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Anthony Joshua’s potential opponents

Anthony Joshua is on the prowl for another mega-fight after disposing of mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at the weekend to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

A number of challengers have been linked with Joshua, who will return to Wembley Stadium on April 13 for ...

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Isco set for spell on sidelines after appendicitis surgery

Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been ruled out of the Madrid derby after being diagnosed with appendicitis, the club have announced.

The reigning Champions League winners did not put a timescale on the 26-year-old’s recovery, but he will definitely miss Saturday’s clash ...

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Massimiliano Allegri expects another tough test when Juventus take on Bologna

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is ready for another stern test against Bologna on Wednesday as his side bid for a sixth straight Serie A win.

The Bianconeri left it late to notch win number five at Frosinone on Sunday to stay three points clear at the top of the table. ...

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Blood scandal inquiry urged to ‘look into Department of Health’s dark corners’

Authorities were “engaged in a complicity of silence”, the mother of one of the victims of the infected blood scandal has said.

Della Hirsch, whose 35-year-old son Nick died having contracted hepatitis C as a result of his haemophilia treatment, said: “Science ...

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