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Anger at Met Police’s two page snub on vigil for Sarah Everard
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Anger at Met Police’s two page snub on vigil for Sarah Everard

Cressida Dick was clinging on as head of the Metropolitan Police today despite anger behind the scenes over an official Scotland Yard report into the Clapham Commonvigil that the Standard has learned was “defiant” in tone and ran to just two pages. The Met Commissioner’s position looked safe for the time being when a senior Downing Street source told the...

‘It opens a window of hope’: case will potentially set precedent for sexual violence survivors in Colombia
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‘It opens a window of hope’: case will potentially set precedent for sexual violence survivors in Colombia

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights will hear testimony on Monday from a Colombian journalist who was kidnapped, tortured and raped while reporting on her country’s civil war, in a case which could set a precedent for thousands of survivors of sexual violence in the Andean nation. Jineth Bedoya, who has been pursuing justice for...

Doorstep lender Provident Financial reveals FCA investigation
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Doorstep lender Provident Financial reveals FCA investigation

The doorstep lender Provident Financial has said it could put its consumer credit division into administration unless borrowers agree to a scheme that will sharply reduce compensation payments following a surge in customer complaints. The high-cost lender also revealed it was facing a regulatory investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority into a string of issues including whether...

Sri Lanka to ban burqa and close 1,000 Islamic schools
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Sri Lanka to ban burqa and close 1,000 Islamic schools

Sri Lanka has announced plans to ban the wearing of burqas and said it would close more than 1,000 Islamic schools known as madrassas, citing national security. The minister of public security, Sarath Weerasekara, said he had signed a paper on Friday seeking the approval of the cabinet of ministers to ban burkas – outer...

Podemos leader quits as deputy PM to run for top Madrid post
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Podemos leader quits as deputy PM to run for top Madrid post

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the hard-left party Podemos and a deputy prime minister in Spain’s ruling coalition, has said he is stepping down to run for head of the Madrid region. “I have informed [the prime minister] Pedro Sánchez about my decision to leave my post in government when the campaign begins,” he said in a...

Elon Musk changes his Tesla job title to ‘technoking’
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Elon Musk changes his Tesla job title to ‘technoking’

Elon Musk, the billionaire chief executive of Tesla with a penchant for eccentric behaviour, has changed his job title to “technoking” of the electric car manufacturer. In addition to Musk, who also retains his position as chief executive, the company’s financial chief, Zach Kirkhorn, has been rebranded as “master of coin”. Kirkhorn’s job title change...