Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is deputy editor of the cross-party blog Speaker's Chair, and contributing editor of Shifting Grounds.

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Piracy in Somalia has become a major cause for British concern

Fresh attack as pirate season off coast of Somalia begins

The season for pirate attacks in the Arabian Sea has begun with an attack on a dhow, according to a UK maritime security company.

Scientists study dementia proteins

Scientists are to launch a major study of little-known proteins they believe are a contributing factor to diseases such as dementia and multiple sclerosis.

Derek Jameson's widow pays tribute to the broadcaster at his funeral

The widow of veteran broadcaster and former Fleet Street editor Derek Jameson paid tribute to an “incredible character” at his funeral service today.

Down's Syndrome man takes legal action over 'do not resuscitate' order

A man with Down's Syndrome is taking legal action against an NHS trust after a do not resuscitate (DNR) order was put on his file without the knowledge of his next of kin.

Police to be prosecuted over death

Two police officers are to be prosecuted for misconduct in public office following the death of a 52-year-old man while under police restraint.

Surrey Police Authority pulls out of privatisation scheme following G4S Olympics shambles

A police authority has confirmed that it is pulling out of a privatisation scheme following the failure of security firm G4S to provide enough guards for the Olympics.

Two Kent Police officers to be charged after man dies while being restrained

Two police officers are to be prosecuted for misconduct in public office following the death of a 52-year-old man while under police restraint.

Man remanded over Kent hospital fires

A 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with starting a series of fires including at two hospitals, according to police.

Royal Navy minehunter returns from Gulf duty

A sailor has been reunited with his baby daughter after spending more than seven months at sea on board a Royal Navy mine hunter.

Parasite responsible for shrimp sex-change problem, says scientists

A gender-bending parasite has been discovered which is believed to be responsible for turning male shrimps and other crustaceans into females.

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