Party faces accusations of hypocrisy as zero-hours boss is among backers
File photo: Many schools are reluctant to take action to halt the abuse for fear of further provoking the parents, it is claimed
Online abuse includes personal insults, sexual smears and threats of violence, with unions saying the pressure is becoming 'unbearable'
Russia flexes its military muscle during a parade in Moscow last year
Moscow would use a 'spectrum of responses' if Nato moved more forces into Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
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Novartis tried to prevent experts in the UK from taking part in a trial of Avastin to treat the common eye disorder wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to the British Medical Journal.
Doctors found the treatment was effective despite 'threats'

Hot chocolate is poured into a mug at the MarieBelle store February 28, 2006 in New York City.
Italian woman appears to have not realised sachets were out of date
Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay-Z at the Tidal launch event in New York
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Purvi Patel is the first woman to be jailed for feticide
A Canadian meteorologist Kristi Gordon has described on air the hate mail she has received – simply for being pregnant
Meteorologist Kristi Gordon said she 'expected' the abuse
US Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee making opening remarks at the start of a congressional hearing in Washington, DC. Menendez was indicted on charges of public corruption.
Democrat Robert Menendez is accused of accepting gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for helping a friend get visas for 'several girlfriends'
Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units celebrate in front of the the provincial council building inside the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit on March 31, 2015
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The ex-Mafia boss Domenico Rancadore
Domenico Rancadore - on the run in England for 20 years - beats Italian extradition rap
Fast-food giant to pay at least $1 above minimum wage
The spring-loaded braces can improve walking efficiency by about 7 per cent –like taking 9lbs out of a backpack
Device boosts performance of muscles by absorbing small amounts of energy when the foot hits the ground
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader
Talks have entered a seventh day with assurances agreement was within reach
Rescue workers and investigators collect debris at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes
Officials said they had not seen the footage but did not rule out its existence
Flames are seen escaping from a manhole cover as fire crews tend to the underground cable fire at Lincoln's Inn Fields
Police have declared a 'major incident' after blocks housing businesses and part of the London School of Economics were cleared by the emergency services
The error was visible on the online version of the manifesto
The watermarks denote sample stock photo images
Screen grab from a video released by Diario Campeche Hoy of the Abkatun A-Permanente platform on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound on fire on April 1, 2015. An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated. AFP PHOTO/DIARIO CAMPECHE HOY
Fire at platform forced the evacuation of 300 workers
Mass immigration has made it less safe for kids to play football on the street, according to Ukip (Getty)
Ukip MEP Patrick O'Flynn believes families feel less safe due to immigration and are less likely to let children play in the street

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