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Scissor ban for haircut assault man

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Robin van Persie bagged a hat-trick as Arsenal thumped Blackburn 7-1 at the Emirates in the Premier League. On-loan Thierry Henry scored the final goal in the romp.

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Thierry Henry has challenged his old Arsenal team-mates to kick-start their season with victory over arch-rivals Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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Emmanuel Adebayor will return to his former club

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David Lammy suggested curbs on physical discipline may have contributed to last summer’s riots

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Smacking and other violent forms of discipline are likely to be harmful to the long-term development of children, a study into the effects of physical punishment has claimed.

Big Brother is watching: the CCTV that talks back

The voice is calm, American and insistent: "Stop, this is a restricted area and your photograph is being taken. It will be sent for processing if you don't leave the area now."

Assad's tanks withdraw from opposition-held town

Syrian government tanks and armoured vehicles have pulled back from an embattled mountain town near Damascus, witnesses said, as a month-long Arab League fact-finding mission expired.

Six people were shot dead by Syrian forces while protesting against President Bashar al-Assad (pictured)

Assad warns crackdown will continue

Syria's president Bashar Assad has said he will respond to threats against him with an "iron hand" and refused to step down, despite the 10-month-old uprising against him.

Law granting Saleh and his aides immunity angers the opposition

Yemen's cabinet has approved a draft law granting immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides against prosecution for crimes committed during his 33 year-long rule in the impoverished Arabian state.

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