News The pregnant Italian woman who was visiting the UK for work, had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section because she had suffered from mental ill health

Essex Council has said the child, which was removed from mother’s womb against her will, is to be adopted, but top judge has now said any further applications must be heard by him

Oil rig tycoon nets £265m in London listing

Steven Lamprell, the high-living British oil services tycoon based in Dubai, has made £265m after selling a majority stake in his company through a London listing.

Wal-Mart seeks to leave blues behind with a song and dance

If the Stock Arranging Blues are the only morale problem affecting Wal-Mart's 1.8 million employees, then the retailer's army of critics is doomed in its campaign against alleged poverty wages and poor working conditions.

New Look management team receives £25m payout

The management team at New Look, the discount fashion retailer that was taken private in a £700m deal two years ago, has taken around £25m in cash out of the business after raising debt of £359m to fund a payout to its shareholders.

From bargains to masterpieces, June is the month for sales

For anyone wishing to acquire the collecting bug, June is probably the month to start. Whether art, antiques or antiquarian books are your passion, the events are on hand to dip a toe into the market.

Swinton 54 Hunslet 22: Marsh injury takes gloss off Swinton's rise to the summit

Swinton went to the top of National League Two with this victory last night, but did so at a cost, with their talented loose forward, Lee Marsh, taken to hospital.

Obasanjo's bid for third term rejected by Senate

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's dreams of a third term in office appeared to be over after the Senate threw out amendments to the country's constitution that would have allowed him to run in next year's elections.

Hockey: Students learning fast during European bid

Loughborough Students opened their campaign to restore England to the European Indoor Club Championship with a win and a draw in the Trophy event in Ekaterinburg, Russia, yesterday.

Hockey: Reading men maintain pace at top

It was stay-as-you-are in the Men's National League First Division yesterday, with the top three teams all winning. First-placed Reading coasted to a comfortable 4-0 victory against pointless St Albans, while Cannock, in second, beat Canterbury 3-1. Loughborough Students, 5-1 winners at home to Teddington, remain in third place.

Judges `cannot tell juries to convict'

JUDGES ARE under "no circumstances" entitled to direct a jury to return a guilty verdict, the House of Lords ruled yesterday.

Hockey: England duties hamper holders

The National Indoor League gets under way this weekend up and down the country with the women's Premier League sampling a new venue at Rickmansworth Royal Masonic School for Girls. Both Loughborough Students, the men's defending champions, and their women's counterparts Chelmsford, who will be defending their titles, will be handicapped by England's recent commitments in South Africa.

Hockey: Ramsden hat-trick turns the tide for Cannock

Cannock and Reading maintained their 100 per cent records at the top of the National League First Division and have opened up a three-point gap ahead of third placed Loughborough Students.

Hockey: Wooding edges Chelmsford clear

Chelmsford moved one point clear at the top of the Women's National League First Division as they came from behind to beat Slough 2-1 while the overnight leaders, Canterbury, suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Ipswich.

Edwardian gentility of Felixstowe threatened by casino development

Felixstowe is best known as Britain's busiest container port. But the Suffolk town has a more sedate side dating back more than a century, attracting generations of day-trippers to its beaches, amusement arcades and pier. Despite the development of a seafront leisure centre and the Spa Pavilion theatre, the Edwardian resort retains an air of faded gentility, taking particular pride in its seafront gardens.

Hockey: Students top of the class thanks to Bleby's double

Jon Bleby's two goals for Loughborough Students helped them secure a 5-3 win at Chelmsford on Saturday evening.

Hockey: Injuries hit Cannock bid for play-offs

With Reading and Hightown waiting to know their opponents for this season's Premiership play-offs next Sunday, the final preliminary games take place today.

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