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Grant Cameron, left, and Karl Williams allege they were beaten and electrocuted after being imprisoned in Dubai

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The prison where the Londoners will be held is at least relatively safe and clean

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Tunisia: Yacht of ex-dictator’s nephew returned

The government has recovered a yacht that once belonged to the nephew of the deposed dictator.

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Actress Miranda Richardson, chair of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, has hit out at the vitriol aimed at Hilary Mantel’s on-going awards success, calling it a “hideous” British trait.

Tunisia receives first retrieval of cash looted by ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

Tunisia has received $28.8m (£18.7m) in the first retrieval of what it calls looted assets held abroad by ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family.

Cyprus: a haircut for the people, a pay cut for President Nicos Anastasiades – but banks open amid tight security and cash restrictions that could last a month

Restrictions could be fully lifted in a month, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides says

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British charities launch first joint Syria appeal

Four British charities have publicly admitted for the first time that they are operating inside Syria on the eve of a major appeal for the stricken Middle Eastern nation which is being launched tomorrow by the Disaster Emergency Committee.

Slough MP Fiona McTaggart has given a cheque for more than £14,000 to Comic Relief after an impromptu Twitter drive

Slough MP Fiona MacTaggart donates over £14,000 after Comic Relief tweet takes off

MP says generosity 'should hurt a bit'

David Cameron tries to shed 'posh boy' image with promise of opportunity

David Cameron will today try to tackle his “posh boy” image by promising to transform the life chances of young people who did not enjoy his privileged background.

A view of the gates outside Anfield

Liverpool announce £21.8 million debt increase

Ian Ayre notes money dropped on unsuccessful buys

Retail chains shut 20 shops a day

Store closures in 2012 were 10 times the number on the year before

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