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'Poison curry' murderer sentenced to 23-year minimum

A jealous woman who laced her former lover's curry with poison was given a life sentence today for his murder.

Woman killed lover with poison curry

Ex-girlfriend fed man deadly herb not used in a British murder since 1882

Lakhvir Singh faces life in jail for poisoned curry murder

A jealous woman who killed her lover by poisoning his curry was facing a life sentence today after being convicted of his murder.

Juror ill in 'poisoned curry' trial

The case of a woman accused of poisoning her former lover and his new fiancee by spiking their curry did not sit at the Old Bailey today.

Jilted woman 'laced former lover's curry with poison'

A spurned woman poisoned her former lover and his new fiancée by lacing their curry with an ancient poison, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

A fragrant passage to India: Skye Gyngell's curries favour with her spicy dishes

Those familiar with south Indian cuisine will know the wonderful, citrusy but slightly bitter flavour of fresh curry leaves. Thin and pointy in shape, these shiny, deep-green leaves have the most delicious smell.

Tamarind water with coconut and curry leaves

Serves 4-6

I Am The Gloryhunter, by Spencer Austin

The "football supporter's story of a season" genre has been well mined: man follows ups and downs of his team, man visits every League ground with a fridge on his head, and so on. But Spencer Austin has found a new angle.

Liddle under fire over 'racist' blog

Abrasive comments on ethnicity and crime spark fury with fellow 'Spectator' writer threatening to quit in protest

Standards MP under scrutiny over claims

Another member of the committee that regulates MPs' conduct was facing questions over his expenses.

David Curry: 'I'm Yorkshire's second-cheapest MP'

Conservative forced to quit anti-sleaze committee over expenses hits back

Expenses-row MP dismisses 'house ban' claim

The head of the Commons committee that deals with MPs' expenses abuse dismissed an allegation that his wife banned him from the constituency home he claimed for as "akin to Harry Potter" today.

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