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Editorial: Botched in courtroom translation

The chaos that has descended on the translation facilities available to Britain's courtrooms is an object lesson in how not to privatise a public service. Court officials have had to scramble to find qualified interpreters at short notice. There has been a sharp rise in delayed and abandoned trials. Individuals have been kept needlessly in jail on remand. And the quality of interpreters has at times been appalling. All this is contained in a withering assessment of the new system by the Public Accounts Committee.

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More than 80 puppies have been seized by police during an investigation into dog trafficking and the alleged sale of dogs on the internet.

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Bruno Fernandes is accused of luring the mother of his child to a ranch and killing her

Brazilian footballer 'fed former lover to his dogs'

A Brazilian football star has gone on trial for orchestrating what prosecutors claim is the gruesome murder of the mother of his child.

Cell transplants enable paralysed dogs to walk

Dogs that had lost the use of their back legs as a result of spinal injuries were able to walk again after a revolutionary transplant operation, offering new hope to paralysed patients, scientists said.

Revolutionary transplant operation could benefit paralysed patients, say scientists

Dogs that had lost the use of their back legs as a result of spinal injuries were able to walk again after a revolutionary transplant operation that might also benefit paralysed patients, scientists said.

Lowe says: 'I go into nude shoots as another character. If I went in as little old me I wouldn't have the confidence to do it'

Daisy Lowe: 'I'd rather be nice and warm at home than go out and get drunk'

Getting snapped at fashion events is part of the package – even if the pictures that come out [in the media] can sometimes be bad. I wish you could delete bad photos in newspapers, like you can [untag them] on Facebook.

The shapeshifting Jacob Black in his werewolf state in ‘Twilight’

Twilight films prompt 120% increase in abandoned ‘wolf dogs’

Wolf-like dog breeds are being handed in to rescue centres in growing numbers because of the success of the Twilight films, an animal charity says.

Lack of training leads to rise in problem dogs

More than one million dogs in the UK are displaying “problem behaviour”, causing children to become frightened of family pets, according to a veterinary charity.

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There were renewed calls last night for tougher laws on dangerous dogs after a great grandmother died after an apparent mauling at the hands of her daughter's five dogs.

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