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

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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.

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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.

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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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Renewed calls for tougher dangerous dogs law after great grandmother is mauled to death

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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