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Ten-point penalty lets off 'cheats', says Hearn

The Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn insists clubs that go into administration are "cheating" and called for such cases to be punished by a two-division relegation.

Christian 'homosexual cure' conference sparks protests

Being gay is not an illness, say demonstrators as they picket Belfast church

Burnham's warning on cost of caring for the old

Forcing people to pay in advance is only way to ensure peace of mind, minister says

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Vital documents remain secret

Tony Blair's long-awaited appearance at the Iraq inquiry looked set to be hampered last night after the Government refused to declassify crucial documents relating to his decision to take Britain to war.

South Africa coach Arthur to resign

Mickey Arthur's tenure as South Africa coach looks certain to come to an end tomorrow, amid widespread reports that he has tendered his resignation.

Hundreds protest at climate talks

Hundreds of campaigners staged protests inside and outside the UN climate talks today as security was ramped up for the arrival of world leaders for the closing days of the negotiations.

Jane Merrick: The more money Blair makes, the cheaper he becomes

Listening to Tony Blair, as prime minister, making a speech was often a moving experience. His labour conference address of 2001, days after the 9/11 attacks; the short and staccato signing off in the Commons as he left office.

Brown in U-turn over tax relief for childcare

Gordon Brown has ditched plans to scrap tax relief on childcare vouchers after coming under pressure from Labour backbenchers.

Economic power shift from West to East is poised to gather pace

The next few years will see a dramatic acceleration in the shift of global economic power eastwards, according to the latest predictions from The Conference Board, an international network of leading business figures.

Cuts warning over family courts

A senior judge warned yesterday that family courts are near "breaking point" and are being undermined by heavy budget cuts. The courts already face lengthy delays, a scarcity of expert witnesses and strains caused by increased media access – pressures that could jeopardise child welfare, Mr Justice Coleridge said.

Parties face new rules to end 'white men's club'

Details of candidates should be revealed to end discrimination, says inquiry

Parties to be forced to declare minority applicants

Political parties are to be forced to declare how many women, ethnic minority and disabled applicants they reject as potential parliamentary candidates under cross-party plans backed by Commons Speaker John Bercow.

Benefits could be axed to fund care for the elderly

Central plank of Queen's Speech in danger of collapsing after attack from all sides

ET phone Rome: Vatican hosts alien life study

The Vatican has hosted a conference to study the possibility of alien life in the universe and its implication for the Catholic Church.

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Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

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