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The lead singer of rock band The Zutons, who broke a man's nose after his girlfriend was insulted, was today ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work and compensate his victim.

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The European Parliament awarded its top human rights prize yesterday to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas, whose hunger strike helped pressure Havana into freeing political prisoners.

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Album: Various artists, Afrocubism (World Circuit)

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Blair knew of Guantanamo torture in 2002, lawyers claim

Tony Blair was alerted to allegations of torture involving UK nationals held in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay within months of the "War on Terror" beginning, lawyers claimed yesterday.

Blair 'knew of torture allegations in 2002'

Lawyers claim secret Government documents show Tony Blair knew as early as January 2002 of allegations of torture involving UK nationals held in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

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Zutons singer guilty of club assault

The lead singer of rock band The Zutons, who broke a man's nose after his girlfriend was insulted, was convicted of assault today.

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Laid-off Cuban workers told to raise rabbits

Cuba's communist leaders have drawn up plans to help 500,000 redundant state workers find jobs in the private sector – raising rabbits, painting buildings, making bricks, collecting garbage and piloting ferries across Havana's bay.

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