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The Potters will have to loan out the 21-year-old

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China crushes six tonnes of ivory in crackdown on illegal trade

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An estimated 31 per cent of schools did not consult parents before using the biometric technology

Cambridge University librarian battles Home Office to allow his Chinese wife to stay in Britain

David Rushmer claims he and his wife are being treated like "political pawns"

January 1st is celebrated as a de facto birthday for thousands of Afghans who don’t know when they were born

Happy birthday to the Afghans who don’t know when they were born

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A Greek archipelago for €8.5m, a Maltese passport for €1m and Polish castles going for a song... welcome to the great European fire sale

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Hawaiian woman with 36-character name finally receives ID card with it printed in full

Janice ‘Lokelani’ Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele’s old licence only had space for her last name and missed off the final letter

Patients could receive emergency care and the NHS could recoup the cost later

Migrants will have to pay at A&E – and all patients will have to prove they are not foreigners to get free NHS treatment

New government plans mean patients must prove they are not  foreigners – or be charged for life-saving treatment

26 members of the so-called 'Arctic 30' pictured at the beginning of December

Russia formally drops criminal charges against Arctic 30 Greenpeace activists

The protesters and two freelance journalists, including six Britons - were arrested after Russian authorities boarded their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, during an anti-drilling demonstration in September

The former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands next to a poster of himself, part of the Wall Museum exhibition near the old Berlin Wall

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Speaking for the first time since his release, Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he will campaign for fellow inmates in Russia and across the world but will not challenge President Putin’s authority

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