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Banking grandee Rupert Hambro and a clutch of Goldman Sachs investment bankers are among private investors who have put £1.5m in a new “intelligent” gifting website.

Police have arrested two people in connection to the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

FGM arrests: Police detain two people in London over the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

Case could result in landmark first ever prosecution for ‘cutting’ in Britain

Queues at Border Control in Terminal Five of London's Heathrow Airport

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Hollidaymakers and business travellers could soon skip arrival hall delays by paying an extra fee

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Eden Hazard has been criticised by Jose Mourinho for losing his passport but the Chelsea manager insists they will now move on from the incident

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refuses to accept Eden Hazard apology after winger loses passport on unsanctioned trip

Hazard will return for the Blues this weekend when they take on West Brom but Mourinho has confirmed that he missed training on Monday after losing his passport in France

The worst is yet to come: Edward Snowden faces a sad and lonely future

History has shown life isn't kind to US intelligence insiders gone rogue

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Are you Great enough for Britain? Home Office launches exclusive invitation-only visa service for world’s most successful business executives

Theresa May promises she will ‘respond to the needs of high-value and high-profile’ tycoons

Living man in Ohio declared ‘legally dead’ despite appearing alive and well before a US judge

US Court tells Donald Miller he has missed the boat when it comes to rejoining the ranks of the living

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Humiliating defeat for Theresa May in Supreme Court appeal over 'stateless' former terror suspect stripped of British citizenship

Former Iraqi refugee Hilal Abdul Razzaq Ali Al-Jedda granted British nationality after fleeing from Saddam Hussein’s regime

Cardiff named best city to be young in the UK

A new poll has named Cardiff the best city in the UK to be aged between 18-30.

Nineteen blue-chip clients of corrupt private investigators are to be investigated for criminal offences

Exclusive: Blue-chip hacking scandal - at last, the investigations into those on Soca list begin

Nineteen companies probed over criminal offences after years of inaction

Simon Calder: Where passing 'without let or hindrance' is an empty hope, starting with the US

Road-weary travellers trying to untangle the red tape involved in a trans-African journey or a rail trip from Moscow to Beijing have long mocked the self-important demand contained in every British passport: "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance".

Sudan protests to US over blocked visa for President Bashir

Sudanese media are reporting that the Foreign Ministry has summoned the US charge d'affaires in Khartoum to protest Washington's failure to grant a visa to the country's president, who faces war crimes charges.

Martina Hingis: Her husband claimed she had cheated on him

Ex-tennis star Martina Hingis 'beat up husband
with mother'

The husband of the former Swiss tennis champion, Martina Hingis, has accused his estranged wife and her mother of assaulting him, claiming he fled to France to escape the pair.

Barclays Bank computer heist: Two in court over £1.3m haul

Two men have appeared in court charged with taking over a bank's computer system to steal £1.3 million.

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