Cameroon’s Boys’ Brigade is among those barred

Boys' Brigade's African visitors denied visas

Youth charity's global celebrations marred as Home Office refuses to allow delegates entry

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The rupee rules at the wicket today. But can the old game survive in a new economic era?

Cambodian government ready to discuss power-sharing with opposition after contentious election

Both sides appear poles apart on how to resolve political stalemate following accusations of widespread fraud against ruling party

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's father considers FBI request for him to visit son in Moscow

Lonnie Snowden has told Russian TV that he needs to know what the FBI want him to do before flying out to see his son

Exclusive: Met dragged into blue-chip hacking saga as MPs demand Hogan-Howe releases details on rogue investigators

Scotland Yard was dragged into the blue-chip hacking scandal last night after Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was asked to release suppressed information from four little-known investigations into rogue private detective agencies.

Apple has been criticised for shipping jobs abroad, to companies such as Foxconn in China

'Even worse than Foxconn': Apple rocked by child labour claims

China Labour Watch links 'competitive advantages' offered by illegal labour practices with plans for a new, cheaper iPhone

Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP

Public 'impotent in their judgment' without names over blue-chip hacking, say MPs

Home Secretary expected to announce this week that private investigators will be regulated for first time

Supporters of Egypt's top military officer, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi rally over a bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo

Two killed as tens of thousands flock to Cairo's Tahrir Square - the home of the 2011 revolution that is now army territory

A Cairo plaza that was once the crucible of a revolt against tyranny was transformed into a plaything of Egypt’s conservative military yesterday, as tens of thousands of people flocked into Tahrir Square to show their support for an expected army operation to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison

IPCC to investigate Hillsborough police offier Sir Norman Bettison over report on anti-racism campaigner

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said police systems may have been misused

Jim Armitage: Visa system is a brake on our world-beaters

Outlook: The microchip designer Arm Holdings is such a fabulous success story one almost has to pinch oneself to believe it is British. Yesterday it reported that more than 2 billion iPhones, iPads, smart TVs and other devices containing its chips had been shipped around the world in the past three months alone. At a time when few companies are reporting serious revenue growth (see Glaxo's 2 per cent above), Arm's were up 24 per cent in the quarter at $264m (£172m).

This is an interior view of The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft, which features LED lighting and tablet technology.
Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

Tablet-controlled with ambient lighting: Inside Boeing's next-gen spaceship

New CST-100 will shuttle NASA astronauts up to the ISS

Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant is denied access to the United States for the second pre-season in a row

The midfielder's previous criminal convictions mean that he'll have to remain in the UK while the rest of the squad head off on a three-match tour of America

Dubai rape case: Norwegian woman receives 'pardon' after being jailed

Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv's sentencing to 16 months last week caused outrage in the West

Public concerns over the retention of personal data by police, hospitals and the security services are thought to have led to an upsurge of privacy actions – which have increased by 22 per cent in the last year

Privacy actions up 22% as public fights storage of personal information on ‘big brother’ databases

A sharp rise in the number of privacy hearings in British courts has been fuelled by requests for “irrelevant” personal information to be removed from police and other state databases, figures show.

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