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A British-based former teacher embroiled in an international tug-of-love fight with her Russian ex-husband over custody of their two sons has won a “landmark” court ruling in Moscow, lawyers said today.

Research Matters: ‘Graduates with quantitive methods skills are increasingly sought after’

Mention quantitive methods to any social science student and the chances are they’ll roll their eyes, mutter something about number crunching and move hastily on to something they find more interesting.



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Lloyds Banking Group is ramping up plans to float more than 600 of its branches as a new bank on the stock exchange if prices offered by bidders are too low.

IT man stole £500,000 from Ofcom

A senior member of IT staff at telecoms regulator Ofcom was jailed today for stealing more than £520,000.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Racism will go on rearing its ugly head until we shout stop

In our times, to complain about racism is a crime

Shami Chakrabarti: Policing the student protests

Political debate, dissent and demonstration have long been seen as almost vital ingredients of the student experience but law, practice and technology have moved on a great deal since the sit-ins and marches of the 1960s and 80s.

Final Freddie Mercury performance discovered

Freddie Mercury's final poignant screen appearance will be shown tonight in a documentary which has uncovered unseen footage from Queen's most famous videos.

Why does LSE academic Satoshi Kanazawa seem to hate women and black people?

The ideas advanced by Social Darwinism and eugenics remain influential today in Japanese intellectual life and popular culture.

Two face Stephen Lawrence murder trial

Two men are to face trial for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence after new scientific evidence was uncovered, it can be reported today.

No prizes for coming third: The fight to be Britain's second city

Birmingham's position as understudy to London, undisputed for decades, is being challenged by Manchester. Paul Vallely reports

Tracey Emin: Her life in art

An anxious, exhausted but delirious Tracey Emin says her new show at the Hayward Gallery is the culmination of everything she's ever worked for

What's in store: Amsterdam

Chic shopping options, as selected by Grant Thatcher from <a target="new" href="http://www.luxecityguides.com">LUXE</a> City Guides

US archive told to hand over confidential Troubles tapes

The British authorities have demanded that American academics hand over confidential testimony from paramilitary fighters who accused the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams of running a secret cell within the IRA that carried out the kidnappings and disappearance, according to the Boston institution where the archived accounts are being held.

Prescott evidence triggered new Met inquiry, court told

Evidence that the News of the World's private investigator illegally snooped on John Prescott while he was running the country helped trigger the new police inquiry into phone hacking, the High Court heard yesterday.

Police accused of cover-up over death at Pete Doherty party

The mother of an actor who plunged to his death from a balcony following a row with the singer Pete Doherty and his friends has accused the police of a cover-up.

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