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THERE'S A lot to be said for not being Russian at the moment. The news footage of harried Moscow rouble-traders looking as if the best choice they'll be offered all day is between suicide and assassination is a useful reminder of how lucky we are here. With all the markets wobbling like jelly, the punters in our section are staying away in droves, so we have time for lunch and chatting, and sorting out our lives.

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Bogus officials strip boy, 5 stripped

A mother was "horrified" to discover that two social workers who carried out a strip-search on her five-year-old son at her home were bogus officials, police said yesterday.

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