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But the whistleblower says he cannot go home when there’s ‘no chance to have a fair trial’

Call the Midwife: Latest borderline boring drama to win Sunday snoozer ratings war

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Book review: 'Stormbelt' by Robert Leslie (With essays by Edward Burtynsky and Cameron Sinclair)

In his essay alongside the photographs here, Edward Burtynsky says: “The images in this book ask that we follow the quiet journey of Robert Leslie and his camera through a land where the notion of the unstoppable economy, a land of plenty, the ‘American dream’, is brought into question.” 

Ice hockey fans throw 25,921 teddy bears onto the ice in bizarre scenes in Calgary

The toys will be distributed to charities and children in hospital

England head coach Gary Street has called on experienced players to take on the Canadians

Women's Rugby: Gary Street rings changes for visit of Canadians

After England Women’s dismantling of France at Twickenham on Saturday, their head coach, Gary Street, has made 11 changes for tomorrow’s meeting with Canada as they prepare to return for the first time to the venue where they lost the 2010 World Cup final.The Stoop has unhappy memories for England’s players after their 13-10 defeat to New Zealand three years ago but, having already avenged February’s loss to France with a 40-20 win on Saturday, they now have the Canucks on their hit list.

Chemring’s profits hit by shutdown in Washington

The grenade and bomb detector maker Chemring has warned that the US political shutdown is likely to hit its profitability this year.

Hard rock: Most of the Grand Canyon, along with many other US attractions, is currently closed

Simon Calder: The land of the free, now disfigured by barricades

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Exclusive: Shock over new contract for Sellafield companies

Unions and MPs have reacted with shock to yesterday’s announcement that the companies that have overseen cost overruns and delays in the clean-up of Sellafield have been given a new five-year contract.

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US shutdown hits holidaymakers

Hamish McRae: With political calamities piling up, why are markets so keen on the US?

There is one concern that even optimists need to acknowledge. The US may, indeed, default

Exclusive: Conflict row as MoD top brass join contractors

Ex-mandarin now in charge of US giant's bid to manage his former department

CIA steps up delivery of arms to Syrian rebels

The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, a development that marks a major escalation of the US role in the civil war.

BAE to lose Washington veteran Linda Hudson

Linda Hudson, who made history as the first female boss of a major US defence contractor, is set to retire from BAE Systems.

BHP facing charges from US over Beijing Games 'corruption'

London-listed mining giant BHP Billiton today said it has been warned it could face enforcement action by US authorities over alleged breaches of anti-corruption laws. The move relates partly to corporate hospitality it laid on for the Beijing Olympics.

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe claims mandate for 'black empowerment' asset grab

President Robert Mugabe said today that his party had won “a resounding mandate” from voters to complete a sweeping “black empowerment” programme, taking over foreign and white-owned assets.

Arrest warrant issued for JPMorgan supervisor of ‘London Whale’ trader Bruno Iksil

An international arrest warrant has been issued for former JPMorgan executive Javier Martin-Artajo, who oversaw the activities of the London Whale — the trader who lost the bank more than  $6.2 billion (£4 billion).

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