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To bring them in would be deeply damaging to the principle of policing by consent

'Tear gas gun' that can incapacitate rioters at 100-foot being tested by Home Office

A weapon designed to be used by police to incapacitate rioters more than 100 feet away is in the final stages of Home Office testing.

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Anti-gay marriage protesters in Paris on Tuesday night

Church versus Republic: Disturbing gay marriage protests stir old demons in France

World Focus: Success of the the demonstrations has been built on right-wing fury

A pro gay marriage militant is arrested by anti-riot police officers during a demonstration by supporters of the anti-gay marriage movement 'La Manif Pour Tous' (Demonstration for all!) in Nantes, western France. The final vote on France's landmark bill allowing gay marriage has been fast-tracked to next week and has proved hugely controversial in a country that is officially secular but predominantly Catholic (AFP)

French politicians scuffle over same-sex marriage legislation

Scuffles broke out in the French parliament in the early hours of as right-wing opposition to a gay marriage law becomes increasingly strident and ill-tempered.

Sign of the chimes: Portsmouth supporters are about to follow other European fan groups who own their clubs

The Last Word: Margaret Thatcher treated them all as a disease. Now football fans are the cure

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The son of r'n'b bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis spent his childhood soaking up soul, blues and rock influences. His greatest achievement remains 1974's often-sampled psychedelic soul masterpiece Inspiration Information, here repackaged with an extra disc of pieces recorded since then, which show his abilities undiminished by age.

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A row has broken out over suggestions that a statue should be built in honour of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Protests erupt in Brazil after landowner Jose Rodrigues Moreira is acquitted in Amazon activists murder case

A Brazilian landowner accused of ordering the murder of two activists who campaigned against illegal logging and evictions in the Amazon has been acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

Don't blame lad culture for misogyny, blame misogynist lads

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13 orphans killed in Burma mosque fire

A fire engulfed a mosque housing orphans in Burma's largest city this morning, killing at least 13 children in the blaze that police blamed on an electrical fault.

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The Westminster MP for east Belfast tells David McKittrick why she's still optimistic

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regenerating British cities

Exclusive: Michael Heseltine fears British people are 'too rich to push' for economic recovery

Lord Heseltine believes Britain lacks drive but senior government adviser points to rising employment and house prices as signs the economy was recovering

Corpses line streets of Burma after sectarian clashes

The Burmese army took control of a ruined city yesterday, imposing a tense calm after clashes between Buddhists and Muslims left piles of corpses in the streets and buildings ablaze in the worst bloodshed to hit the South-east Asian nation this year.

Flames rise from a room at the headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association in Cairo

Football riot ruling ignites Cairo

Egyptian protesters set fire to buildings in Cairo yesterday and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly football riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security.

Flames rise from a room at the headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association in Cairo

Further violence in Egypt after football riot death sentences

Some 21 men have been sentenced to death, while 28 others were spared

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