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Gove persuades headteachers to back down on boycott of SATs tests

Headteachers have called off their boycott of national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds after being promised an independent review by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. His offer, just before a meeting of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), persuaded its leaders to call off industrial action by 34 votes to two.

League rules out imposing ban on Ferguson over BBC boycott

The Premier League believes that any punishment must fit the crime where Sir Alex Ferguson's refusal to give interviews to the BBC is concerned and it has ruled out imposing a touchline ban for his continued breach of League rules.

BBC losing boycott battle with Ferguson

The BBC appears to have concluded that it will not be able to persuade Sir Alex Ferguson to fulfill his contractual obligation to provide post-match interviews, despite the Premier League's threat of fines.

Benfica directors urge own fans to boycott matches

Benfica's board of directors have urged their supporters not to attend away matches as a protest against several refereeing errors in Friday's 2-1 defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes.

Israeli actors refuse to take the stage in settlement theatre

Five leading Israeli theatres were facing a mounting political row yesterday after a pledge by 60 of the country's most prominent actors, writers and directors to boycott the companies' planned performances in a Jewish West Bank settlement.

Golden duck increases doubts over Pietersen's Ashes place

Selectors have much to ponder after first-ball exit exposes fragile mindset of England's struggling No 4

Back to school with a bump: Britain's headteachers' associations on spending cuts, Coalition plans and boycotts

Two heads are better than one, or so the saying goes. Nowhere could that be better put to the test at the moment than in the education world, as both of the country's leading headteacher organisations prepare to start the academic year with a new leader at the helm.

Polish opposition boycotts inauguration

Bronislaw Komorowski took the oath of office as Poland's new President yesterday and vowed to build national unity.

Focus on writing blamed for fall in reading test results

Test results for 11-year-olds published yesterday showed a drop in reading standards for the second year running.

Anelka says France team were united over boycott

One might think Nicolas Anelka would want to keep his head down and his mouth shut following his expulsion from the France camp during the country's embarrassing World Cup campaign for insulting the manager, Raymond Domenech. But the striker was back on the attack yesterday, insisting that the whole camp had been united behind him and criticising the former player Bixente Lizarazu for speaking out.

Toulalan admits he was not one of the 'nice guys' in French furore

France midfielder Jérémy Toulalan admitted yesterday he played a direct part in the national squad's boycott of a training session during their disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa and deeply regretted it.

Minority recruits 'should join Met at a higher rank'

Police recruits from a black, minority or ethnic background should be allowed to join Britain's biggest force at a higher rank than constable in a bid to increase diversity among senior officers, a new report has suggested.

Methodists launch boycott over West Bank

The Methodist Church today voted to boycott all products from Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories becoming the first major Christian denomination in Britain to officially adopt such a policy.

Israel plans to send bill to Palestinians over boycotts

What do The Pixies, Elvis Costello, and Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, have in common? A cursory glance might suggest not much yet all have deeply irked Israel.

Kate Simon: Where you take your holiday can become a point of principle

Should tourists boycott Israel? Last week's storming of a merchant ship taking aid to Gaza by the Israeli armed forces once again raises this controversial question.

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