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Jamaican poet Jean "Binta" Breeze migrated to Britain in the mid-1980s and quickly earned a reputation as the godmother of the dub poetry scene here, a female counterpart to Linton Kwesi Johnson. Dub poetry first emerged in Jamaica in the 1970s as a grassroots form of protest poetry rooted in the rhythms and vernacular of reggae. Here at last was a Caribbean aesthetic that was completely its own.

Russia bars US officials to take revenge over Magnitsky case

Russia has drawn up a list of Americans who are banned from entering the country, in a tit-for-tat response to a US move to blacklist dozens of Russian officials accused of involvement in the death of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Model sues publisher for spiking 'misery memoir'

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A man nicknamed the "Spam King" has been arrested for allegedly hacking into more than 500,000 Facebook accounts to send about 27 million unsolicited messages.

Universities accused of 'hiding' £1bn fraud crisis

Fraud costs the higher education sector more than £1bn a year, a report published yesterday found. The study shows that the sector has the worst record of any public service in tackling the problem. Dr Mark Button, director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the University of Portsmouth, said there was a tendency for universities to keep the problem "hushed up and hidden away". By contrast, the NHS "goes after consultants, doctors and dentists who are on the fiddle," he said.

Two policemen arrested in fraud inquiry

One of Britain's top policemen and his deputy were arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into corruption and fraud.

Suspects named and shamed on swindlers' list

Nasser Ahmed a businessmen from Bristol, is on the run after being sentenced to six years in jail for a £156m VAT fraud

Photos of fraud suspects released

The faces of some of Britain's most wanted suspected fraudsters have been published in an effort to bring them to justice.

Expenses fraud Labour MP Jim Devine out of jail after four months

The disgraced former MP Jim Devine was freed from prison yesterday after serving just a quarter of his 16-month sentence for expenses fraud.

Fraudsters target current account applications

Fraudulent current account applications have risen by 58 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, according to credit reference agency Experian.

Andreas Whittam Smith: A compelling truth revealed in the pages of a French thriller

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Arrest over school ski trip fraud claim

A man was arrested on suspicion of fraud by detectives investigating a company behind school skiing trips that were cancelled at the last minute earlier this year.

Three men jailed over set-top box fraud

Three men who took part in a massive fraud by selling set-top boxes which allowed people unlawful free access to Virgin Media's cable television channels have been jailed for a total of 15 years.

Cases against 109 Fortnum activists dropped

Prosecutors have dropped more than 100 cases against activists who staged a sit-in at Fortnum & Mason four months ago in protest over the department store's alleged tax evasion.

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