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It is a tough job but, as they say, somebody has to do it. More than 60 ministers and MPs have been drafted in to act as escorts for foreign VIPs coming to watch the Olympics, The Independent has learnt.

Olympic tickets may be cancelled in black market touting scandal

Allegations of black market touting by foreign Olympic committees could see thousands of tickets cancelled, but an inquiry into the scandal may not be completed before the Games begin.

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Nick Clegg urges 'no' to Scottish independence

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Richard O'Dwyer faces being sent to the US for trial

Clegg is silent over computer student facing deportation to US

In opposition, he condemned 'lopsided' extradition laws. But he has said nothing to help this Sheffield programmer

Blair attacks Cameron's reaction to looting

Tony Blair made a rare return to domestic politics yesterday to dispute David Cameron's claim that we live in a broken society, as cracks in the Coalition showed over human-rights law.

After 17-year fight for justice, families of Chinook pilots win MoD apology

Insufficient evidence led the inquiry to determine it was impossible to find that the pilots had been negligent

Southern Cross collapse leaves elderly care in limbo

The grim truth about the demise of care home company Southern Cross was confirmed to its shareholders yesterday in an extraordinary meeting which followed news of its closure on Monday.

UK 'should review relations with Rwanda'

The British Government faces demands to review its close relationship with Rwanda, following the revelation that Rwandan expats living in the UK have been warned that they are the target of assassins sent by the African government.

James Corrigan: With all his troubles does Woods need a coach who thinks he can save the world?

Nobody should doubt the sincerity of this Robin Hood in a Nike-sponsored visor; least of all a cynical Brit. But what can be queried is Tiger's need for all this

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William Hague has dismissed claims he has lost his "mojo" and is ready to resign as Foreign Secretary.

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