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The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre, alleges that the politician was behind an assault in a Toronto jail in March 2012

Simon Kelner: Nanny state won't stop young people getting lashed

Here's a sobering thought as you prepare for the working week with joy in your heart and the sun on your back. Yes, as you'll read on the front pages of every newspaper over the next few days, it's hotter here than in Marbella, or the Maldives, or even Mars.

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Attitudes to alcohol must change

Liver disease deaths rise 25 per cent in decade

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John Henry Browne, who is defending the US soldier accused of the slaughter

Soldier accused of massacre 'pushed to limit by Afghan war'

Robert Bales had seen his friend’s legs blown off shortly before killing 16 civilians in rampage

A Death in the Family, By Karl Ove Knausgaard, trans. Don Bartlett

I first heard about Karl Ove Knausgaard's six torrential volumes of autobiographical fiction in the cosy book-lined cabin where Per Petterson writes, just next to his farmhouse in eastern Norway. The author of Out Stealing Horses – a much less prolix kind of writer – gestured to a line of matching spines and told me with admiration about the 3,000-page deluge of confessional writing that had set the country talking and arguing after the first episode appeared in 2009. As if Knausgaard's sustained assault on every conventional divide between the novel and memoir were not enough, he had called his epic sequence "My Struggle". In Norwegian, that's Min Kamp. You can see that Karl Ove does not exactly shun controversy.

David Walliams plays the PM in the BBC adaptation of his own book, Mr Stinky

DJ Taylor: To clean a house, you start at the top

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's travails show we no longer apply different moral standards to those with power

Stephen Foley: Foreign firms may be on a loser when the online gambling ball starts rolling

US Outlook: There are no Puritans in a recession.

MPs' bar familiar with rowdy scenes

The Strangers Bar - scene of an alleged brawl last night - has for long been the rowdiest bar in the Palace of Westminster, with the possible exception of the Press Bar.

Doctors warn on alcohol deaths

More than 200,000 people could die early from alcohol over the next 20 years, leading doctors have warned.

Editor-At-Large: Kate's dry bar visit is on trend – binge drinking is old hat

Kate Middleton spent Valentine's Day last week visiting the Brink dry bar in Liverpool. She's patron of Action on Addiction, and the idea behind the Brink is to make having a night out without alcohol as fun as the alternative when you get slaughtered. I know about this, because my partner (a non-drinker) has been supplying his non-alcoholic drinks to the Brink since they opened last year and was gutted he couldn't get there to see HRH in person. The Brink is a brave new venture in a city where too many young people think nothing of getting off their heads every weekend. Unemployment is high, booze is cheap; no wonder it's tempting to seek oblivion.

Leading article: Calling time on super-cheap alcohol

There are some superficially reasonable arguments against the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol: the market should find its own level, say, or hiking prices penalises all drinkers, not just the problematic ones. But such points count for nothing against the wider social costs of super-cheap booze.

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David Cameron vows to tackle alcohol-fuelled disorder

David Cameron today declared war on booze Britain during a visit to a hospital.

'Drunk tanks' and minimum prices to help Britain sober up

David Cameron will today give his support to the use of "drunk tanks" – mobile police cells to hold intoxicated revellers until they sober up.

Drinkers in the Nebraska town at the heart of the lawsuit

How Whiteclay (population: 11) sells 5m cans of beer a year

It's 20 minutes' drive from a 20,000-strong Native American reservation, which is now suing brewers and the town's off-licences

'Sobriety bracelets' to fight crime in London

Criminals convicted of serious drink-related offences will be fitted with US-style "sobriety bracelets" to keep them dry under a pilot scheme.

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