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Labour's former Europe minister faces police inquiry over expenses

A former Labour minister has become the latest MP to face a police investigation into his expenses claims after his case was referred to Scotland Yard by Parliament's sleaze watchdog.

'Three times more drivers use mobile at wheel'

The number of motorists admitting they take phone calls and send text messages while driving has tripled in a year, according to an RAC survey.

Israeli soldiers 'shot at children collecting gravel by Gaza border'

The Israeli military has been urged to investigate the recent shootings of at least 12 impoverished Palestinian teenagers and young men collecting gravel in an effort to eke out an income within 800 metres of Gaza’s heavily guarded northern border.

Thousands wasted on credit card minimums

Nearly one in 10 credit card customers pay off only the minimum payment each month, potentially costing them a fortune in interest, according to a survey from comparison website Moneysupermarket.com.

Boring Conference 2010: Chairman of the bored

Having long pondered life's least interesting topics, James Ward has organised a conference to explore them further

Rise in scams adds to problems for tenants

It can be difficult enough dealing with unscrupulous landlords. Now people in rented accommodation are being conned online

Two die in motorway blaze

Police were today investigating the cause of a motorway crash in which a two people died after their car burst into flames.

Family trio sentenced for £500,000 charity fraud

Three family members were sentenced today for defrauding charities of more than £500,000 by applying for funding for spurious projects.

George Pakenham: Man on emissions

Leaving your car's engine running might not seem like a crime. But it is – and an unlikely crusader is taking drivers to task. Sophie Morris hears his story

Man guilty over runaway van deaths

A man whose runaway van killed two young people after he failed to apply the hand brake properly when he parked was today found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Well heeled: Manolo Blahnik and his left-hand woman

As his exclusive collection for Liberty arrives, Manolo Blahnik talks footwear, films and fabrics with his niece and 'left-hand woman' Kristina. Carola Long listened in

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Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

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Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

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She's having a laugh

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Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

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Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
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Are censors pandering to homophobia?

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