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National charity to lose all its government cash as police admit their work on the issue will also be hit

US racing holds breath before one last cry of 'Go Zenyatta'

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Government funding for the police will be cut by a fifth in real terms over the next four years, the Treasury said today.

Lily Allen and Elton John honoured for songwriting

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Police face charges for using Taser 13 times on Aboriginal man

Civil liberties groups and police watchdogs in Australia have called for an urgent review of the use of Taser stun guns following the death of a man in Sydney and the release of a video showing an Aboriginal prisoner screaming in agony after being repeatedly "zapped" at a Perth police station.

Album: I Blame Coco, The Constant (Universal)

Don't blame Coco. I mean, what would you do if you were the 20-year-old daughter of Sting? Time's up.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (26 September 2010)

Your columnist Joanna Moorhead is right ("Benedict bites back", 19 September): the Vatican is a very slick operation, but no mention was made of the number of highly qualified women who work within the Vatican itself, curating a massive collection of treasures from round the world which reflect the missionary element of the faith over centuries, and caring for the collections of books and manuscripts with corridor after corridor of history deep underground. What always mystifies me is why the celibacy rule is so deeply rooted within church dogma when the central plank of it is that the Pope is the direct descendant by acknowledged Faith of Peter the Apostle. The Basilica is built over what is considered to be his tomb, complete with bones. Peter was a married man. There is reference to his mother-in-law within scripture.

Sussex force freezes PCSO applications

Applications by potential police community support officers (PCSOs) are being frozen, a force announced today.

Europe's shame: the dictatorship of Belarus

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