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Nantes ban on controversial comic Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala lifted by French court in time for show

The French government tried to ban the comic on the grounds that he is a threat to public order

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Unexpected Indian opposition members: IT executives square up in the war on corruption

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The Nantes leg of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala's tour has been cancelled

'Anti-semitic' comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala has his show cancelled in France after Nicolas Anelka's inverted Nazi salute

Show that has been widely condemned as anti-semitic is considered a threat to public order

Could it be Broadchurch's night? David Tennant and Olivia Colman are both up for awards with the ITV show nominated for Best Drama

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An NHS worker who tweeted that he was going to shave a patient’s pubic hairs and stick them to his face “Wiggins style” is up before a professional standards board.

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