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C&W claims victory over Digicel in battle for Caribbean markets

Cable & Wireless Communications yesterday declared victory in a bitter legal battle after a High Court judge dismissed claims that it had illegally delayed the entry of a new competitor into the Caribbean telecoms market.

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Shot policewoman quits force due to stress

A police officer shot in the stomach by an illegal immigrant announced today that she was leaving her force because of post-traumatic stress.

Jealous lover killed ex over web photos

A jealous lover flew 4,000 miles to murder his former girlfriend after seeing a photograph of her on Facebook with another man.

Man jailed for killing girlfriend after Facebook row

A jealous lover was jailed for life today and ordered to serve at least 22 years for killing his girlfriend after seeing her on Facebook with another man.

Price row over record profits at British Gas

Calls for price cuts as profits soar 58 per cent at Centrica's retail division

FA spend £35,000 on Caribbean gala to 'boost' World Cup bid

The Football Association are spending £35,000 to pick up the tab for the Caribbean Football Union's gala dinner tomorrow as part of England's 2018 World Cup bid, it can be revealed.

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Shock and awe: The art of Chris Ofili

A major retrospective of Chris Ofili's work opens at Tate Britain next week. Michael Glover explores the painter's evolution from shape-shifter and provocateur to raw, open talent, while Ekow Eshun talks to Ofili about his new-found 'sense of freedom'

Crime gang members jailed over cocaine plot

A crime gang caught trying to smuggle cocaine worth £10 million into Britain on a yacht were jailed today.

Garner labels review system as a 'gimmick'

West Indies legend Joel Garner has labelled the controversial umpire decision review system currently being introduced into Test cricket "a gimmick" and claimed it is "not working".

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