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Richie Robins was punched and knocked unconscious but the attack continued as he lay on floor

East London evangelists plan celebration to dwarf the Dome

AT THE Kingsway International Christian Centre it is a great day - so great, in fact, that the telephone answering machine makes a point of telling you so. "Welcome to the Kingsway International Christian Centre," says the friendly voice. "It's a great day."

Letter: Choice of schools

Sir: If Gerald Kaufman's article "Grammar schools are the breeding ground of privilege" (2 September) is representative of the quality of argument being deployed by the opponents of these schools, their defenders must be breathing a sigh of relief.

Letter: Squats in Hackney

Sir: In a number of articles last week your writers have appeared to glamorise squatting in Hackney (reports, 22, 23, 24 July). I don't think that the average Hackney council tenant or property owner shares the views or perceptions of your writers.

New inquiry into gun death mystery

New inquiry into gun death mystery

Private firm for Hackney schools

MINISTERS WILL announce shortly that they are to privatise the school improvement service in Hackney - the first time one of a council's key functions has been taken over by a private contractor.

Blunkett to seize control of `failing' Hackney schools

THE GOVERNMENT is to seize control of one of Britain's worst education authorities after inspectors found it was still failing pupils.

'Lawrence Five' could face charges

THE FIVE men suspected of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence could yet face further race charges after it emerged that detectives were investigating new allegations of racial harassment against them.

Most race attack victims `are white': The Eastender

IN WHAT she describes as a racially motivated attack, Rose Woolf, 75, was mugged nine months ago near her home in Stepney Green, east London. "As I was walking along there were two Asian boys about 14 or 15 a bit ahead of me. Suddenly they stopped as if they were picking something up and then spun around, grabbed my bag and ran off.

Lawrence fury as police escape charges

ONLY ONE police officer is to face serious disciplinary charges for the bungled investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, it was announced yesterday.

Racing: Punter hits Jackpot

A PUNTER from Forest Gate, East London, was the biggest individual winner of yesterday's huge Tote Jackpot pool at Beverley. He collected pounds 161,346 having managed to select pounds 2.40 worth of winning lines.

Heritage fund awards pounds 37m grants

Heritage fund awards pounds 37m grants

Race hate witnesses praised

COUNCIL TENANTS who were terrorised for two years by a gang of young thugs were praised yesterday by Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, as an example of how communities can fight back against intimidation and violence.

Police knew Lawrence murder witnesses were intimidated

SENIOR detectives investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence knew that witnesses were being intimidated to keep them from talking to police, and believed that the criminal family of one of the prime suspects was responsible.

Stalker admits mental assault

A "highly dangerous" stalker, who won a retrial when the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction for terrorising a 21-year-old dental nurse, pleaded guilty yesterday.

Audit hits at council that failed to care

Ministers have summoned leaders from a London borough after a highly critical report said it was failing to provide care for its most vulnerable people. Glenda Cooper, Social Affairs Correspondent, reports on 'continuing problems' for Barking and Dagenham Council.
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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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