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International fishing organisation 'incentivising' anglers to catch some of world's most endangered species

An international fishing organisation is offering anglers the prospect of setting world records for 18 of the most critically endangered species, placing further pressure on waning global populations The Independent can reveal. Scientists say the Florida-based International Game Fish Association (IGFA), which issues world records, is “incentivising” sport fishers to catch the biggest fish. Sport fishers aim to catch the largest species in the ...

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'Short, sharp shock' ruined my life: Abuse victims describe brutal reality of youth detention centres under Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher’s government rode into office on the back of a manifesto that promised to fight crime by giving young offenders a “short, sharp shock” at detention centres. Ministers claimed army-style discipline would deter youngsters from a life of crime, but the boys who lived through the brutal regime the policy inspired through the late 1970s and 1980s tell a ...

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Margaret Thatcher believed South Africa should be a 'whites-only state', says UK's former chief diplomat

Margaret Thatcher believed South Africa should be a “whites-only state”, it has been reported.  The former head of the Diplomatic Service, Sir Patrick Wright, has made a number of explosive claims in his account of the former Prime Minister’s time in office.  Sir Patrick also said that Ms Thatcher “loathed” Germans and wanted to “push” Vietnamese boat people into the ...

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'At least 15' injured as train crashes into barrier in Sydney

At least 15 people were injured on Monday when a train crashed into a barrier in the northwest of Sydney, Australia’s largest city, and were being treated by emergency services personnel, an ambulance spokesman said. Television pictures showed the train had run into buffers at the end of the railway line at Richmond, about 65 km (40 miles)northwest of central ...

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New cars are 'safer than ever' because of driver assistance systems, motor industry claims

New cars rolling off the UK’s production lines today are safer than ever before, the industry’s largest trade body has said. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) , technology that reduces driver errors and prevents accidents is now available in a majority of cars. It said that nearly seven out of 10 new cars now have ...

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Carillon collapse: A flawed system is to blame more than management excess

We were on holiday in Greece. The children were tiny at the time and, as is the wont of ones so young, they woke up early. So I would be pushing a buggy round the resort at some ungodly hour. I was not alone, though. Always there was a man, another guest, in reception, the one place with wi-fi, huddled over his laptop. ...

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Home Office faces inquiry over police storing 20m mugshots including images of innocent people

Ministers face a parliamentary inquiry over the storing by police of 20 million mugshots – including of many people not convicted of any crime – after a senior MP warned the practice raises “fundamental civil liberty issues”. A Commons committee is poised to launch the probe after running out of patience with the Government, which has failed to act on ...

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Home Office faces inquiry over police storing 20m mugshots including images of innocent people

Ministers face a parliamentary inquiry over the storing by police of 20 million mugshots – including of many people not convicted of any crime – after a senior MP warned the practice raises “fundamental civil liberty issues”. A Commons committee is poised to launch the probe after running out of patience with the Government, which has failed to act on ...

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We should all be concerned about our images being stored by the Government, even if it is in the name of security

The extent to which society accepts a degree of surveillance by the state in return for the maintenance of security is a perennially vexed question. In recent times, intrusive technology has increasingly been harnessed by the police to keep the public safe – in theory anyway. And while a minority argue that the constant presence of CCTV cameras, for instance, ...

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Rafael Benitez calls for January reinforcements after Newcastle's limitations laid bare at Manchester City

Rafael Benitez insists Newcastle United need to be active in the final weeks of the January transfer window to add Premier League experience to their squad, though he fears the club may have left it too late to secure all his targets. Despite last week’s breakdown in takeover talks between owner Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley, Benitez claimed to have ...

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