Tag Archives: The Independant

Former Lord Chief Justice warns rapists may now go free after string of prosecutions collapse

The former Lord Chief Justice has warned it could become harder for rapists to be convicted, as juries may lose faith in the justice system after the collapse of several sex crime trials. Lord Judge, who was the most senior judge in England and Wales between 2008 and 2013 said he feared that juries may question whether they are being given all ...

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BA pilot arrested by armed police for being 'drunk' onboard Gatwick flight

Armed police arrested a British Airways pilot seconds before takeoff after the cabin crew raised fears he may have been drunk. Attendants on the Boeing 777 flight 2063 called 999 after allegedly smelling alcohol on one of the officers’ breath.  Police boarded the plane, bound for Mauritius, shortly before the scheduled takeoff time of 8:20pm on Thursday.  Shocked passengers reportedly looked ...

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A Norwegian plane flew from New York to London in 5 hours 13 minutes — the fastest subsonic commercial transatlantic flight ever

Norwegian — the low-cost airline that has made headlines for launching the world’s longest low-cost flight — is making headlines again. A Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner departing from New York JFK reached London Gatwick in 5 hours 13 minutes on Monday — the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight recorded on a commercial aircraft. It beat the previous record of 5 hours ...

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Thai police arrest suspected wildlife trafficking kingpin

Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fuelled much of Asia’s illegal trade for over a decade. Police say Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese descent, was arrested on Friday in a north-eastern border province in connection with the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth more than $1m (£810,000) from Africa into Thailand last ...

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This 30-year-old pilot says she is the youngest woman in the world to captain a Boeing 777

Indian pilot Anny Divya claims to have become the youngest woman in the world to captain a Boeing 777. The 30-year-old’s achievement has been widely reported in India, where she flies for commercial airline Air India. “From a child, I always wanted to be a pilot, although I didn’t have much guidance on how to become a pilot,” she told ...

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes in-form Roberto Firmino can help fill void left by Philippe Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp believes an in-form Roberto Firmino can help soften the blow of Liverpool losing Philippe Coutinho earlier this month. Much was made of the loss of Coutinho to Barcelona but the numbers being generated by his compatriot may mean the Reds move on quicker from that £142million sale than anyone anticipated. Firmino has long been a favourite of manager Jurgen Klopp because ...

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US government shutdown: Donald Trump blames Chuck Schumer's Democrats for being 'more concerned with illegal immigrants than border safety'

Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the US government shutdown, saying in a tweet they had “played politics” instead of prioritising the military and border safety. He tweeted early on Saturday morning: “Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a ...

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Ross Barkley reveals why he didn't leave Everton for Chelsea in the summer

Ross Barkley has opened up on his delayed move from Everton to Chelsea, explaining that the nature of his summer injury convinced him that it didn’t feel “right” to join the Blues in such poor physical condition. The midfielder was poised to make the move to London last summer, with the details of a £35m transfer agreed to, but the deal fell ...

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Here's a list of everything that's wrong with the backlash against Aziz Ansari's accuser

When Babe.net published an interview with ‘Grace’, the pseudonym given to an anonymous 23-year-old woman who recounted the details of her date with Aziz Ansari, the ever broadening conversation about sexual consent was afforded yet another dimension.  Grace’s account of how the comedian refused to heed her verbal and non-verbal cues that she didn’t want to have sex with him, ...

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US government shutdown: Why did it happen, what does it mean and how long will it last?

The US government shut down at midnight on Friday, meaning thousands of “non-essential” federal workers will be put on leave and not paid until a funding deal is reached. Senators blocked a bill to extend federal funding until 16 February despite huddled behind-the-scenes negotiations between leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell. The shutdown came on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump‘s ...

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