Tory leadership: Tactical voting claims over Johnson and Hunt win

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The next phase of the contest to elect a new Conservative leader has begun amid claims tactical voting to prevent Michael Gove reaching the final two.Boris Johnson's team denied such tactics - but at least one of backer suggested some MPs may have switched votes to end Mr Gove's campaign.Thursday's vote put Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt top in the race and they will now
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Israel Folau: Sacked rugby player in anti-gay row asks for donations

[ad_1] Image copyright PA WIRE Image caption Israel Folau says his legal fight is about religious freedom Rugby player Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) for criticising gay people, has appealed for public donations to help him legally contest his dismissal.Folau, a 30-year-old star full-back, had his contract terminated in May after posting on social media saying "hell awaits" gay people.The devout Christian argues his firing was

Apple warns Trump that more China tariffs will help rivals

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Apple has joined a growing chorus of firms urging the Trump administration to drop a plan for more US tariffs on Chinese goods.The US has said it may impose duties on $300bn (£236.1bn) worth of Chinese products if the two sides can't reach a trade deal. In a letter, Apple "urged" the White House to drop the tariff plan.The tech giant said the duties would
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Fears for elephants facing 1,900 mile train journey in India

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Decorated elephants lead the procession at the Jagannath temple's annual festival in Ahmedabad Animal rights activists in India have criticised a plan by the Assam state government to send four elephants on a perilous train journey of more than 3,100km (1,926 miles) to participate in a temple ritual. They say the long journey could be dangerous for the animals and may even kill them,
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West Yorkshire child sex abuse inquiry police arrest 44

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Four women have complained of being sexually abused when they were children Detectives investigating claims of historical child sex grooming have arrested 44 people.Four women complained of being abused between 1995 and 2005 when they were aged between 12 and 16.During the course of an investigation police said they had arrested dozens of people across Bradford, Leeds, Kirklees and other areas of the
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Met Police detectives ‘solve 88%’ of London murders

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption About 1,400 homicides have been investigated by the Met in London since 2008 A senior detective has spoken about challenges in "dismantling a snitching culture" over murders in London.Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh was speaking after official figures revealed the Met had solved nearly 90% of all homicide investigations in the past decade.However, he insisted the small percentage of unsolved murder cases was "absolutely
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Newcastle shot girls say harassment was ‘part of job’

[ad_1] Image caption Katie Readshaw wanted to be a shot girl because it looked "glamorous" "Shot girls" have described how they had been routinely sexually assaulted and often paid below the minimum wage.Three women from Newcastle said they were "groped" by men, propositioned for sex and told by bosses it was "just part of the job".They were employed to carry shots of alcohol on a tray around nightclubs and try
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Northern Powerhouse ‘undermined’ by austerity, five years on

[ad_1] Image caption The Northern Powerhouse aims to encourage growth outside London and south-east England The Northern Powerhouse is being "undermined" by austerity despite signs of economic growth, a think-tank says.Five years since its launch, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the project was at risk of "fizzling out".The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) North said the economy had "moved in the right direction" but more children were living
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Sir Brian Leveson warns crimes are not being prosecuted

[ad_1] Image caption Sir Brian Leveson is retiring as head of criminal justice for England and Wales The most senior criminal judge in England and Wales has expressed "enormous concern" that many crimes are not being prosecuted.Sir Brian Leveson, who retires on Friday as Head of Criminal Justice, has warned the system could collapse without investment.He also told the BBC the government would be wrong to abolish prison sentences of