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Revealed: The secret Soviet past of Labour peer at centre of sleaze row

Lord Truscott & Russian bride Svetlana, August 1991

The Labour peer at the heart of the Lords sleaze row has secret links to Soviet Russia, a Mail on Sunday investigation has uncovered. The party faced calls for a new inquiry into Lord Truscott in the face of fresh information about his astonishing rise to power, which throws new light on the 'love at first sight' account of how he met his Russian wife Svetlana in the former Soviet Union

'Now we know who to send the *** to': Police probe Jo Brand's anti-BNP race joke on BBC

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Comedienne Jo Brand is at the centre of a police investigation over quips she made on the comedy programme that temporarily replaced Jonathan Ross’s TV chat show on the BBC.

Get ready for the 8p-a-month mortgage as Bank of England prepares to slash rates to 1%

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Thousands of people are set to pay as little as eight pence a month for their mortgages if the Bank of England cuts interest rates to a record low of one per cent next week.

Multi-millionaire funds legal bid to block adoption of children by gay couple

Mother of children who are being adopted by gay couple pictured with her grandparents.

A multi-millionaire is funding a legal challenge to halt the controversial adoption of two young children by a gay couple.

Get ready for the Big Freeze: Britain set to shiver under two inches of snow

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Britain is bracing for another big freeze today, as forecasters predict a cold snap coming this afternoon could last until the middle of next week.

'The moment my wife told me my teenage daughter was not mine': Husband in paternity case breaks his silence

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How Edward and Sophie got embroiled in £4m corruption row over British shopping mall in Portugal

Edward and Sophie

The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been caught up in an alleged corruption scandal surrounding a discount shopping complex in Portugal.

BBC's 'voice of the recession' Robert Peston is more powerful than the Chancellor, poll finds

Robert Peston

It might be assumed in these fearful times that when Alistair Darling speaks, the nation listens. Yet it seems the Chancellor has less clout in matters financial than the BBC’s business editor, Robert Peston.

I am like Titian, Gordon Brown tells baffled world leaders

Brown and Titian

Gordon Brown provoked ridicule after bizarrely comparing himself to celebrated Italian artist Titian. The Prime Minister cited the painter in defence of his Government's performance in the economic crisis.

Looking for a faithful wife? Check the size of her... chin

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If you think it’s obvious why some men don’t fancy women with large chins, think again.

Gordon Brown condemns wildcat strikes over foreign workers in Britain

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown condemned wildcat strikes as indefensible amid frantic efforts to prevent the row over the use of foreign labour escalating into mass industrial action.

Obama's half-brother arrested on drugs charges

George Obama

President Barack Obama's half-brother was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana yesterday near his home in a shantytown in Kenya.

Drug companies told to stop giving doctors 'gifts'

A doctor

Drug firms must stop giving promotional gifts to doctors that could sway their judgment, experts warned today.

Sacked: The ex-pat lawyer who penned a raunchy novel online

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A lawyer who published a pornographic novel online has been sacked – and is threatening to sue her ex-bosses for sexual harassment.

Fears of mumps outbreak as 20,000 children wait for jab

MMR VACCINE.

Thousands of children are being left unprotected against mumps because of a chronic shortage of the vaccine against the disease.

Champion boxer stabbed on his way to visit wife and newborn son 'knew his attacker'

John Nii Kacsu Abbey

A father stabbed to death in front of his three-year old daughter at a bus stop may have known his attacker, it emerged today.

Caught on camera: Police running away from jeering Gaza demonstrators in London

Video grab of riot police retreating from Gaza protesters in London

Life on Mars: how research in the Utah desert could save our planet

Two crew members perform an EVA (extra vehicular activity) outside the HAB

Octuplets mum was trying for 'just one more girl', reveals grandmother

octuplet nurses

The grandmother of the world’s first surviving octuplets last night said her daughter had been hoping ‘for just one more girl’.

Pensioners will have to care for disabled grown-up children as Labour ‘rushes’ to close NHS homes

Jean and Bill Butt with daughter Tracy Butt.

Thousands of elderly couples fear their final years could be spent caring for disabled grown-up children as a result of Government plans to close down NHS residential homes.

BBC wasted legal fees to protect 'rape' personality who made 40 false claims

bbc rape claim

The BBC has spent licence-payers’ money in a failed attempt to prevent The Mail on Sunday publishing a story about how one of the Corporation’s personalities had falsely accused her former boyfriend of rape.

Boy, 14, knocked down and killed by train as he fled gang

A railway line

A teenage boy was killed by a train after running across the track as he fled from a gang of youths.

Action MoD: Never mind equipment shortages in real warfare, Defence Ministry now markets full range of toys

Military toys

The Ministry of Defence is being criticised for backing a range of ‘HM Armed Forces’ toys – replicas of the soldiers and equipment battling insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ski jolly for bailed-out Lloyds TSB bankers

St Anton

Lloyds TSB executives are enjoying an all-expenses-paid skiing trip in Austria - just three months after the Government bailed out the troubled bank with £5.5billion of taxpayers' money.

More dangerous 'Pulp Fiction' form of heroin in UK comeback

Pulp Fiction

A more dangerous form of heroin is making a comeback on our streets, Britain’s equivalent of the FBI warned today.

Crossbow thug shoots a pedestrian who is left fighting for his life

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A man was fighting for his life last night after being shot in the chest with a crossbow bolt while walking in a seaside town.

Family business: 16 out of 27 Tory MEPs admit employing wives or relatives

David Cameron

More than half of Tory MEPs employ their wives or relatives as secretaries or support staff. An audit revealed four out of the party’s 27 MEPs paid their wives salaries of £30,000 to £40,000.

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Financed by the British taxpayer, brutal torturers of the West Bank

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Oligarch paid Labour peer more than £600,000

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate,

A Labour peer has raked in more than £600,000 from a firm owned by a Russian oligarch, it was claimed tonight. Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate is said to have been paid £616,000 by Inter TV between 2001 and 2006

Brown backs Olympic football Team GB for 2012 as home nations repeat opposition

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown today called on the UK’s football associations to end their opposition to a Great Britain Olympic team for the 2012 games in London.

Tributes flow for Corporal Danny Nield, the latest British casualty of war in Afghanistan

Corporal Daniel Nield

Tributes have been paid to a British soldier who was killed in southern Afghanistan. Corporal Daniel 'Danny' Nield, 31, from 1st Battalion (The Rifles), was killed on Friday.

Police hunt gunman after man shot dead in street

Murder scene

Police were tonight hunting a gunman who shot a 25-year-old man dead in the street. Daniel Keatinge died in a hail of bullets as he left the home of a friend in north Liverpool.

Huge car bomb found near primary school blamed on 'dissident republicans'

Ireland bomb plot

A 300lb car bomb has been discovered close to a primary school, police said. The homemade device was placed in the back of a black Volkswagen Bora in the County Down village of Castlewellan.

Rate cuts nearing Depression levels

The Bank of England has just announced more interest rate cuts

A half-point cut in borrowing costs by the Bank of England is expected this week, taking the official interest rate to just one per cent - its lowest ever level.

The 'Dad-Nav' device that lets a former Desert Rat wander safely despite his Alzheimer's

Trevor Jay with father Eric and his buddi

Whenever Trevor Jay wishes, he can see his father Eric's whereabouts on a Google Map - thanks to an ingenious GPS device called buddi.

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