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Lawrence murder suspect pleads guilty to cannabis charge

Image copyright Julia Quenzler A suspect in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 has pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply “huge quantities” of cannabis resin. Jamie Acourt, 42, had previously denied the change but changed his plea on the second day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court. Acourt, originally from Eltham, south-east London, was extradited from Spain where he was living until his arrest in May. He is due to be sentenced on Friday. Mr Acourt was never convicted of the attack on Stephen Lawrence in 1993…

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Postal service should be allowed to charge more for packages: task force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Postal Service should have more flexibility to raise rates for packages, according to a task force created following criticism by President Donald Trump that it provides too much service to Amazon.com for too little money. FILE PHOTO – A view shows U.S. postal service mail boxes at a post office in Encinitas, California in this February 6, 2013, file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files The task force, which was created in April, was asked to make recommendations on how the U.S. Postal Service, an independent agency…

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Mark Hughes: Southampton sack manager after eight months in charge

Mark Hughes has been sacked as Southampton manager after eight months in charge. The Saints, who drew with Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18th in the table. Southampton confirmed the move in a statement, adding: “The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way.” First-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will take charge of the team for the game against Tottenham on Wednesday. Hughes, who also had a spell at the south coast club during his playing career, joined Southampton in…

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Should you charge family for Christmas lunch?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cheers… that’s £30 each please Hosting Christmas lunch for friends and family can be expensive, so could charging them for the meal be a way to cope? This time of year is pretty pricy for most people. There are presents to buy, Christmas outings and parties to shell out for and on top of that there’s the traditional yuletide lunch. The cost of festive nibbles, fancy side dishes, the turkey, cake, pudding and alcohol all add up, especially if you’re hosting extended family and…

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Briton Matthew Hedges jailed for life on UAE spy charge

Image copyright Daniela Tejada Image caption Daniela Tejada previously said her husband Matthew Hedges was being held in “inhumane and degrading” conditions A British PhD student has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old academic at Durham University, denies the charge and said he was conducting research when he was arrested in Dubai on 5 May. A court in Abu Dhabi has declared him guilty of “spying for or on behalf of” the UK government.…

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Howell clings to lead as Gore and Champ charge in Georgia

(Reuters) – Charles Howell III wobbled with two back nine bogeys but clung to a one-stroke lead over Jason Gore and Cameron Champ on a tightening third round leaderboard at the RSM Classic in Georgia on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: May 17, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Charles Howell III plays a shot from the a green side bunker on the on the fifth hole during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports Despite the shaky moments, Howell…

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Jose Mourinho: Football Association to contest decision not to charge Man Utd boss

The win over Newcastle ended a run of four games without a win for Jose Mourinho’s team The Football Association will appeal against a decision not to charge Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for comments he made after a match. The FA claimed that Mourinho swore in Portuguese to a television camera as he walked off the pitch following a 3-2 win over Newcastle on 6 October. However, United successfully contested the original charge. The FA’s appeal comes after considering the written reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission inquiry. More…

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Matthew Hedges: Academic on UAE spying charge bailed

Image copyright Daniela Tejada Image caption Daniela Tejada has repeatedly rejected suggestions her husband, Matthew Hedges, is a spy A British academic accused of spying by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been released on bail. Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student at Durham University, was arrested on 5 May in Dubai and has reportedly been held in solitary confinement for almost six months. He denies spying for the UK government. Mr Hedges has been told to remain in the UAE until his next court appearance on 21 November and…

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Student Matthew Hedges appears in UAE court on spying charge

Image copyright Daniela Tejada Image caption Daniela Tejada has repeatedly rejected suggestions her husband, Matthew Hedges, is a spy A British academic accused of spying by the United Arab Emirates has appeared in court. Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student at Durham University, was arrested on 5 May in Dubai and has reportedly been held in solitary confinement for five months. In a short hearing in the UAE, Mr Hedges’ lawyer requested an adjournment and the next hearing was scheduled for 21 November. He denies spying for the UK government.…

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London Uber drivers to charge electric car fee

Image copyright PA Image caption Attempts to tackle air pollution in London are driving the push towards electric vehicles Uber is planning to add a surcharge to all fares booked via its app in London to help its drivers buy electric vehicles. The fee, expected to be 15p per mile, will be introduced “early” in 2019. Uber said drivers working for 40 hours per week could get cash help of about £1,500 a year from passengers via the top-up fee. The ride-hailing firm said the scheme would also contribute towards…

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