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Issue No. 2312

Police invent terror evidence

West Midlands Police have been caught making up evidence to detain a Muslim student under the Terrorism Act.

Rizwaan Sabir was arrested in 2008 after police claimed Nottingham University staff raised concerns about his downloading of an Al-Qaida manual.

An internal report revealed that this never happened. In fact, what Sabir downloaded is a US government document and available to buy in WH Smiths.

Iraq inquiry report delayed

The Chilcot inquiry report into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War will be delayed until 2013.

The hold-up has been caused by discussions of whether secret documents can be published in the report.

Many are notes sent between Tony Blair and former US President George Bush. According to the US Department of Defence, over 100,000 Iraqis have been killed in the war, which started in 2003.

Unemployment hits minorities

New figures released by the House of Commons Library show how rising unemployment has hit black and Asian workers harder than it has white ones.

Between January and March this year the UK’s unemployment rate was 8 percent. But the rate for black workers was 18 percent while for Asian workers it was 12 percent.

Among 16-24 year olds unemployment in general stood at 21 percent but among Asians it was 31 percent and among African-Caribbeans it was 45 percent.

The GMB union attacked the findings and said the figures were “shameful” for the coalition government.

Suicides up as job losses rise

The number of men over 55 committing suicide in England and Wales has risen by 12 percent over the past decade.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics also show that the number of suicides is rising fastest among older men.

Campaigners said that older men often found it harder to cope with being out of work.

HSBC in money laundering rap

The HSBC bank faces a fine of up to £640 million in the US for failing to stop money laundering.

A US Senate report says the bank’s culture was “pervasively polluted”.

It moved billions of dollars in cash from its Mexican arm despite warnings it could be drug money.

The queen’s got a job for you

The queen is advertising a job at Windsor castle—polishing guests’ jewellery.

The lucky applicant will also be expected to “assist” guests with getting dressed and clean up after them.

The 40-hour-a-week job pays the not-so-princely sum of £14,000 a year.

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Tue 17 Jul 2012, 16:42 BST
Issue No. 2312
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