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      Penalties 'do not stop' drug use

      There is no link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a Home Office study finds, sparking a policy row within the coalition government.

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      UK can be sued over rendition case

      A Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally sent back to Libya and tortured, the Court of Appeal rules.

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      Prince Harry supports poppy appeal

      Prince Harry meets poppy sellers and celebrities at Buckingham Palace on the first stop of their tour of London in a classic 1960s Routemaster bus.

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      Abbas warning over holy site closure

      The Palestinian leader's spokesman calls the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site after the shooting of a Jewish activist a "declaration of war".

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      Sickness benefit cuts 'considered'

      Papers seen by the BBC suggest cuts to the Employment and Support Allowance are being contemplated but ministers say it is not policy.

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      Apple chief: 'I'm proud to be gay'

      Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality.

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      Child sex exploitation 'social norm'

      Child sexual exploitation is a "social norm" in some areas of Greater Manchester, a report following the Rochdale grooming case says.

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      Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

      Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule set fire to parliament in the capital.

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      US faces Ebola quarantine test case

      A nurse who cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is fighting the US state of Maine over its right to quarantine her against her will.

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      Sarah Payne's father 'found dead'

      The father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is found dead at his home in Kent, according to reports.

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      Source: BBC International