Four die in two days after string of deadly avalanches sweep across the US


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Four die in two days after string of deadly avalanches sweep across the USOn Saturday, a skier was killed in Colorado's Rockies after causing slideHe was found dead while a second man found alive buried for 90 minutesOther deaths on Friday were in Utah, Wyoming and New Hampshire By Mail Foreign Service PUBLISHED: 17:33 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 5 March 2013 A backcountry skier has been killed and another critically injured after they triggered an avalanche in a Colorado mountain pass, in the fourth such fatality in two days as snowslides swept across the US.

Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic "riot shield" to stop Larry the cat from getting into building


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Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic 'riot shield' to stop Larry the cat from getting into building Chief Mouser to the Cabinet found his way into the Foreign Office blockedHe and George Osborne's cat Freya are regular visitors to the buildingBut staff with allergies had complained about their presence William Hague came to their aid and ordered the removal of the barrier By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 19:01 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:03 GMT, 21 February 2013 As Chief Mouser to the Cabinet, Larry is used to having his run of Downing Street. So he was understandably more than a little perturbed today when he found one of his favourite prowling routes blocked by a plastic shield. It appears the Foreign Office, which installed the clear cover, has gone to extreme lengths to stop the No10 employee from snooping around.

"Nazi mob" attacks Tottenham fans in French bar ahead of cup match: Fans claim the attack had anti-Semitic motive


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Mob of 50 Nazis attacks group of Tottenham fans in French bar ahead of European cup match Around 150 fans were attacked by mob of 50 in Lyon's Smoking Dog pubThugs said to have been making Nazi salutes and threw flare into the pubWitnesses said three fans were taken to hospital, one with a head injurySpurs fans were ambushed in Rome last year ahead of game against Lazio /11/24/article-2237760-1628D8B8000005DC-793_634x418.jpg” width=”634″ height=”418″ alt=”Brutal: Ten supporters were hurt and one seriously injured in the Rome attack, while two Roma fans were charged with attempted murder” class=”blkBorder” /> Brutal: Ten supporters were hurt and one seriously injured in the Rome attack, while two Roma fans were charged with attempted murder In the last decade English football fans have been the subject of a series of knife attacks when going to support their team at games in Rome In November, some were ambushed inside a pub in Rome on the eve of their game against Lazio. Tottenham fan James Taylor drove through the night from his home in Ilford, Essex, to attend tonight's Europa League second round second leg clash

Firing squad granny in race against time to appeal after blunder by the Foreign Office


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Firing squad granny in race against time to appeal after blunder by the Foreign Office Appeal letter on behalf of Lindsay Sandiford, 56, rejected after mix-upSister Hilary Parsons accuses Foreign Office of 'incompetence and insensitivity But plea finally accepted after agonising 18-hour waitMs Parsons reveals fellow suspect Julian Ponder has made death threats to her sister By Simon Parry PUBLISHED: 22:22 GMT, 2 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:44 GMT, 3 February 2013 A grandmother facing execution in Bali for drug-smuggling nearly lost her chance to appeal against her sentence because of an astonishing Foreign Office mix-up. After 56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death by firing squad 12 days ago for smuggling 1.6 million worth of cocaine, British Embassy officials offered to submit a letter to court on her behalf, saying that she intended to contest the penalty. Sandiford had seven days after her sentencing to file the letter.

British police officer Richard Williams, 32, dies on French ski trip


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'Fighting fit' British police officer, 32, dies after collapsing on French ski holiday PC Richard Williams, 32, died yesterday after collapsing in FranceHe was on a skiing holiday in Val d'Isre with colleaguesPolice pay tribute to a 'much-loved son, brother and cherished colleague' By Sean O'hare PUBLISHED: 11:17 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:21 GMT, 23 January 2013 A police officer has collapsed and died while on a skiing holiday in Val d'Isre, France.

Mahdi Hashi: Briton, 23, accused of working with terror group secretly quizzed by CIA for three months


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Briton, 23, accused of working with terror group secretly quizzed by CIA for three months in African prison Mahdi Hashi, who vanished last summer in Somalia, turned up in a New York courtroom just before Christmas, charged with terrorism offences By Robert Verkaik PUBLISHED: 00:39 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:00 GMT, 6 January 2013 A British man controversially stripped of his citizenship last year by the Home Secretary has spent three months being interrogated by US agents in an African prison. Mahdi Hashi, 23, from London, who vanished last summer in Somalia, turned up in a New York courtroom just before Christmas, charged with terrorism offences. His sudden appearance in America five months after his family had reported him missing has prompted claims that he is the victim of international kidnap or ‘rendition’.

Jack Straw uses Official Secrets defence for allegations of conspiracy in "torture" case


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Jack Straw uses Official Secrets defence for allegations of conspiracy in 'torture' case | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 30 December 2012 Jack Straw is using the Official Secrets Act to defend himself in court over allegations of conspiracy in the torture of a Libyan national and his family. The revelation that the former Foreign Secretary is relying on secrecy laws has provoked allegations of a cover-up over the scandal of Britain’s alleged involvement in the kidnap and handover of Libyan dissidents to Colonel Gaddafi.

Kate"s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece – and polygamy is legalised…


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Kate’s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece — and polygamy is legalised… | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 28 December 2012 Thought the world of politics was beyond satire Then read SIMON HEFFER’s tongue-in-cheek predictions for the coming year… Moving forward: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement January: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement.

Iran sacks first woman minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi after she dared to criticise health policies


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Iran sacks first woman minister after she dared to criticise health policies Sacking linked to criticism of poor medicine budgetShe said luxury cars were bigger importation priority UPDATED: 18:06 GMT, 27 December 2012 Dastjerdi questioned whereabouts of dollars allocated for importing medicine The first woman minister in the 30-year history of Iran's Islamic republic has been sacked by its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. No official reason has been given for the sacking of health minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi, but the dismissal is being linked to her criticism of the government for failing to budget fairly for the importation of vital medicines.

US tourist arrested in North Korea but secretive country refuses to reveal his "crime"


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U.S. tourist arrested in North Korea… but secretive country refuses to reveal his 'crime'State media identify detainee as Pae Jun HoThe tour operator, 44, is from Washington statePae is said to have confessed to unspecified crimes He is likely to become a bargaining chip for the NorthCountry faces criticism for long-range rocket launch | UPDATED: 16:54 GMT, 21 December 2012 An American tourist has been arrested in North Korea but the secretive regime is refusing the reveal his 'crime'. State-run Korean Central News Agency today identified the detainee as Pae Jun Ho in a brief dispatch.