Murdered then tossed into a mass grave: Sri Lanka unearths 150 decades-old skeletons and promises to uncover the truth


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Murdered then tossed into a mass grave: Sri Lanka unearths 150 decades-old skeletons and promises to uncover the truthPresident appoints commission to seek answers to grisly findThe bodies date back to a Marxist uprising in the 1980sPresidential commission will run alongside ongoing police investigation By Sam Webb PUBLISHED: 15:24 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 10 April 2013 The Sri Lankan government has launched an investigation into a recently uncovered mass grave containing more than 150 skeletons. President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced a presidential commission will be appointed to investigate the chilling find, likely to be the bodies of Marxist rebels killed decades ago, said Lakshman Hulugalle, head of the government's Media Centre for National Security. It was found late last year at a state-run hospital in the central region of the country.

Holidaymakers protest at French ski resort after British instructor is arrested on the slopes for "giving lessons without the right…


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Holidaymakers protest at French ski resort after British instructor is arrested on the slopes for 'giving lessons without the right qualifications'Alex Casey, 40, from Kent, arrested at alpine resort for filming British skiersAround 100 protesters demonstrate against arrest at Megve police stationLatest chapter of ongoing 'piste war' with French authorities By Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 13:13 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:23 GMT, 3 April 2013 Arrested: Ski instructor Alex Casey is accused of working without the correct qualifications Holidaymakers today staged a demonstration outside a French police station to protest against the arrest of a British ski instructor. Alex Casey was accused of providing lessons without a licence in the alpine resort of Megve, where he spent last night in custody.

Britain to get second tolled motorway, but AA warns cost could put drivers off using it


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Britain to get second tolled motorway, but AA warns cost could put drivers off using it By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 08:33 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:33 GMT, 2 April 2013 Government plans for another tolled motorway could backfire, the AA warned today.

Police spend FOUR WEEKS tracking down mother, 45, after she made Facebook joke about egging PM


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Police spend FOUR WEEKS tracking down mother, 45, after she made Facebook joke about egging PMDebra Burt, 45, made remark in frustration over government cuts She wrote 'Cameron – I'd like to egg him' on a friend's Facebook wall Two officers visited her – they had been looking for her for 4 weeks, she said By Vanessa Allen PUBLISHED: 12:29 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 25 March 2013 Exasperation: Debra Burt typed 'I'd like to egg him' about David Cameron on her Facebook timeline, only to have police turn up at her door warning her to stay away from him To Debra Burt, it was no more than an innocent expression of her frustration at Government spending cuts. She vented her feelings about David Cameron on a friend’s Facebook page with the comment: ‘I’d like to egg him.’ But the mother-of-two was astonished when two detectives arrived on her doorstep to question her…and announced they had been trying to track her down for four weeks.

Housing benefit cap: Mother-of-six demands she is rehoused in exclusive suburb after being forced out of 2MILLION home


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‘Get me back to Belgravia’: Mother of six demands she is rehoused in exclusive suburb after a cap on housing benefit forced her out of 2MILLION home Stephanie Demouh was entitled to housing benefit because she was registered as a single mother She lived in a four bedroom house in Belgravia, near Sloane Square, for about three yearsGovernment housing cap resulted in Westminster Council moving family Demouh says she needs to live in the exclusive area so her children can get to school Westminster City Council says it will now investigate the case By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 10:59 GMT, 17 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 GMT, 17 March 2013 A mother-of-six who was forced out of a 2million home in one of London's most expensive areas after the government introduced a cap on housing benefit is demanding the council rehouse her in the same neighbourhood so her children can attend an elite school. Stephanie Demouh, originally from Togo, in west Africa, was entitled to the handouts because she claimed she was a single mother. She was allocated a four-bedroom house in Belgravia, near Sloane Square, where she has been living for about three years with her children.

Man with no shame, Sir David Nicholson, "must share blame" over Mid Staffs scandal, Health Secretary finally admits


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Man with no shame Sir David Nicholson 'must share blame' over Mid Staffs scandal, Health Secretary finally admitsJeremy Hunt changes stance on chief executive of the health serviceUp to 1,200 people died needlessly because of poor care By Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 14 March 2013 The most powerful man in the NHS ‘bears some responsibility’ for the tragedy at Mid Staffordshire, the Health Secretary admitted for the first time yesterday. Jeremy Hunt acknowledged Sir David Nicholson’s failings while running the regional health authority.

Employers "reluctant to hire over-50s" as they can"t force them to retire at 65


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Employers 'reluctant to hire over-50s' as they can't force them to retire at 65Unemployed over 50s are struggling to find work due to 'ageism' Since October 2011 no worker can be forced to retire at the age of 65 By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 01:58 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 12 March 2013 Ageist market: Unemployed over 50s are struggling to find work as bosses fear they may continue to work into their 70s and beyond Unemployed people in their 50s are finding their desperate hunt for a job ‘made worse’ by a key Government rule change, a damning report warned yesterday. Before the change, a boss could ask a worker to leave from the age of 65, known as the ‘default retirement age’, as long as they had been given six months’ notice

Npower"s profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises

Npower's profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises German-owned company saw profits soar by 77million from 313millionIncreased gas tariffs by 8.8% in November and electricity by 9.1%The company's price rises pushed the average bill up by 108 to 1,352Bosses blamed government policy, including green energy plans, for risesMP on Commons energy select committee described profits as 'despicable' , taking its total up to 606million. Profits at parent company Centrica rose 14 per cent to 2.7billion. Britain’s six biggest power firms insist they must make strong profits to finance 150billion of spending on rebuilding Britain’s energy supply

John Coatman: Salford Council worker who lifted the lid on mistakes in children at risk records wins 70,000 payout for being sacked unfairly


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Council worker who lifted the lid on mistakes in children at risk records wins 70,000 payout for being sacked unfairlyJohn Coatman received the payout after a battle with Salford CouncilWas sacked after raising concerns over figures in line manager's reportMr Coatman says the case caused him so much stress he suffered a stroke By James Rush PUBLISHED: 09:52 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 GMT, 20 February 2013 John Coatman has been awarded nearly 70,000 after winning an unfair dismissal case against Salford Council for being sacked after raising concerns about inaccuracies in a report about children at risk of abuse A council worker sacked after pointing out inaccuracies in a report about children at risk of abuse has been awarded 67,995 in an unfair dismissal case. John Coatman, 59, received the payout after a battle with Salford Council, which started in 2008

Anger as MPs quietly water down safeguards on secret justice while focus was on gay marriage debate


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Anger as MPs quietly water down safeguards on secret justice while focus was on gay marriage debate By James Chapman and Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 01:38 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:38 GMT, 11 February 2013 Safeguards against Government plans for a major extension of ‘secret justice’ have been quietly swept away by ministers, campaigners warned last night. They said that as MPs were focusing on last week’s gay marriage vote, the Ministry of Justice made key changes to legislation that will make it easier for ministers to hold potentially embarrassing cases behind closed doors.