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Baron Cohen wins Bruno lawsuit

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

A judge in California has ruled that Sacha Baron Cohen is not responsible for injuries sustained by a woman who tried to remove him from an event during the filming of Bruno.

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The Fonz given honorary OBE for education work

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Happy Days actor Henry Winkler has been awarded an honorary OBE for his work with dyslexic children and special educational needs.

Mr Winkler, 65, was the leather-wearing rebel "The Fonz" in the US TV series Happy Days, but has also written 17 books for children featuring Hank Zipcer, a boy with dyslexia.

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Johann Hari admits he was behind Wikipedia antisemitism slur

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The journalist Johann Hari has admitted being behind a string of fake Wikipedia entries, including one where another commentator was described as "antisemitic".

Mr Hari became the subject of a media storm in June after it emerged that an interview with Haaretz writer Gideon Levy included Mr Levy's exact comments in a piece he had written at an earlier date.

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Jack Staw urges UK to back Palestinian state at UN

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has called on MPs to support Palestinian plans for a unilateral statehood bid at the UN.

The British government has not confirmed whether it will support the Palestinians if a vote goes ahead, although the US has already vowed not to back the move.

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David Cameron pulls Britain out of Durban anniversary conference

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

David Cameron has intervened to pull Britain out of the follow-up to the controversial Durban conference.

The Prime Minister is understood to have personally made the decision that the UK should not take part in the event at the United Nations headquarters later this month.

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Amy Winehouse Foundation launched on star's 28th birthday

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

A foundation dedicated to the memory of Amy Winehouse officially launches today on what would have been her 28th birthday .

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up by her father Mitch, who has previously advised the government on drug policy.

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TUC vote to review ties with Israeli trade unions

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The Trades Union Congress has voted at its annual conference to withdraw co-operation with Israeli organisations, including the Israeli trade union the Histadrut.

They said unions should "review their bi-lateral relations with all Israeli organisations, including Histadrut".

Although it was by no means a unanimous vote, it is still a significant step for the TUC.

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BNP leader Nick Griffin given debate platform at Trinity College Dublin

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Nick Griffin has been invited to speak at a Trinity College Dublin event.

A university spokeswoman confirmed that the British National Party leader is set to appear at a Philosophical Society meeting on October 20.

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UK musicians suspended over Israel Proms row

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2011

Four members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra have been suspended for calling on the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Proms appearance earlier this month.

Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were among those who signed a letter to the Independent on August 30.

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Manchester jihadists who recruited police jailed

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 13, 2011

Jihadists from Manchester who wanted to kill Jews, used anti-Israel films to recruit terrorists and organised support for a Gaza aid convoy have been jailed.

Munir Farooqi, Israr Malik and Matthew Newton, who received sentences of between six years and life imprisonment at Manchester Crown Court last Friday, were snared when they unwittingly recruited policemen for terrorism in Afghanistan.

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