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Amy Winehouse death due to 'misadventure'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2011

A coroner has ruled that Amy Winehouse's death was due to "misadventure".

An inquest, which took place in Camden today, heard that the singer had been drinking on the day she died. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave her verdict on the basis that Ms Winehouse had chosen to consume alcohol and risked the consequences.

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Amy Winehouse report sent to wrong address

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

Police are investigating why a report into the circumstances of Amy Winehouse's death was delivered to the wrong address.

Although the Metropolitan Police did not detail the contents of the report, they confirmed that it contained material "relating to a forthcoming inquest".

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Press TV could have its licence revoked

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

The Iranian-backed channel, Press TV, has launched a series of bizarre tirades over threats to its broadcasting licence, railing against "members of the royal family and government" for lobbying Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog.

Press TV reported that it was to be taken off air in the UK next week, which Ofcom has not confirmed.

Ofcom is in fact still considering whether to revoke Press TV's

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Campus extremism is 'made up' - UCL head

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2011

Anti-extremism campaigners and Jewish students have rounded on University College London provost Malcolm Grant for claiming there is no problem with extremism on Britain's campuses.

Professor Grant, who was in charge at UCL two years ago when the former president of UCL's Islamic Society, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, allegedly attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane, told the Evening Standa

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Family courts union rejects boycott call

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Probation officers and court staff have rejected a boycott of Israel proposed at their union's annual conference.

NAPO - the union and campaign group which represents more than 9,000 officers and family court workers - debated two anti-Israel motions at its AGM in Eastbourne on October 8 - Yom Kippur.

The union's Family Court section had put forward a motion stating that it was "alarmed and

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Algerian convert wins deportation appeal

By Simon Rocker, October 19, 2011

An Algerian asylum-seeker who was threatened with deportation has won temporary respite after a judge granted him leave to remain in Britain.

But Krim Aitziane, 49, still faces an uncertain future after the Home Office said that it would contest the immigration tribunal ruling.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: "We are extremely disappointed with the court's judgment and we are appealin

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Teen fined for shul break-in

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

A teenager has admitted smashing a synagogue window after "going off the rails" and running away from home.

The 16-year-old, from an Orthodox Jewish family, was arrested in May after police were called to the Magen Avraham congregation in Finchley, north London, when a member of the public heard a window smash and saw someone in the grounds.

When officers arrived at the synagogue following

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Board warns it may not back Big Tent

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

The Board of Deputies has threatened to withdraw its support for a Manchester Israel advocacy conference unless organisers assure it that both Orthodox and Progressive voices will be given a platform.

The vice-president of Manchester's Jewish Representative Council, Mike Samuels, has already expressed his anger at the suggestion there will be a "no-platform policy for Progressive Jews" at the B

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Fury over distribution of 'racist' Gilad Atzmon book

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Britain's largest book distribution database company has said it cannot withdraw a new book by an Israeli-born antisemite from its listings - unless the title is found to have breached race hate legislation.

Gilad Atzmon's The Wandering Who is described by its publishers as "an investigation of Jewish identity politics and contemporary Jewish ideology".

The Community Security Trust has said

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Labour Friends go to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has led its first delegation to the country for two years, with seven MPs meeting political and business leaders.

The week-long tour included a trip to Ramallah and visits to Israel's northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.

On the delegation were MPs Anne McGuire, Rachel Reeves, Jonathan Reynolds, Dan Jarvis, Michael McCann and Pamela Nash.

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