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  • America launched air strikes against an Iran-backed group in Syria, after a US contractor there was killed by a suspected Iranian-made drone. 
  • World Athletics barred transgender women who have been through male puberty from competing in female world-ranking events. 
  • Westminster Abbey said visitors would be allowed to walk on its medieval Cosmati pavement to mark the coronation – as long as they take their shoes off. 

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Detained in Modi’s India: A British citizen’s story

20 March 2023
32 minutes

For five years a British citizen has been locked up in an Indian prison, and the British state hasn’t been willing – or not strong enough – to stand up for him.

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Liz Truss was elected prime minister by a handful of the population – Conservative party members. Her successor was almost chosen this way as well. But nobody knows exactly who these people are – or how secure the process is. So we’ve asked the Conservative Party to tell us.

On 10 October 2022, Tortoise submitted an application for Judicial Review of the Conservative party’s refusal to disclose information about the way it chose Britain’s new prime minister.


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