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Tough Drug Laws Have No Impact On Use - Report

Severe criminal penalties on drug taking makes no difference to the level of substance use in a country, a Government report has indicated.

Illegal Drugs In England And Wales: The Facts

The 2012-13 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) shows illegal drug-taking was down slightly on the previous year.

Mosque Closure Is 'Declaration Of War' - Abbas

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closure of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque as a "declaration of war".

Apple Boss: I'm Gay And I Want To Inspire People

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has come out as gay and says he wants to "inspire people to insist on their equality".

Father Of Murdered Schoolgirl Sarah Payne Dies

Tributes have been paid to Michael Payne, father of the murdered schoolgirl Sarah, after he died at the age of 45.

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A round-up of the latest stories from the world of sport - brought to you from the Sky Sports News HQ.

Newcastle Knock-Out Holders Manchester City

An understrength Newcastle pulled off a big League Cup shock by beating holders Manchester City 2-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Ferdinand Banned And Fined Over Tweet

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been given a three-match ban and fined £25,000 by the Football Association over comments he posted on Twitter.

Flawless Levy Leads BMW Masters

Alexander Levy made the ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season - and second in China - in the BMW Masters on Thursday.

Grant: Women's Sport A Priority

Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant remains committed to driving an increase in female participation in sport.

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Young Fathers Win Mercury Music Prize 2014

Young Fathers have won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish album of the last year.

McConaughey Film Interstellar 'Pretty Physical'

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has said his latest movie was a test of endurance.

Rap Mogul Suge Knight Charged With Robbery

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams have been charged with robbery after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera.

Ant And Dec Back As Brits Hosts After 14 Years

Organisers of the Brit Awards are hoping that bringing back TV favourites Ant and Dec will reverse a slump in ratings.

Elton John: Pope Francis Is 'My Hero'

Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his push to accept gays in the Catholic church.

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Barclays Sets Aside £500m Over For-Ex Probe

Barclays has confirmed a £500m provision for fines relating to allegations foreign exchange markets were manipulated by banks.

RAC Demands Motorway Petrol Price Caps

The RAC is demanding action to cap motoroway service station fuel prices, describing them as "21st century highway robbery."

Apple Boss: I'm Gay And I Want To Inspire People

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has come out as gay and says he wants to "inspire people to insist on their equality".

Two Banks Face Sale As Owner Plots UK Exit

The Australian owner of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks says it may float them on the stock market as it prepares to exit UK banking.

Ex-Tesco Boss Leahy Eyes MetaPack Share Sale

A logistics firm which counts the former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy among its directors is drawing up plans for a share sale that would crystallise multimiillion pound fortunes for its investors.

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Vine Star Held By FBI Over Plane Speedo Video

A Vine star was detained by the FBI after dancing down the aisle of a plane dressed in swimming trunks.

Board Game Operation's Inventor Needs Surgery

The man who invented the board game Operation half a century ago now needs help paying for a real operation.

Dating Site Uses DNA Swabs To Find Matches

A website which uses DNA swabs to determine a romantic match has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of new investment.

X-Ray Shows Tortoise Swallowed Turtle Charm

A veterinarian was shell-shocked when he found the cause of a sick tortoise's sluggishness - he had swallowed a turtle pendant.

Dancing Policeman Stops Traffic With Groove

A US policeman has been bringing traffic to a standstill with his dance moves.

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Mosque Closure Is 'Declaration Of War' - Abbas

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closure of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque as a "declaration of war".

Sri Lanka Mudslide: Tragic Stories Emerge

A hugely destructive mudslide at Sri Lanka's Koslanda tea plantation is thought to have left no survivors.

Ebola: Better Maps Could Have Helped Fight Virus

Better maps could have helped contain the deadly Ebola virus, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Surfer Bitten After Standing On Shark's Head

A surfer in Australia says he was bitten by a shark after accidentally standing on the creature's head.

Apple Boss: I'm Gay And I Want To Inspire People

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has come out as gay and says he wants to "inspire people to insist on their equality".

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