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Sharia law guidelines abandoned as Law Society apologises

telegraph.co.uk — The document also detailed how children born out of wedlock might not be counted as legitimate heirs. Mr Caplen's predecessor as president, Nicholas Fluck, strongly resisted criticism of the guidelines when details were published in March. But in a short statement the society said it now had decided to withdraw them in light of "feedback" from the public and lawyers themselves.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @LegatumInst: Law Society apologises for endorsing #Sharia wills that penalise widows and non-believers ow.ly/EPn3U pic.twitter.com/stiVYCpJEV

Nov 24, 2014

UK Law Society apologizes for controversial guidelines for drawing up Sharia-style wills. telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/…

Nov 24, 2014

Law Society president Andrew Caplen says: "We have withdrawn the note and we are sorry." (via @john_bingham) More: telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/…

Nov 24, 2014

Lawyers almost never say sorry. But the Law Society has - over its guidelines for Sharia-compliant Wills: telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/…

Sketch: The EU debate keeps bubbling away

telegraph.co.uk — "What, the Owen Paterson? As in the Conservative MP for North Shropshire since 1997, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 2010-12, and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2012-14? Irritable-looking bloke, with his glasses always perched right down at the tip of his nose in the style of a disgusted headmistress?"
Nov 24, 2014

RT @MichaelPDeacon: "Enormously attractive": my @telegraph sketch on backbench Tory EU mania, pt94,621. goo.gl/elwjwQ

Nov 24, 2014

RT @MichaelPDeacon: "Enormously attractive": my @telegraph sketch on backbench Tory EU mania, pt94,621. goo.gl/elwjwQ

Nov 24, 2014

@MichaelPDeacon: "Enormously attractive": my @telegraph sketch on backbench Tory EU mania, pt94,621. goo.gl/elwjwQ” // Brilliant.

Islamic State relaxes vetting of foreign jihadists in a bid to boost recruits

telegraph.co.uk — "It began like this: a friend in Aleppo rang me and told me there was someone they needed to bring to Syria. He said they would be guests in the country. So I took them to my home when they arrived in Turkey," he said. "The first 'guest' was a jihadist from Saudi Arabia.
Nov 24, 2014

More evidence of a labor shortage. The Islamic State is relaxing its standards for new Jihadists. telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

UK's blackout prevention plans in doubt after back-up power plant fails

telegraph.co.uk — But Peterhead, a 32-year old plant with 780-megawatt capacity, unexpectedly failed to produce required power levels last Thursday during a monthly "proving" test. "We are in the process of discussing what did go wrong," a spokesman for National Grid said.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @emilygosden: Plans to prevent blackouts in doubt after Peterhead power plant - supposed to provide back-up - fails during testing: telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsby…

Nov 24, 2014

Plans to prevent blackouts in doubt after Peterhead power plant - supposed to provide back-up - fails during testing: telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsby…

Britain's EU retreat means German hegemony warns Prodi

telegraph.co.uk — "France is ever more disoriented and Britain is losing power by the day in Brussels after its decision to hold a referendum on EU membership," he said. "All the countries that previously maintained an equilibrium between Germany, France, and Britain (from Poland, to the Baltic States, passing through Sweden and Portugal) are regrouping under the German umbrella," he told the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @AmbroseEP: Brexit dynamic upsets the whole chemistry of Europe. Leads to unhealthy German hegemony, which Germans do not want telegraph.co.uk/finance/econom…

Turkish president declares women and men are not equal

telegraph.co.uk — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.

Ferguson waits for decision over police shooting

telegraph.co.uk — The task of the grand jury was not to decide if Mr Wilson was guilty , but whether there was enough evidence to press criminal charges that could range from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. The announcement of the decision was delayed for several hours as authorities prepared for possible trouble and informed Mr Brown's family and Mr Wilson of the ruling.

BT in talks to buy O2

telegraph.co.uk — BT is in talks to buy O2, Britain's second-largest mobile network, which it originally spun off in 2001 and is now owned by Spain's Telefonica. The telecoms giant said it had also been approached by the shareholders of another British operator, believed to be EE, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom and Orange.
Nov 24, 2014

It's never dull in telecoms M&A - #BT in talks to buy O2 & another UK operator telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsby… #bigdeal

Nov 24, 2014

BT shares up 2.9pc on news it is in early stage talks to buy back O2 from Telefonica - our story here: telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsby…

Nov 24, 2014

BT may move back into mobile phone network by buying O2 and/or even EE goo.gl/TQqPP3

China to declare war on ‘bizarre architecture’

telegraph.co.uk — The days in which architects in China were allowed to create buildings resembling penguins, pianos or even male genitalia appear numbered after a top Communist Party official announced plans for an offensive against "bizarre architecture".
Nov 24, 2014

RT @amirpc: How can someone write an article with the phrase “Bizarre Architecture” in the title and not say “Bizarchitecture”? telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Nov 24, 2014

China to declare war on “bizarre architecture” telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews… Under new rules RemKoolhaas' stunning CCTV HQ wdnt get built. Madness.

Labour plans to strip independent schools of tax relief

telegraph.co.uk — He said that independent schools generate £4.7 billion in tax and save the tax payer a further £4 billion by educating children out of the state school sector. "To subject independent schools to one-size-fits-all regulations does not take into account the diverse nature of our sector - many are small local schools," he said.

Letter that inspired Kerouac's On the Road discovered after 60 years

telegraph.co.uk — When asked to describe it, Kerouac said: "It was the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better'n anybody in America, or at least enough to make Melville, Twain, Dreiser, Wolfe, I dunno who, spin in their graves."
Nov 24, 2014

RT @LarocqueSyl: Letter that inspired Kerouac's On the Road discovered after 60 years bit.ly/1yO9ez5

Nov 24, 2014

Letter that inspired Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' is discovered after 60 years bit.ly/1vhbhwx via @Telegraph

Nov 24, 2014

The Neal Cassady letter that seeded Kerouac"s "On The Road" found after 50 years. Quite a story. telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @hughriminton: The Neal Cassady letter that seeded Kerouac"s "On The Road" found after 50 years. Quite a story. telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Workers saving for retirement 'keeping interest rates low'

telegraph.co.uk — Interest rates may have to stay lower for longer as workers are forced to save money they would otherwise have spent in shops, the Bank of England has said. Andy Haldane, the Bank's chief economist, said the pressure to prepare for longer retirements as life expectancy increased could hold back economic recovery.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @MoneyTelegraph: Workers saving for retirement 'keeping interest rates low' tgr.ph/1C6Qctt

Q&A: Black Friday 2014 - all you need to know

telegraph.co.uk — Q. When is it? A. It is the Friday after Thanksgiving, the US holiday, a day when most Americans are not at work and free to visit the mall. This is the fourth Friday in November, which this year is November 28. For many, this will also be their final pay day before Christmas.

Time for the main parties to stand up to Ukip over immigration

telegraph.co.uk — To reinforce the point, he repeated it. "The policy changed on Wednesday, and I'm a bit sore about how I sort of came out of that, because I don't actually think I said I was only talking about welcoming people of particular circumstances."
Nov 24, 2014

RT @DPJHodges: Now we know. Ukip believe in repatriation, the purest form of political racism. They must be fought > Telegraph > http:/…

Nov 24, 2014

Now we know. Ukip believe in repatriation, the purest form of political racism. They must be fought > Telegraph > tinyurl.com/o449hsg

German bond yields to trump Japan as ECB battles deflation

telegraph.co.uk — German bond yields are to fall below Japanese levels and plumb depths never seen before in history as Europe becomes the epicentre of global deflationary forces, according to new forecast from the Royal Bank of Scotland. "We are seeing `Japanification' setting in across Europe," said Andrew Roberts, the bank's credit strategist.

Wales struggling to be pitch perfect at the Millennium Stadium following introduction of £3.1m artificial surface

telegraph.co.uk — Apparently the stadium's other uses, like speedway, pop concerts and football, were key factors, but it would have been controversial anyway. And not just from the traditionalists. For there seems to be a growing band of critics keen to stress that too much danger lurks for those playing rugby on the plastic.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @TelegraphRugby: Wales struggling to be pitch perfect at the Millennium Stadium following introduction of £3.1m artificial surface bit.ly/1xuinKZ

What Chuck Hagel's resignation means - in 60 seconds

telegraph.co.uk — When Barack Obama picked Chuck Hagel , a 68-year-old former Republican senator, to be his Secretary of Defence in 2013 he was supposed to be a safe pair of hands. Officials hinted the White House wanted a low-key appointment after two years of Leon Panetta, the gregarious, bureaucratic street-fighter who wrote a book criticising.
Nov 24, 2014

Chuck Hagel, a decorated Vietnam war veteran, was first enlisted man to be US Sec of Defence telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo… pic.twitter.com/ADvmxpPuNE

Bill Cosby accuser: 'He's very ill. I want him to get well'

telegraph.co.uk — Cosby has yet to acknowledge any of the claims of sexual assault eight women have made against him, saying: "A guy doesn't not have to answer to innuendos ." Tarshis said: "I met Bill in 1969, in his dressing room at his bungalow, while he was shooting his first sitcom - The Bill Cosby Show.
Nov 24, 2014

I spoke to Joan Tarshis. She says Bill Cosby assaulted her. But she wants him to "get well" telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-l… pic.twitter.com/DXJlW7dJqk

Nov 24, 2014

Bill Cosby accuser: 'He's very ill. I want him to get well' bit.ly/1r3bKTh

Saudi Arabia holds key to oil price as Opec meeting nears

telegraph.co.uk — Arriving early in Vienna on Monday, Mr Naimi said that he doesn't expect a "difficult" meeting and that "this is not the first time the market is oversupplied". These comments would suggest that the group may be getting ready to take some action to limit output in response to weakening global demand.