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Briton spared Pakistan death sentence

Foreign secretary Margaret Beckett has said she is “genuinely relieved and grateful” that a Briton who has been on Pakistan’s death row for 18 years is to be spared. Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has ruled that Mirza Tahir Hussain, 36, from Leeds, should instead be given a life sentence for murdering a taxi driver in… Read more »

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MPs urge action to tackle financial exclusion
Poor people ‘paying more for loans’

People on low incomes are paying more than rich people for credit and need better support in making financial decisions, a new report has warned. MPs on the Treasury select committee warned that promoting financial inclusion was “crucial to the fight against poverty” and urged ministers to take action. The report says too many people… Read more »