The death of Nehru: from the archive, 28 May 1964

India’s first prime minister is dead following a stroke, leaving many anxious about the “after Nehru” eraJawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, is dead. At 2 p.m. local time today 460,000,000 people in this country that has been forged on the anvil of this one man’s dreams and conflicts were plunged into the nightmare world […]
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In praise of … loons | Editorial

Grassroots Tories this week were compared to an aquatic bird famed for its clumsiness – but was that fair on the bird?Until this week, the loon has lived a life of relative anonymity (except in Minnesota, where it is a state emblem). But reports that someone close to David Cameron had likened his party faithful […]
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Jimmy Mubenga repeatedly called for help before he died, inquest hears

Passenger on British Airways flight on which Angolan man was being deported says he begged for help about 50 timesJimmy Mubenga, the 46-year-old man who died on a plane while being deported from the UK by private security guards, begged for help around 50 times, according to a member of the public who witnessed the […]
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Police watchdog criticised for errors in investigation into death in custody

IPCC says it can no longer stand by report that cleared officers over death of Sean Rigg after review finds series of mistakesThe official police watchdog made a series of errors in an investigation which cleared officers over the death of a man in custody, an independent report has found.Sean Rigg, 40, died after being […]
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Theresa May: death by incarceration | Editorial

Supposedly exceptional sentences for exceptional crimes create an inflation that cascades throughout the prison systemPosturing by a previous home secretary over the death of a policeman eventually led to the abolition of the mandatory death penalty for murder. David Maxwell-Fyfe’s refusal to pardon Derek Bentley led to an injustice so grave that something had to […]
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British maker of death penalty drugs adds new restrictions for US buyers

Hikma Pharmaceuticals moves to avoid ‘unintended purposes’ for drugs amid growing European boycott on sale to the USA drug manufacturer based in Britain has vowed to add new restrictions to sales of its products in the US after it was revealed that it sold a batch of barbiturate to the Arkansas department of corrections, which […]
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Jimmy Mubenga inquest: he was asking for help and did not get it, wife says

Mubenga, who was being deported to Angola, died on a plane at Heathrow airport after being restrained by security guardsThe wife of an Angolan man who died as he was being deported from the UK broke down as she told an inquest how he had been asking for help during his last moments.Adrienne Makenda Kambana, […]
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Pit bulls kill jogger – police

Woman, 63, was running in rural Los Angeles when dogs attacked and mauled her to death, witness and police sayA pack of up to four pit bull terriers has been blamed for the death of a jogger in rural Los Angeles, with officials warning on Thursday that the dogs remained on the loose.Sheriff’s Lieutenant John […]
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Death is tobacco companies’ business | Tanya Gold

You can’t blame tobacco firms for resisting plain packaging. But what’s the government’s excuse?The coalition government acts as an agent for Big Tobacco, even as it auto-moralises. I do not think it is mad to call its actions murderous. It has pulled excellent anti-smoking legislation from the Queen’s speech on Wednesday, which would have forced […]
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Bangladesh factory collapse: rescuers find owner’s gun as death toll hits 550

Dhaka police are questioning Rana plaza owner Sohel Rana about gun licence, and have arrested structural engineerRescue workers combing through the rubble of the factory complex that collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than 500 people have found a pistol belonging to the building’s owner.Dhaka police say that Sohel Rana has accepted that the weapon belonged […]
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