Alan Bennett reveals that his lover, ‘Café Anne’, is dead

Author: By Billy Kenber

Their on-off relationship, which the playwright went to lengths to keep out of the public eye, ended in January when Anne Davies, his former housekeeper, lost her fight against lung cancer aged 57, Bennett revealed last week. She was first diagnosed in August 2007 and managed to defy the initial prognosis that she had only three months to live. The affair had earlier confounded popular belief that Bennett was gay when he let slip details of their relationship to a US magazine in 1993.

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China executes nine people over riots that left 200 dead

Author: By Christopher Bodeen in Beijing

The defendants were the first to be put to death for their roles in the violence on 5 July, when members of the Uighur minority rampaged through the streets of Urumqi, in Xinjiang province, attacking members of the majority Han Chinese community. Two days later, mobs of Han Chinese took to the streets in revenge.

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US army post shooting rampage leaves 13 dead

Author: AP

The suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was on a ventilator and
unconscious in a hospital after being shot four times during the shootings
at the Army’s sprawling Fort Hood, post officials said. In the early chaos
after the shootings, authorities believed they had killed him, only to
discover later that he had survived.

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Mortgage rates fall back but 100 per cent deals are dead

Author: By James Daley

However, it is now only home owners who have a minimum 25 per cent of equity in their properties, who qualify for the best rates, with many first-time buyers having to pay much higher rates than they would have last year.

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Sybil the Downing St mouser is dead

Author: By Emily Ashton, Press Association

Mr Darling’s spokeswoman confirmed that the black and white cat died yesterday
at the home of a family friend in London.

Sybil, named after Basil’s wife in the TV show Fawlty Towers, was moved into
the Chancellor’s flat above 11 Downing Street from the Darling family home
in Edinburgh in 2007.

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Three-year-old shoots himself dead

Author: Associated Press

The boy’s mother said in an emergency call on Tuesday that William McAnaul
pulled the trigger after he found the 9mm handgun under a bed in the
family’s home in the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Vandalia.

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Russian activist shot dead

Author: By Mansur Mirovalev in Moscow

Four men forced her into a car in the Chechen capital, Grozny, and witnesses heard her yell that she was being abducted, according to Oleg Orlov, head of Memorial, one of Russia’s most prominent rights organisations where Ms Estemirova worked.

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