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Diamonds: Conflicting stories

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The Naomi Campbell and Charles Taylor blood diamonds affair dominated the headlines for a considerable number of days.

There was plenty of talk and pictures of the events leading up to the diamonds being allegedly given by Taylor former President of Liberia to Campbell.

What we most certainly did not see was an endless stream of reports outlining the path that blood diamonds take in reaching western jewellers to satisfy the insatiable demand.

The London Peace Awards

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Community workers were rewarded for their contributions at the London Peace Awards held recently.

The GLA supported event attended by London Mayor Boris Johnson aims to acknowledge the contributions of people who have worked to promote peace and cohesion in London.

The event which is now in its tenth year is held across London boroughs. It was set up by the Peace Alliance to organise programmes that increase community cohesion, reduce crime and raise awareness of community safety.

Nick Griffin shunned in Liverpool

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The people of Liverpool it seems are not interested in entertaining the sentiments of Nick Griffin who was forced to abandon an unscheduled stop in Church Street Liverpool, when more than 100 people staged an impromptu demonstration this week.

Alan Brown, regional co-ordinator for Merseyside Unite against Fascism said there had been no pre warning that Griffin would be in Liverpool.

It is not known if his appearance was meant to coincide with the Liberal Democrat conference being held at the Echo Arena.

Asian man's jaw broken in racially motivated attack in Rochdale

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Reports from a leading Manchester newspaper have confirmed that a 27 year old Asian man was repeatedly kicked in the face by a group of up to eight youths who hurled racist abuse at the victim while they attacked him breaking his jaw. The attack happened in broad daylight in Church Street Rochdale on Monday.

Campaign: British grandmother sentenced to US death

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Linda Carty, a British grandmother, has been sentenced to death over the alleged murder of another woman in the US state of Texas nine years ago.

The BBC Newsnight programme recently featured an in depth exploration of the details of this exceptional case.

Carty a 51-year-old British grandmother is going to be executed by lethal injection within months.

Livingstone beats King to the Labour nomination

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Ken Livingstone has won the Labour nomination for Mayor of London and will go on to challenge Boris Johnson in 2012, it was announced today.

Livingstone beat rival, Oona King, with 68.6% of the votes.  The former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and self-confessed Blairite polled 31.4% of the ballot.

Mr Livingstone was elected by a ballot of Labour's 33,000 members in the capital, along with members of organisations affiliated to the party, including the unions.

Labour debacle: Rahman runs as independent

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Earlier this week we were the first to report that Labour Party HQ had overturned the official result of the Tower Hamlets Mayoral selection won by Luftar Rahman.

The newly installed Labour candidate Helal Abbas, the current leader of Tower Hamlets Council came third in the original ballot.  What the second place Labour candidate John Biggs, who should have rightly claimed the place of the recently deposed Rahman, makes of this one can only guess.

Sewell: Blame Black boys for underachievement

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Educationalist Dr Tony Sewell has courted controversy once again by stating that institutional racism in education plays no part in the educational failure of African Caribbean children in UK schools. In 2008, the Department for Education reported that only 27 per cent of black boys achieve five or more A*-C GCSE grades. African-Caribbean boys are also the group most likely to be excluded from school.

Anti-Muslim remarks writer dishonoured

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A prominent American columnist and former university professor has drawn strong criticism ahead of plans to honour him - by naming a social studies chair after him at Harvard.

Martin Peretz who is a also a former professor from Harvard, and who is well known for his regular columns in The New Republic, wrote earlier this month that Muslims in the U.S. should not be entitled to constitutional guarantees of free speech.

He wrote:

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