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Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less.

The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales. Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily...

Act now’ warning over tax returns.

People required to complete a self-assessment tax return must act now as the deadline is looming, accountants have said. By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter Nearly 12 million people, primarily those with more than one source of income and the self-employed, are...

Waltham Forest stabbing: Moped crash boy, 14, killed.

A 14-year-old boy has been stabbed to death by attackers who knocked him off a moped, the Met said. The wounded teenager was found in Bickley Road, Leyton, in Waltham Forest, at 18:30 GMT on Monday. Detectives believe the moped had been involved in a crash with a car,...

Pagan Roots? 5 Surprising Facts About Christmas.

When you gather around the Christmas tree or stuff goodies into a stocking, you’re taking part in traditions that stretch back thousands of years — long before Christianity entered the mix. Pagan, or non-Christian, traditions show up in this beloved winter...

Christianity’s Pagan Roots: Traditions, Practices, and Holidays.

Kitty Fields  more When Kitty was a little girl she dreamed of being a museum curator or archaeologist. Now she studies and writes all about history. Ancient well at the Church of the Visitation – most likely was originally a sacred pagan...

Pope Francis condemns world of materialism and poverty.

Pope Francis has called on people in developed countries to live a simpler and less materialistic life. He also condemned the huge divide between the world’s rich and poor, saying Jesus’s birth in poverty in a stable should make everyone reflect on the...
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