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Crispin Blunt again defends convicted sexual abuser Imran Ahmad Khan

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The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has again defended his former colleague Imran Ahmad Khan, claiming Ahmad Khan’s conviction for sexual abuse was “a serious miscarriage of justice”. Ahmad Khan was found guilty last mo...

‘Devil’s advocate’? Russian soldier’s Ukrainian lawyer defends role on eve of verdict

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Defending a Russian soldier accused of a war crime in Ukraine is no easy task, which is why some people have described Viktor Ovsyannikov as “the devil’s advocate”. But the 43-year-old Ukrainian is unrepentant. “First...

Russian Cannes contender defends Roman Abramovich as a ‘patron of the arts’

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The dissident Russian film director Kirill Serebrennikov is calling for the lifting of sanctions on Roman Abramovich, one of the investors behind his latest film. The Russian oligarch, now trying to sell Chelsea footb...

Anthony Albanese defends delaying release of policy costings until two days before election

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Labor leader Anthony Albanese has defended the party’s decision not to release the party’s costings until Thursday, saying he has been “transparent” throughout the election campaign.But delaying until after the advert...

Scott Morrison defends marginal seat spending saying MPs ‘know what their community needs’

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The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has defended spending taxpayer funds for projects in marginal seats – including those criticised by the auditor general - saying MPs have more idea about community needs than “publi...

Scott Morrison defends delaying protections for LGBTQ students as party tensions resurface

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Scott Morrison has claimed gay students are not being expelled from religious schools while defending his decision to delay protections for them until after the passage of the religious discrimination bill. The Labor ...

NSW Icac chief defends agency after Scott Morrison criticised its powers and investigations

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The head of New South Wales’ anti-corruption watchdog has taken a thinly veiled swipe at recent criticisms of the body, including from the prime minister, saying they are “misguided and unfounded”. Chief commissioner ...

Scholz defends Ukraine policy as criticism mounts in Germany

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The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has defended himself against accusations that his approach to Russian aggression has been hesitant and timid, insisting his decisions followed close consultation with Germany’s alli...

Oil and gas industry defends North Sea spending levels as Kwarteng urges more

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The oil and gas industry has defended the amount it invests in the North Sea, ahead of a storm over bumper profits as households face rocketing energy bills. The energy companies BP and Shell are expected to report s...

Vladimir Putin defends Kamila Valieva and hits out at bans on Russian athletes

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Vladimir Putin has expressed support for the Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, saying she did not compete “dishonestly” after her doping case dominated the Winter Olympics in Beijing this year. Valieva was a membe...

Wimbledon defends player ban as Djokovic is given green light for SW19

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Wimbledon chiefs have denied the decision to decline the entries of Russian and Belarusian players to the championships this year in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was an act of discrimination, a charge made ag...

UK government defends bonuses paid to staff of collapsed firm Bulb

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The UK government has defended a decision to pay millions of pounds in bonuses to staff at the collapsed energy supplier Bulb, despite the fact that it has been effectively nationalised as part of a bailout that could...

Minister defends shelving right to roam report: ‘the countryside is a place of business’

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The English countryside is a “place of business” and already has “hundreds of thousands of miles of public footpaths”, a minister has said in response to questions about why the “right to roam” report has been shelved...

‘I don’t regret it’: ex-CIA agent who inspired Zero Dark Thirty defends waterboarding

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In the 2012 Hollywood hit Zero Dark Thirty, a red-haired Central Intelligence Agency analyst played by Jessica Chastain travels to a secret CIA prison and watches a colleague waterboard a screaming al-Qaida suspect, t...

German foreign minister defends delay in sending armoured vehicles to Ukraine

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Germany’s foreign minister has insisted there is “no taboo” in Berlin over sending armoured vehicles to Ukraine, as her government defends itself against criticism that its delay in authorising the delivery of heavy w...

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