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Aristocrat reaches divorce settlement on the eve of court battle

January 21, 2013 0 comments

One of Britain’s wealthiest aristocrats has reached a divorce settlement with his fifth wife shortly before a court hearing was due to begin. Spencer ‘Spenny’ Compton, the 7th Marquess of Northampton, and Pamela Haworth married in 1990 but the marriage ended two decades later when the aristocrat reportedly discovered  that his wife  had become involved…

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Japan to sign Hague child abduction treaty

January 21, 2013 1 comment

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has announced plans to sign the Hague Convention on Child Abduction. More formally known as the ‘Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction’, this international treaty provides a legal mechanism for the return of children abducted by a parent from one participating country into another. To date,…

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Indian actress divorces just a year after marriage

January 19, 2013 0 comments

Popular Indian actress Mamta Mohandas has filed for divorce from her husband after only a year of marriage. The actress, who is best known for roles in Malayalam films from southern India, married businessman and childhood friend Prajith Padmanabhan in December 2011, but the couple have now applied for divorce by mutual consent in the…

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Rotherham sham marriage mastermind jailed

January 18, 2013 0 comments

A Rotherham man who masterminded a multinational sham marriage scheme has been jailed for six years. Pakistani national Talib Hussain ran a the complex scheme from his home in Rotherham, flying Eastern European women to Islamabad for staged weddings with Pakistani men. The men could then apply for UK visas under EU open border regulations….

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French edition of Elle magazine promotes gay marriage

January 18, 2013 0 comments

The French edition of fashion magazine Elle has waded into the country’s current debates over gay marriage legislation with a special issue devoted to ‘marriage for all’. Publication of the issue followed protests in Paris over the weekend, when several hundred people marched to protest against plans to legalise gay marriage and allow adoption by…

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Wife of mob enforcer sues for divorce

January 18, 2013 0 comments

The wife of a jailed Mafia enforcer has sued for divorce. Anthony ‘Tough Tony’ Calabrese, now 52, was jailed for 62 years in 2008 after being found guilty of armed robbery and sent to Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas. He had previously been found guilty of extortion. His wife Barbara, 53, has now filed a petition…

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Wife of jailed millionaire promises private prosecutions

January 18, 2013 2 comments

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The estranged wife of jailed property developer Scot Young has pledged to bring private prosecutions against the bankers she believes helped him to hide his fortune. Michelle Young told the Evening Standard: “We are going to bring in private prosecutions on the criminal conspiracy for all the people involved. It is a big list.” She…

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