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Tony Abbott says repealing carbon tax his biggest achievement as Minister for Women

‘Women are particularly focused on the household budget and the repeal of the carbon tax means a $550 a year benefit for the average family,’ the PM said

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Billie Whitelaw: Beckett’s ‘perfect actress’

She starred in The Omen and Frenzy, but she will always be remembered for her powerful interpretations of Beckett’s plays

Frank Lazarus: an existential night in Beckett’s Not I with Billie Whitelaw

Billie Whitelaw, who has died aged 82 after a long illness, was inescapably identified with the work of Samuel Beckett, the playwright who once described her as “the perfect actress”. She became his muse and inspiration, appeared in half a dozen of his plays, and once said “he used me as a piece of plaster he was moulding until he got the right shape.”

But it’s worth recalling that she had a career beyond Beckett, appearing in over 50 movies, including The Omen, The Krays, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, as well as playing Desdemona opposite Olivier’s stage Othello and even playing boy roles in BBC Radio’s Children’s Hour in the 1950s.

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Theresa May warned Tory leadership chances at risk from advisers’ infighting
Home secretary’s cabinet colleagues say Rochester byelection canvassing row could affect Cameron succession

Theresa May, the home secretary, has been warned by cabinet colleagues to act as a “team player” or risk damaging her chances of succeeding David Cameron as leader of the Conservative party.

May has been told to rein in her special advisers who acted in an “arrogant” way after declining to campaign in the recent Rochester and Strood byelection.

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Driver attacks pedestrians in Dijon
Police arrest man who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during incidents that left at least 11 people injured in French city

A man shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he drove into groups of people in the French city of Dijon on Sunday injuring 11 people, two seriously.

“The man, born in 1974, is apparently imbalanced and had been in a psychiatric hospital,” a source told AFP, adding “for now his motives are still unclear”.

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Gus Poyet: Sunderland 'totally deserved' 1-0 victory over Newcastle in north-east derby
In a game that was high on energy but low on quality, Adam Johnson's 89th-minute strike won the game for the visiting Black Cats
Theresa May warned Tory leadership chances at risk from advisers’ infighting
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Belarus blocks online sites and closes shops to stem currency panic
Country’s government imposes draconian measures after currency is dragged down by Russian ruble slide

Belarus blocked online stores and news websites on Sunday, in an apparent attempt to stop a run on banks and shops as people rushed to secure their savings.

The Belarussian currency was dragged down by the slide of the Russian ruble last week, leading authorities to impose draconian measures, forbid price increases even for imported goods, and warn people against panic.

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Manchester City and Southampton blocked from signing Wesley Sneijder by Galatasaray
The Dutch midfielder wants a move to the Premier League, but the Turkish club have now pledged to meet all his contractual obligations
Belarus blocks online sites and closes shops to stem currency panic
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