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Chris Huhne's son threatened to go to the police over allegations his father tried to avoid a driving ban by asking his mother to accept speeding points.
Huhne resigned as the MP for Eastleigh this morning after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice by asking Vicky Pryce, his then wife, to take speeding points for him.

The role of his youngest son, Peter, was exposed when a series of text messages were read out during a legal argument over said case.
The messages also shows a bitter breakdown in the relationship between father and son, after the MP admitted having a long lasting affair in June of 2010.
A year later, allegations were published that Huhne has persuaded Miss Pryce to take the speeding points, which would have landed him with a driving ban.
In text messages, Huhne appeared to have acknowledge the seriousness of the allegations that Ms Pryce took speeding points on his behalf.


British and Irish Lions watch: Brian O'Driscoll leads the lines after thrilling Six Nations opener
Everybody is picking their "current" Lions team and I certainly don't intend missing out on that fun even if the normal caveats apply - there are five months to go yet and anything can happen.


Fitness is what counts and that's why the Six Nations remains the most important guide for the British and Irish Lions.

And what have we learnt after the first weekend of the Six Nations, other than the fact that two or three Italians would be a valuable addition to the squad if the Home Unions ever wanted to adopt them?

It's rugby's loss that we will most likely never see Sergio Parisse going head to head with the southern giants on equal terms. But in the meanwhile he continues to do an excellent job inspiring his fast improving Italian team.


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'wants to be first Iranian in space'
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready to "be the first man in space" for Iran, as his country's fledging programme aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.



Speaking during a ceremony in Tehran where two new Iranian-made satellites were unveiled, he said: "Our youth are determined to send a man into space within the next four to five years and I'm sure that will happen."

He then added: "I am ready to be the first Iranian, ever, to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space, even though I know that there are a lot of candidates."

He added to the atmosphere by saying he was willing to "auction and donate" the money to the Iran's space programme, which has shrunk due to international economic sanctions over Tehran's controversial nuclear drive, ISNA reported.

Iran, which last week announced it had successfully sent a small monkey into space, has said that it wants to send a man into orbit by the year 2020.

Mr Ahmadinejad announced on Monday that two small satellites, named "Nahid" and "Zohreh" ("Venus" in Farsi and Arabic, respectively).
News Highlights 04.03.13...03.04.13 News Highlights 04.03.13...03.04.13 Reviewed by Tilli Saunders on Monday, February 04, 2013 Rating: 5

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