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Latest update : 2013-09-05

Politicians: poker, porn and sleeping on the job

It's a bad day for spin doctors! An unflattering photo of François Hollande is withdrawn by the AFP news agency. Was it censorship or just overly-cautious editors? Meanwhile, John McCain's image is tarnished by him playing poker on his smartphone during a Senate debate on Syria. In Britain, things aren't much better with the porn habits of the UK Parliament unveiled! Finally, a blog shows Lords snoozing on the job...

By James CREEDON

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2017-07-20 Donald Trump

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2017-07-18 France

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