Blunkett angered by press hacking
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett was bemused about the “phenomenal amount” of information the media had about his personal life, the jury at the Old Bailey hacking trial has heard. His anger was revealed in a series of voicemails left on the mobile of a female estate agent, which has hacked by News of the World. MORE
Spiritual leader runs $95bn empire
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, controls a business empire that spans oil, finance, telecoms and even ostrich farming. The little-known organisation, Setad, is worth $95bn, according to a Reuters news agency investigation. MORE
Grammar schools to boost pupil numbers
A group of leading state grammar schools is planning a major increase in pupil numbers, despite the ban on new schools. The five grammar schools run by the King Edward VI Foundation plan to enrol a further 130 pupils from September. MORE
Worst place in Arab world to be a woman
Almost three years after the start of the revolution in Egypt, the conditions for women has significantly deteriorated, according to research complied by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Egypt is the worst place to live in the Arab world if you are a woman, the report says. MORE
Police prioritise theft over sex crimes
Senior police officers spend more time tackling burglary than catching paedophile sex gangs, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. The watchdog expressed concern over South Yorkshire Police’s failure to act on widespread evidence of abuse. MORE
World champion? Here’s a Belieber
He has been called the Justin Bieber of chess. Twenty-two-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is about to take on India’s Vishwanathan Anand, who has been the undisputed world champion since 2007.
Fugitive Russian tycoon arrested
A Russian property developer wanted in his homeland for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars was arrested yesterday in Cambodia, where he had been living. Cambodian police arrested Sergei Polonsky in the southern coastal town of Sihanoukville. MORE
Dorries ‘sorry’ for breaching rules
The Tory MP Nadine Dorries was forced to apologise to the Commons for failing properly to register her media earnings, including any fee for appearing on I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! following a report by the Commons Standards Committee. She apologised “fully for what was an inadvertent breach of the rules”.