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Information Commissioner rejected request from Beny Steinmetz to reveal Global Witness' files

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Tory MP is told to stop pestering his constituents

Gavin Barwell's campaigns are a 'running joke' and blatant electioneering, says local paper
Jules Stenson, 48, will be sentenced on a date that is to be fixed next year

Jules Stenson: Another former ‘NOTW’ editor convicted for phone hacking

Stenson, 48, will be sentenced on a date that is to be fixed next year

Alan Rusbridger is to let a ‘younger pair of hands take over the reins’

Alan Rusbridger set to take up new role as head of an Oxford college

Soon-to-be ex-Guardian editor is in line to become principal of the university's Lady Margaret Hall

Alan Rusbridger will step down after 20 years in the role

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The frontrunners and the outside chances

Alan Rusbridger to quit as 'Guardian' editor-in-chief after 20 years in role next summer

The Independent has learned that Rusbridger has discussed his intentions to move with fellow members of the Scott Trust

The study found that 40 per cent of press releases contained exaggerated health advice

Bad science reporting blamed on exaggerations in university press releases

Study finds science journalists are not always to blame for the hype

Rolling Stone under attack from all sides as questions arise over university rape story

Magazine admits it made reporting mistakes

Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe who has died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease

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Andrew Mitchell outside the High Court in London after losing his libel action against ‘The Sun’

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Andrew Mitchell is not the first public figure to face ruin after seeking vindication – and damages – in court

Syrian Electronic Army hack hits sites using Gigya, but all data safe

By exploiting a hole in the system that handles domain names such as independent.co.uk, hackers were able to re-direct users

The former Jennie Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill, born in New York, with her sons John (left) and Winston, in 1885

Miliband ally Lord Wood leads condemnation of Daily Express over its definition of 'hidden' migrants

Scathing open letter said definition would mean the Labour leader would be classed as an 'immigrant'

Tony Abbott was labelled ‘flaky’ in The Australian

Rupert Murdoch turns on golden boy Tony Abbott over Australian PM's failure to show 'courage and leadership'

Talk of climate change and a series of gaffes has left the premier vulnerable
Newspaper stands have been criticised by the Child Eyes campaign

Tesco stands up against front pages it says are unsuitable for children

Newspaper stands have been criticised by the Child Eyes campaign

Andrew Mitchell, accompanied by his wife Sharon, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this week (AP)

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The Andrew Mitchell libel trial shows how far Britain’s divided society has come – and how much further it has to go

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