News Former Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey

A guest at a Dubai hotel said Rebekah Brooks ‘left a gathering to discuss a missing Surrey schoolgirl’

Nineteen blue-chip clients of corrupt private investigators are to be investigated for criminal offences

Exclusive: Blue-chip hacking scandal - at last, the investigations into those on Soca list begin

Nineteen companies probed over criminal offences after years of inaction

Libel costs cut in bid to make justice accessible

People who sue the media for defamation will only have to pay their own lawyers’ fees even if they lose a case, under plans to reduce the cost of justice in libel cases.

Phone hacking: Former Sunday Mirror journalist Dan Evans charged

Dan Evans accused of plotting with unnamed others to intercept voicemails of 'well-known people and those associated with them'

TV channels fined over Michael Jackson and Milly Dowler claims

Two television channels have been fined a total of £22,500 after they featured psychics making claims about singer Michael Jackson and murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

9 September: trial date set for Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks

The trail of News International's former chief executive Rebekah Brooks, her husband Charles, the former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, and others linked to an alleged illegal phone hacking conspiracy, will begin on 9 September.

A photo issued by Hampshire Police of its new Deputy chief Constable Craig Denholm, who was previously in the same role for Surrey Police

Craig Denholm, officer named in 'amnesia' report over Milly Dowler hacking, lands top role with another force

Craig Denholm will now be Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire

Carine Patry Hoskins and David Sherborne are accused of 'undermining the integrity of the inquiry'

Press exposes two Leveson lawyers' affair

Claims it could have affected report are denied

David Cameron scored dismally in a poll among party activists

Leveson Report: David Cameron faces defeat in press-regulation vote despite attempts to strike a deal with Nick Clegg

David Cameron is staring a heavy Commons defeat in the face after last-ditch attempts to secure a compromise on press regulation stalled tonight.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks on as Wayne Rooney comes on as a sub

Letter from the Editor: Leveson should blow whistle on those who manipulate the news

Sir Alex Ferguson has barred the Independent from his Carrington press conferences after a report by one our writers detailed his fall-out with Rooney

Hacked Off founder Professor Brian Cathcart

Hacked Off: The lobby group that appeared from nowhere - and assumed the moral high ground

The Hacked Off campaigners are not shy about proclaiming what they have achieved, and what work they still see ahead of them. In an almost evangelical tone, they claim that their high-profile lobbying helped force David Cameron into setting up the Leveson Inquiry, and that victims of press abuse were able to tell their story with Hacked Off’s help.

Officer from Milly Dowler case wants chief constable job

The senior police officer who led the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Milly Dowler, and who has recently been investigated by the police watchdog over his handling of the case, could be Devon and Cornwall’s next chief constable.

Rebekah Brooks, former editor of The Sun and the News of the World

Rebekah Brooks paid £10.8 million compensation after she resigned from News International

But former editor of The Sun and the News of the World would be forced to repay millions if she is convicted of criminal charges relating to her time at the company

David Cameron, Prime Minister: Mr Cameron was one of the last witnesses to the Leveson Inquiry and the judge went out of his way to accept one of his key assertions – that politicians had “got too close to the media”. Leveson said: “The problem is public perception... A way of conducting relationships with the media which leads to a situation in which a public inquiry is needed to take an objective, not to say forensic, look at the matter in order to reassure the public cannot be considered as satisfactory.”

Cameron and Hunt let off lightly with conflict of interest warning

Former Culture Secretary criticised for relationship ‘too close with press’ over role in failed BSkyB deal

Editorial: There is only one flaw in Lord Justice Leveson's epic verdict – but it's a crucial flaw

Mr Cameron is right: legislation would be unnecessary, complex and slow

Leveson Inquiry could become one of David Cameron's greatest regrets

When David Cameron comes to write his memoirs about his spell in office, he may well cite the establishment of the Leveson Report as one of his greatest regrets.

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game