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Detectives said they were "shaken" by "horrific" alleged cases

Money goes towards recruiting gunmen and to foreign investors in the pirates' lucrative enterprise

Worldwide sea piracy falls to lowest level in four years following international warship patrols in the Gulf of Aden

Attempted hijackings fell from more than 350 to 233 in the first nine months of this year

Roads closed around Lebanon in protest against bombing

Lebanese security officials say angry protesters have closed roads around the country to protest the bombing that killed a top security official and seven other people.

Revealed: Grant Shapps' get-rich-quick guide (or it that Michael Green's?)

Extracts of the get-rich-quick scheme created by the Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps, were revealed for the first time last night since it disappeared from the internet.

Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter and a third, unnamed celebrity are accused of molesting underage girls in Savile's BBC dressing room

TV star is third accused of sexually assaulting girl in Savile's dressing room

Personality who cannot be named is alleged to have assaulted 14-year-old

Pakistani intelligence officials says US drone killed two men near the Afghan border

Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected US missile strike has killed two men in the country's northwest near the Afghan border.

Belfast loyal order parade court bid is rejected

A late court bid to change restrictions on a contentious loyal order parade through Belfast has been rejected

Maths teacher Jeremy Forrest

Anonymity law for teachers to come into force

The married teacher missing with his teenage pupil might not have been identified under a new law that comes into force next week.

Inside Obama's war on weed

Does anybody still think criminalising drugs works? Alas, most people do, including Barack Obama. He was a dope user in his younger days, and when asked if he inhaled (Bill Clinton having said he didn't), responded: "I inhaled frequently. That was kind of the point." In America today, seventeen states say cannabis can be distributed for medical purposes. The Daily Beast has a fine report on what that means in practice.

Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals last May

Navy Seal's book rewrites story of Bin Laden's death

Account that al-Qa'ida leader was unarmed when assassinated contradicts official line

KILLED - Osama bin Laden: Founder and leader of al-Qai'da. Killed by US commandos in May 2011

Former soldier claims Osama bin Laden was unarmed and already dead or dying when Navy Seals burst into room and shot him

Account of the raid in the book 'No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal' appears to suggest soldiers went against mission orders not to 'assassinate' bin Laden if he wasn’t posing a threat.

Deadly force: Navy Seals prepare for action

Bin Laden author faces death threats

Jihadists' fury at former US Navy Seal who wrote book about his part in operation to kill al-Qa'ida leader

Last night's viewing - The Girl Who Became Three Boys, Channel 4; Best of British: the Quadfather, Channel 4

I don't think I'll ever have problems with Twelfth Night again. Usually, the disguise element of Shakespeare's play is a bit of stretcher. How besotted would you have to be, you think, not to notice that the man you've just fallen in love with is actually a woman and then that he/she's been swapped with her/his brother? Having watched The Girl Who Became Three Boys, I can now see that Twelfth Night is virtually a work of documentary realism, though my opinion of Olivia has suffered a bit.

The banker Sir Fred Goodwin had his super-injunction exposed

Judge extends celebrities' legal right to anonymity

Celebrities who took out "super-injunctions" to prevent the media revealing details of their private lives were granted a further period of anonymity yesterday.

Brazilian Indians hold three Amazon dam engineers hostage after talks break down

Indians are holding three engineers at one of the work sites of the massive Belo Monte dam in Brazil's Amazon jungle following the breakdown of talks on the project's environmental impact.

Lianne Smith found guilty of killing her children in Spanish hotel

A British woman who smothered her two children in their beds has been found guilty of their "abominable" murders.

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