Al-Qa'ida-linked Syrian rebels ask for 'understanding and forgiveness' after mistakenly decapitating the wrong person

In a gruesome video posted online earlier this week two men are shown displaying the head of a bearded man in front of a crowd of people

Protests such as that by the Occupy movement outside St Paul's Cathedral in 2011 could be affected

Councils to be given powers to ban peaceful protests that might disturb local residents

Anger mounts at ‘shockingly open-ended’ Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill that could also see youngsters banned from skateboarding, forbid teenagers from using local parks and prevent demonstrators from gathering outside council offices

G4S staff suspended over falsified asylum document

The beleaguered security firm G4S has suspended two employees after a High Court judge said officials at an immigration removal centre had falsified a document that had led to an asylum seeker being returned home, where he was beaten with a metal rod.

Arrests and dozens injured at historic Lewes bonfire night celebrations

Around 30,000 people descended on East Sussex town – dubbed the bonfire capital of the world – for annual event

New police anti-terror powers could be unlawful, say MPs

Joint committee on human rights criticise right to detain travellers and raid their data

Damian Green, minister for policing and criminal justice

New Home Office rules give police sweeping powers to curb sex offenders

Police are to get the power to restrict the freedom of anyone they suspect of being a sex offender, even if the person has never been convicted of a crime.

Teenager accused of planning repeat Columbine massacre ‘asked teacher’s advice on gun,’ court hears

The science teacher of a teenager accused of planning a repeat of the Columbine massacre told a court the boy asked him which gun he would prefer to be shot with. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also asked for advice from the chemistry teacher about making explosives and told him he wanted to “blow up a mosque,” the Old Bailey heard.

My ninety days solid playing Battlefield 4

What is too much screen time doing to our teenagers?

The immersive world that games like GTA 5 offer is the appeal, not the violence

Grand Theft Auto is a razor sharp satire of modern American culture

A demonstration from May 2004, called to highlight the plight of the many thousands of Afghans disabled during more than two decades of war

MoD paid £3,000 compensation for Afghans killed by UK military

Rights groups claim payouts are pitifully low and do not give families sufficient help

McBride admits that in 2005 he 'orchestrated what looked like a briefing war' between Clarke and a prominent civil servant, Louise Casey (pictured)
Desmond James Noonan used his share of the prize to buy a £350,000 house and new car – and to fund a drug deal

Crime boss' son spent share of lottery win on heroin deal

Desmond Noonan and accomplices were caught with haul of the class-A drug worth £25,000

Shadow culture minister Gloria De Piero claimed the Asbo had achieved results

Don’t scrap Asbos or nuisance neighbours will go unpunished, warns MP

Nuisance neighbours will go unpunished if the Government presses ahead with plans to scrap anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos), a Labour MP has warned.

A view of Ashton Gate

Bristol City and Bristol Rovers unite to condemn violence at derby

17 people were arrested

Azerbaijan government in crackdown on activists ahead of presidential elections

The government has intensified a crackdown on activists and journalists to stifle criticism of the long-term leader Ilham Aliyev before presidential elections in October, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable