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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there