High Court supports Islington council's bid to end Finsbury Square occupation

The High Court has backed a council's move to end the seven-month occupation of a square in London.

Tibetan protester Jamphel Yeshi set himself on fire in New Delhi ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to India earlier this year

China cracks down after Tibetan self-immolations

The 33-year-old who died at the sceneis the 35th Tibetan to immolate since March last year

Crime on London's public transport network falls

Crime on London's public transport network fell last year, new figures show.

The UN observers acknowledge that their presence in an area reduces violence

Syrians on edge as UN teams bring precarious peace – until night falls

The rubbish has been collected but snipers kill people after dark. Patrick Cockburn reports from a Damascus suburb

New-look Leicester Square reopens

After months of disruption, the capital's Leicester Square is being reopened tomorrow to show off its £15.3 million makeover.

Theresa May reveals 'community trigger' to replace ASBOs and target anti-social behaviour

A new ‘community trigger’ is to be introduced to replace the discredited ASBO scheme, and make it quicker and easier for police to investigate complaints of anti-social behaviour.

Andrew Lansley received a stony and at times hostile response at the Royal College of Nursing’s conference yesterday

Andrew Lansley jeered as angry nurses attack cuts to frontline NHS staff

Health Secretary given rough ride at RCN conference as Labour tries to take advantage

Alice Jones: Being outlandish is the name of the game

Outlandish names are no longer confined to the celebrity sphere

A UN observer speaks with Syrian children in the central province of Homs

Students 'killed' after troops storm university campus

Hundreds of students protested in Syria's northern city of Aleppo yesterday after President Bashar al-Assad's security forces stormed the university, allegedly using live ammunition against students and slinging their belongings out of windows during a rampage that left part of the campus in flames.

Appeals court delays ruling on hunger striker

Bahrain's highest appeals court has delayed giving a verdict on a jailed hunger striker and other activists seeking to overturn their sentences linked to the Shia-led uprising against the Sunni monarchy.

Angry youths burn tyres in Budaiya

Grand Prix goes ahead as demonstrators run riot

Formula One drivers took to the race track following days of violent clashes between police and protesters in Bahrain yesterday, with organisers defying calls for the controversial Grand Prix to be cancelled.

Angry youths burn tyres in Budaiya

Bahrain GP limps across finish line as lockdown wins the day

Protesting youths burn tyres in streets as organisers go ahead with controversial race

Bahrain on high alert ahead of Grand Prix

Formula One cars took to the track in Bahrain today, while the government, hoping for a successful Grand Prix, squared off against activists determined to mark it with "days of rage" after more than a year of Arab Spring protests.

Security can't be guaranteed at Grand Prix, says Yates of the Yard

The former high-ranking Metropolitan Police officer currently advising the Bahraini government has said that security cannot be guaranteed at the upcoming Grand Prix.

Mary Dejevsky: The price of foreign wars laid bare on our streets

It was hardly an uplifting sight that greeted me when I left home on Easter Saturday afternoon. A very tall man with dreadlocks dismounted from a yellow bike and urinated in the doorway of the boarded-up pub opposite. I told him I thought it was disgusting. He told me it was none of my business. I said it was, because I lived there. He pedalled off, with two-fingers up.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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