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A group of lapdancers kidnapped and beat a nightclub boss after he failed to pay them more than £42,000, a court heard.

Bulger father's 'daily nightmare'

The father of James Bulger told a parole board today about the "daily nightmare" of life since his son's murder.

Jailed contempt juror Joanne Fraill 'devastated'

The first juror to be prosecuted for contempt of court for using the internet was today left "totally devastated" as she was jailed for eight months.

Huntley accused 'not fit for trial'

An armed robber alleged to have strangled a paedophile after attempting to kill Soham murderer Ian Huntley may not be fit to face trial, a court heard today.

Mary Dejevsky: It is a warped mind that demands custody or death

Such tragic crimes share so many features that it is surely worth asking whether there is not more that could be done to prevent them

Man admits toddler's rape

A nursery worker has admitted that he raped a toddler in his care.

Pilot jailed for killing wife with hammer

A British Airways captain who admitted killing his wife was acquitted of her murder yesterday, but given 26 years for manslaughter.

Girl murdered by her uncle 'was failed by social services'

A schoolgirl who was tortured, raped and murdered by her uncle was repeatedly failed by child protection services, a damning report said yesterday.

Mother: I did not murder autistic son

A mother who killed her severely autistic son by strangling him told police she had sent him to the "kingdom of heaven" where he would be happy without the disability, a court heard today.

Jail for fraudster who used 15 identities

A "fantasist" who used 15 identities to steal £118,000 by falsely claiming VAT refunds has been jailed for seven years.

Suspect tells of 'assault' by police officers

A terror suspect who was allegedly beaten up and humiliated by four police officers in a dawn raid at his home gave evidence at the officers' trial yesterday.

Boy aged 14 charged with woman's murder

A 14-year-old boy has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a woman who was found dead after a fire at her home.

'Elvis' admits attacking rival

An Elvis impersonator has admitted attacking the son of the star's guitarist at a tribute act convention.

Murder-charge ex-Brookside star Brian Regan in court

A former soap star appeared in court today charged with the murder of a nightclub doorman who was gunned down in the street.

22-year minimum term for murderer

A "cynical and cruel" killer who murdered his 21-year-old wife then dismembered her with an electric saw and hid her remains was today told that he would stay in prison for at least 22 years.

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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