Arts and Entertainment Stephen Fry has been cast as the British Prime Minister in the second series of 24

The actor and comedian will star alongside Jack Bauer in the second series

Cyber charge teenager bailed

A teenager accused of attempting to hack the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) was today released on conditional bail.

Police admit cybercrime is 'deeply worrying' as Essex teen is charged

Ryan Cleary, 19, is allegedly a member of LulzSec, one of the newbreed of hacking groups giving police new problems

Who are the group behind this week's CIA hack?

The posting on Twitter was brief and to the point: “Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz”. Barely a month seems to go by without some sort of high-profile hack attack making global headlines and June is turning out to be a cracking month for online mischief makers.

Pakistanis accused of CIA collusion over Bin Laden raid

Spy agency arrests at least five in attempt to 'shut down unauthorised US operations'

Bin Laden 'was actively involved' in plots

Osama bin Laden was still actively involved in planning and directing al-Qa'ida's terror plots at the time he was killed, US officials have said.

A $110m legal circus as Ringling Brothers owner is sued by his sister

Warring Feld siblings prepare for courtroom battle this week over damages for alleged assault

Leon Panetta: The terminator

As America's spymaster-in-chief, he directed the counter-terrorism coup to end them all – killing Osama bin Laden. Now, at 73, he's taking on an even tougher job, running the US military machine

Al-Qa'ida vows revenge for death of Bin Laden

Terror network confirms its figurehead was killed in raid / Seized data reveals leader was still active in planning attacks

Hanna: Review of film starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

Obama blocks release of Bin Laden photographs due to security fears

Concern that 'graphic' images of corpse may incite violence as US begins manhunt for likely successor to al-Qa'ida leader

Intelligence chief who 'turned a blind eye' to notorious neighbour

Speaking to a passing out parade at Pakistan's equivalent of Sandhurst, General Ashraf Kayani was expansive. His forces had "broken the back" of Islamist militancy. "Inshallah, we shall prevail," he declared.

US Army General 'to be next head of CIA'

CIA director Leon Panetta will become US defense secretary and will be replaced at the spy agency's helm by US Army General David Petraeus, current head of military operations in Afghanistan, ABC News reported today.

Cuba: News chief arranged 'spy meeting'

A former news agency bureau chief has been accused of arranging a meeting on a Havana street between an undercover Cuban agent and a US diplomat who, it is claimed, was really a CIA operative.

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