News The pregnant Italian woman who was visiting the UK for work, had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section because she had suffered from mental ill health

Essex Council has said the child, which was removed from mother’s womb against her will, is to be adopted, but top judge has now said any further applications must be heard by him

Passengers disembarking Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore, at Stansted Airport, Essex

'Idiots not terrorists': two cleared of endangering aircraft that had to make emergency landing at Stansted

Two men have been cleared of threatening to blow up a plane after a judge ruled they had no case to answer.

Pair remanded after allegedly threating to blow up Pakistan International Airways flight

Two friends who allegedly threatened to blow up an aeroplane and kill its passengers and crew were today remanded to custody.

Peter Dickson was found kneeling alongside his mother's lifeless body

Son jailed for 18 years at least for murdering mother after she threatened to disinherit him

A carpet fitter who smothered his frail mother to death after she threatened to write him out of her will has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years.

Man accused of beating heavily pregnant ex-fiancee to death was 'addicted to cheap supermarket alcohol and Guitar Hero'

A man accused of beating his heavily pregnant ex-fiancee and their unborn baby to death has described how he became addicted to cheap supermarket alcohol and the Guitar Hero computer game.

Double killer David Oakes dies in hospital

A man ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison for torturing and murdering his former partner and two-year-old daughter has died.

'Sexual predator' Paul Taylor found guilty of 1979 murder of Sally McGrath

A man described as a “sexual predator” has been found guilty of a 1979 murder and five attacks on other women.

Man on pregnant woman murder charge

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a pregnant woman and the death of the unborn baby girl she was carrying.

Media wins High Court battle over Dale Farm footage

A landmark High Court ruling has blocked an attempt by the police to seize large quantities of TV film footage shot during high-profile evictions at a travellers' site.

'Sadistic torturer' jailed for life

A man who "sadistically tortured" his former partner before shooting her and their two-year-old daughter dead will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, could be charged with speeding

The Times drops Chris Huhne emails challenge

The publishers of the Sunday Times dropped their challenge to a police bid to obtain emails relating to the Chris Huhne speeding case today.

A Book of Liszts, By John Spurling

With the Faustian frenzy of the first "Mephisto Waltz" and the macabre extravaganza of the Totentanz, tonight the BBC Proms winds up its celebration of the music of Franz Liszt. Born 200 years ago, the son of a farm manager on the Esterhazy estates in Hungary, the piano virtuoso and revolutionary composer debuted aged nine. At 11, he played for Beethoven, who kissed the boy's forehead and blessed him as "one of the fortunate ones" who bring "joy".

Mother denies trying to incite riot

A single mother has denied attempting to incite a riot, saying comments made by BlackBerry Messenger were a joke.

Pensioner dies after attack by swarm of wasps

A pensioner in her 70s has died after being attacked by a swarm of wasps.

Sean O'Grady: Self-interest aside, it's right for fares to be increased

As someone who uses trains every morning to get to work, I feel a bit stupid asking for my fares to be increased. But it's only right, and for a couple of strong, principled reasons. Usually, by the way, when I wrestle with my conscience I win, but on this occasion I will put self-interest to one side.

Taylor century puts pressure on Bopara

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...