News Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

Lebanese army commandos sit on the back of a truck in the Abra district of the southern city of Sidon

Senior lawyer takes out injunction to cover up affair

A senior lawyer has taken out a gagging order typically reserved for philandering footballers to cover up details of his affair with a younger woman.

'S***storm' is a word Chancellor Angela Merkel likes, having used it to describe the Eurozone crisis

Scheißesturm! Why foreign swearing is best (as Angela Merkel knows)

Despite the fact that German is a better language than English for compound nouns, the latest addition to German dictionaries has a particularly British ring to it.

Horwill will lead the Wallabies out at Sydney's ANZ Stadium in the concluding match of the series after the International Rugby Board's appeal against his alleged stamp on Wales second row Alun Wyn Jones was dismissed

British and Irish Lions Tour 2013: Wallabies boosted
but shock at James Horwill ‘stamp’ let-off

Even Aussies surprised by Wallaby captain’s reprieve which could tip the balance in final Test

Online dating group Cupid jumps after dodging arrow over fake profiles

Online dating group Cupid was today cleared of using fake profiles to lure new members but warned it needs to overhaul its operations.

A woman who mistook a tube of superglue for her coldsore cream was taken to Dunedin Hospital

New Zealand woman glues mouth shut with superglue which she thought was coldsore cream

64-year-old had to use grunts and taps to lead emergency services to her house

Peter Sellers, as President Merkin Muffley in Dr Stragelove, using the mythical red phone

Washington's big red phone to the Kremlin is the stuff of Cold War fantasy

Direct communication between the superpowers was never established with a direct, dedicated phone line, it has emerged.

Indian civilians get ready to load relief material for flood affected victims on a helicopter at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand

20 bodies found after India helicopter crashes on Uttarakhand floods rescue

Paramilitary soldiers have recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in northern India where a rescue helicopter crashed while attempting to evacuate people stranded in monsoon floods, the country's air force chief said.

Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch

New laws needed for 'out of control' intelligence agencies

Using technology codenamed Tempora, GCHQ, it is claimed, has been authorised over the past five years to place intercepts on almost 1,600 major fibre-optics cables

DPP has published final guidelines for prosecutors on the approach they should take in cases involving communications sent via social media

Internet trolls will escape prosecution if they apologise, say new guidelines released today

'High threshold' placed on Twitter and Facebook comments before prosecution

Name and shame! Truth must come out vows Jeremy Hunt after report reveals baby deaths CQC cover-up

New chairman of the Care Quality Commission says that his organisation is still “not fully set up” to inspect hospitals

Andy McSmith's Diary: Nadine Dorries and a mystery consultancy

Just in case David Cameron has been weighing up whether to call Nadine Dorries to offer her a place in the government, he need not bother. In a wide-ranging interview with Total Politics magazine, the wayward, Ukip-friendly Tory MP has said that she would “absolutely hate” to be a minister. That is not her only hate. Female journalists, she says, are “so vitriolic [about] other women [that] they do women politicians no favours whatsoever”.

A Royal Air Force Typhoon jet (file photo)

Sonic boom heard in three counties 'broke windows' and prompted deluge of emergency calls

The Ministry of Defence said it was caused when the jets were responding to another aircraft which lost communication

'Feeling like burning down some mosques in Portsmouth, anyone want to join me?': Woman avoids jail after post-Woolwich Facebook comments

Michaela Turner was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for six months

Union leaders claim the Post Office is preparing to announce a £94 million profit

Post Office staff set to strike as talks fail

Union accuses management of being 'aloof and absent from talks'

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