News Crime is falling sharply

Burglary and murders are down again, but what’s driving this 20-year drop in offences?

Mr Dotcom wins bail and vows to fight extradition

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, was released on bail yesterday after a New Zealand judge determined that the authorities have seized any funds he could have used to flee the country.

Back-to-work tsar's business has faced nine official investigations

The company belonging to the back-to-work tsar, Emma Harrison, which is being looked at by Thames Valley Police in connection with allegations of fraud by employees, has been investigated nine times since 2005 by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Apple fights it out with Chinese 'Ipad' manufacturer in Shanghai courtroom

The escalating legal battle over the rights to the iPad name in China has reached a Shanghai courtroom, in a case that could prevent Apple selling the wildly popular tablet computer in the country's commercial heartland.

Police website to reveal crime hotspots

A website allowing victims of street crime to formally report and map where in the capital they were robbed or assaulted was launched today.

Identity of 'computer hacker' is revealed

A man suspected of an important role in the hacking scandal was revealed yesterday to be a private investigator thought to have broken into a British intelligence agent's computer. Philip Campbell Smith is alleged to have hacked into the computer of former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst in 2006 by sending him an e-mail containing a trojan virus. The virus is said to have been programmed to copy the agent's email correspondence and send it to Smith, a report claims.

So long Sarkozy: Inside the tiny town that will topple the French president

The tiny town of Donzy is France's political weathervane. And things aren't looking good for Sarkozy, finds John Lichfield.

Stephen Foley: A rebellious hedgie who is certainly no hero

US Outlook: John Kinnucan was briefly hailed a hero by the hedge-fund industry, for standing up to the FBI, refusing to turn snitch on his clients and refusing to wear a wire to help the Feds' investigation into insider trading. That was back in 2010, when the investigation was just getting going and a furious Mr Kinnucan went public to reveal the FBI's tactics and damn it as a witch-hunt.

Forensic workers and soldiers have begun the massive task of removing bodies from the Comayagua prison

Honduras prison blaze: 'I will set this place on fire and we are all going to die'

Inmate who started inferno told provincial governor what he planned to do

Simon English: The real problem with our banks? Too fast, too competitive

Outlook Do we want more competition in banking? John Fingleton at the Office of Fair Trading thinks so. The banks must do better for customers, or he'll sort them right out (he imagines).

'I'm in Birmingham but my students are global'

A revolution in the way people are learning is sweeping through further-education colleges. Ian Nash visits a school that is changing the face of the classroom.

French prison governor and prisoner 'had sex in computer room'

A young, reforming prison governor and a female prisoner who “fell in love” and had sex in the jail computer room appeared in court in France today.

ALI DIZAEI: The Met Police commander had his original conviction quashed last year

Corrupt Met chief Dizaei is jailed again

The most controversial policeman of the modern era, Commander Ali Dizaei, was sent back to jail in disgrace yesterday after being found guilty of corruption for a second time for trying to frame a man in a dispute over a £600 bill.

Kate Allen: It's time for America to put an end to this shameful scandal

It is staggering to contemplate that the US government has perpetuated this injustice
Many children use mobiles, tablets or laptops unsupervised

Jim Gamble: We are losing the race to protect our young

Technology and the children who use it won't wait for slow-moving child-protection services and the police to catch up

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
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Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

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Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

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Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

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