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Solicitor reinstated after tribunal accepts sleeping tablets appeal

A solicitor who was struck off for dishonesty has been reinstated after a tribunal accepted medical evidence that prescription sleeping tablets had rendered him confused, irrational and reckless at the time of the alleged wrongdoing.

Nazi's lawyer helps Katsav

An Israeli lawyer who defended the convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has joined the legal team of the disgraced former President, Moshe Katsav.

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John Michael McDonagh's comedy-thriller stars Brendan Gleeson as a dissolute Irish copper who breaks more laws than he enforces, and Don Cheadle as a slick American agent who's forced to work with him.

Tunnel thieves 'only got £6,000'

A gang of thieves who spent six months digging a 100ft tunnel under a car park in a bid to raid a shop's cash machine may have only escaped with around £6,000, sources claimed today.

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The outgoing Mississippi Governor, Harley Barbour, has not explained the 200 pardons

Pardon? Governor sparks outcry by letting off 200 criminals

Rapists and murderers benefit as former Mississippi hardliner has extraordinary conversion

Leveson Inquiry: Mail on Sunday 'ran risk' by hiring detective

The Mail on Sunday continued using a private detective for 18 months after he was raided in an investigation into the illegal trade of personal information, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

The Shepherd Gate Clock at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, site of the prime meridian for the world

Seconds out: bid to alter the world's time

Time will never be the same again if the international organisation responsible for setting the world's clocks votes later this month in favour of a controversial plan to abolish the "leap" second – the extra second added to the time signal once every few years.

Looting in the London riots of 2011 was as much about social exclusion as need

Paul Vallely: Hating chavs is also a form of prejudice

Was media interest in the death of Stephen Lawrence sparked less by distaste for racism than by regard for his blameless home life?

London 2012 re-sale process suspended amid website crash

London 2012 organisers have been forced to suspend their ticket re-sale process for this summer's Olympics after website problems.

Britain warns Iran over threat to shipping lane

Any attempt by Iran to choke off the Strait of Hormuz, a key trading route for the world's oil markets, would be "unsuccessful", the Defence Secretary warned yesterday, adding that British naval forces would continue to help maintain security in the region.

Woman accused over art attack

A 36-year-old woman was accused of causing $10,000 worth of damage to a painting valued at between $30m and $40m by punching it, scratching it, and sliding her bare buttocks against it while urinating.

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Microsoft sues Comet over counterfeit Windows CDs

Microsoft said it is suing the UK's second-largest electricals retailer Comet for allegedly creating and selling "counterfeit" recovery CDs of its flagship Windows operating system.

Doreen Lawrence buried her son Stephen in Jamaica to avoid his grave being desecrated in the UK

She shook. He wept. And their 19-year wait for a guilty verdict was finally over

Doreen Lawrence shed a single tear when, almost 19 years after her eldest son was knifed to death by a racist gang, the foreman of a jury handed her some measure of justice.

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