Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq have their damages bid considered

Senior judges were today asked to decide whether relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq could pursue damages claims against the Government.

District Judge Tan Ikram

On 16 June we referred to District Judge Tan Ikram as "the judge who sent a teenage girl to jail for eight months for stealing a bottle of Lucozade and a bag of sweets".

Boyfriend of dead woman wins damages

The partner of a woman found dead in a lake six years ago has won £125,000 in libel damages over a police claim that he was probably her killer.

High Court supports Islington council's bid to end Finsbury Square occupation

The High Court has backed a council's move to end the seven-month occupation of a square in London.

Kamila Garsztka's lover Amilton Bento wins police payout

The boyfriend of a woman found dead in a lake six years ago has won £125,000 libel damages over a police claim that he probably killed her.

Ryanair to appeal Aer Lingus ruling

Ryanair said its lawyers will go to the Supreme Court to appeal yesterday's ruling that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) can launch an investigation into the budget airline's 29 per cent stake in Aer Lingus.

Double-killer mother loses appeal

A mother who murdered her two young children and placed their bodies in holdalls in the boot of her car has lost her appeal against sentence.

Sam Hallam

Sam Hallam released on unconditional bail as prosecution announces no opposition to murder conviction appeal

A young man who spent seven years in jail for murder has been freed on unconditional bail today after the prosecution announced it would not oppose the appeal against his conviction.

Nina Lakhani: So what went so very wrong in the Sam Hallam case?

When Hallam came to trial in 2005, the case against him had seemed weak. There was neither forensic evidence nor CCTV footage linking him to the attack on Essayas Kassahun and his friend, Louis Colley.

Scotland Yard sacks Ali Dizaei for second time

Corrupt police chief Ali Dizaei has lost his job at Scotland Yard for a second time.

Rapper Dappa Dred loses copyright battle

A rapper called Dappa Dred today lost a copyright battle with film-makers when senior judges ruled that his case was not worth fighting.

Judges allow Parliament Square tent removal

The High Court has lifted an injunction preventing the removal of the last anti-war protest tent near the Houses of Parliament.

US killer of British tourists appeals against conviction and sentence

A teenager jailed for life for murdering two British tourists in Florida is appealing against his conviction and sentence, it was reported today.

Jeremy Bamber murder appeal bid rejected

Criminal Cases Review Commission said this was its final decision in its longest-running case

Croydon riot ringleader Adam Khan Ahmadzai's sentence increased

A man at the heart of last year's Croydon riots had his sentence of four years detention nearly doubled today.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker