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HIV and AIDs campaigners have called the amendment "draconian"

Quite the most fascinating programme on television at the moment is Channel 4’s Child Genius, in which a collection of fanatically bright pre-teens solves mathematical puzzles and answers abstruse general knowledge questions in pursuit of a Mensa trophy

A little interference is a wonderful thing

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Dr Heather Wood and Cynthia Bower

CQC storm: ‘Bullying culture’ may mean care scandals go undetected

A former inspector of the Care Quality Commission has described how criticism was quashed and ‘good people’ were forced to shut up or quit

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CQC storm: ‘I can’t believe what your people have been doing. Bloody hell’

As the revelations about the alleged CQC cover-up emerge, Emily Dugan visits its call centre

Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, the architect of the proposals, has been accused of plotting the privatisation of justice by switching legal aid contracts from solicitors to large firms

'This is astonishing stuff': Split over legal aid shake-up goes right to the top

'Lord Chancellor cannot convince even government's own senior law officer of merits'

'Undemocratic' not to have Commons vote before arming rebel fighters in Syria, warns Speaker John Bercow

It would be undemocratic and inappropriate not to have a Commons vote before the Government decided to arm rebel fighters in Syria, Speaker John Bercow said today.

Gordon Brown with the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the G20 summit in London in April 2009

G20 summit: Britain plunged into diplomatic row over claims GCHQ spied on foreign politicians

Intelligence services were even said to have set up internet cafés at the summit venues which they used to read emails

Ministers get new powers to hire and fire Civil Service advisers

Civil Service mandarins are to be put on fixed-term contracts and ministers given the power to hire teams of political advisers paid for by the taxpayer, in the biggest shake-up of how Britain is governed for decades.

Hillary Clinton has taken to Twitter with the savvy of a seasoned user

@HCLINTZ: Hillary Clinton - the internet’s most popular pantsuit lover

Hillary Clinton’s witty arrival to Twitter this week played out like a masterclass for politicians. First up there was her Twitter bio. She started fairly conventionally with “Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner” before throwing in “hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD [to be decided]...”, the latter possibly hinting at her plans for 2016. Yes, Hill.

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

Coroner calls for Alexander Litvinenko inquiry

The coroner presiding over the inquest into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko has called on the government to replace it with a public inquiry.

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration in Ankara, Turkey

Simon Calder: Turkey and Central Europe travel Q&A amid protests and flooding

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The Syrian rebels are drawing recruits from a variety of national backgrounds

EU divided on issue of Syria arms embargo

The European Union nations remain divided on whether to ease sanctions against Syria to allow for weapons shipments to rebels fighting the regime of Syria's president Bashar Assad.

No 2: Foreign Secretary, William Hague

Syria civil war: EU should ease arms embargo to battle extremism, says Foreign Secretary William Hague

He will attempt to persuade other foreign ministers of the need to lift restrictions on the supply of weapons

International child abduction cases up 81%

Foreign Office was involved in 512 new cases in 2011/2012

Foreign Office withdraws some staff from British Embassy in Libya amid concerns over 'ongoing political uncertainty'

The Foreign Office has temporarily withdrawn some staff from the British Embassy in Libya in response to the "ongoing political uncertainty" in the country.

Police and hospital staff shift Sanaullah Haq, a Pakistani prisoner, to an intensive care ward in a hospital in Jammu

Pakistani prisoner beaten in India in tit-for-tat assault

Indian prisoner died one day earlier after attack in Lahore jail

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