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More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.

The Obama administration and some of the biggest US technology firms have agreed a tentative deal that would allow the companies, including Google, to tell the public more about how the US Government collects information on their users

US makes deal with tech giants over disclosing details of data collection

The Obama administration and some of America’s biggest technology companies have agreed a tentative deal that would allow the firms – including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Microsoft – to tell the public more about how the US Government collects information on their customers.

NSA surveillance revelations: Barack Obama announces reforms to bulk data collection and spying on heads of states

Long-awaited speech unveiled some restrictions to America's surveillance policy, but Obama remained largely unapologetic

Israel's president Shimon Peres prepares to lay a wreath on the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon’s body lies in state outside Knesset as Israelis come to pay their respects

There will be a state memorial service for the former prime minister tomorrow before he is buried in a private ceremony at his ranch

The many faces of Labour leader Ed Miliband

PMQs: 50 Shades of Miliband – loud Ed is dead, red Ed is dormant. Long live quiet Ed!

A less doggish approach works well for the Labour leader. Let's hope he sticks with it

JP Morgan to pay $1.7bn over Bernie Madoff fraud

JPMorgan has agreed a $1.7 billion (approximately £1bn) settlement with US federal authorities for its role in the Bernie Madoff ponzi fraud.

A recent investigation into Serco and G4S found evidence of 'inconsistent managemen' in 22 government contracts

Exclusive: Labour would strip controversial firms G4S and Serco of lucrative contracts

Party said it will try to ‘unpick’ £6bn in outsourcing deals

Gun attack reported on police station in County Fermanagh

A gun attack has been carried out on a police station in Northern Ireland, Assembly members have said.

Every little helps: collecting for charity, but the EU has cash too

Withdrawal from EU justice programmes could see British charities lose millions, ministers warned

The money has been used to improve the rights of children and victims, fight domestic violence and rehabilitate offenders

Protesters have gathered across Spain to demonstrate against the new ruling on abortion

New hardline abortion law prompts protests across Spain

Women's organisations predict the re-emergence of 'abortion tourism', with many travelling to Britain for operations

Spanish government backs tough abortion laws

Abortion law would allow a pregnancy to be terminated only in the case of rape or where there is a serious health risk to the mother or foetus

Two men hanged by government in Japan in latest ‘secret executions’

Human rights groups slam practice in which inmates are told they will die just hours beforehand

King Philippe ascended to the throne in July 2013 after his father abdicated for health reasons

King of Belgium has used powers to pardon 11 people for driving offences in just five months

The King has been forced to apologise following the revelation which came a day before huge a 130 car pile up in the country

The NSA collected information about the online sexual activity of radical Muslims, it has be claimed

US security services spied on pornography use and ‘online promiscuity’ of Islamic radicals, according to leaked documents

None of those targeted was alleged to have been involved in terrorist plots, according to latest NSA document leaked by Edward Snowden

Nearly half of all prisons had callouts in the last three years

Use of riot squads in jails has soared amid overcrowding crisis

The number of times that officers trained to quell riots have been called in to calm tensions in prisons has soared over the last year, Ministry of Justice figures disclosed today.

JP Morgan agrees to record $13bn settlement with US government

The historic deal is the largest ever struck between authorities in the United States and a single company

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