News According to research published by the Ministry of Justice, over a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record

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

Criminal records to be wiped early

Thousands of former prison inmates and other offenders could have their past convictions cleared from their records under Government plans.

Children to be given right to see fathers after divorce

The Government is considering changing the law to ensure that fathers get improved access to their children after a marriage breaks down.

Past convictions could be cleared in reforms

Thousands of offenders could have their past convictions cleared from their record under Government plans.

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave

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It’s game over for Kim Dotcom, the Mr Big of file-sharing

He is a convicted fraudster who made millions on the internet, changed his surname to Dotcom, tried to buy New Zealand’s most expensive mansion and drove around in a Rolls Royce with the number plate: “GOD”.

Youssef Boutros-Ghali has been spotted at lectures hosted by the LSE and Chatham House

Youssef Boutros-Ghali - From fêted statesman to a fugitive from justice

A senior figure in the regime of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and a key International Monetary Fund adviser, Youssef Boutros-Ghali had grown used to being welcomed in some of Britain's most respected think-tanks and academic institutions, dispensing his views on economic and political reform to an array of opinion former

Furore at LSE as Mubarak-era minister turns up at lecture

Politician wanted in Cairo slips out of back door after he is spotted at Arab Spring talk

Report highlights 'knock-on costs' of legal aid cuts

The Government's planned cuts to legal aid in clinical negligence cases could cost the NHS almost three times more than is saved by the Ministry of Justice, a report said today.

Oil-covered brown pelicans off the Louisiana coast affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

BP on trial: US seeks revenge

Stephen Foley says some of the oil giant's American employees are now set to face criminal charges

Web gaming shares leap after U-turn on US ban

Gambling sites set to cash in as Department of Justice says betting laws should be relaxed
Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is accused of mistreating Latino prisoners in his care

Self-styled 'toughest sheriff in America' is also its most racist

He likes to call himself "America's toughest sheriff" – but a report by the US government suggests that, against stiff opposition, he is probably its most racist sheriff, too.

Marchers showing support for Bradley Manning outside the gate of the Fort Meade military complex where a preliminary hearing is being held

Manning finally has day in court as prosecutors detail ‘crimes’

US Army private accused of sending secrets to WikiLeaks turns fire on judge as trial begins

Workers face £2,300 bill for tribunals

Workers could pay more than £2,300 to take an employer to an industrial tribunal under new measures that were last night condemned as a denial of justice for the lowest paid.

Package bomb found at Greek Embassy in Paris

A package bomb sent to the Greek Embassy in Paris was discovered by authorities and safely disabled today, and caused no injuries or damages, an embassy official said.

Venezuela prays for kidnapped Major League baseball star

Baseball-mad Venezuela is waiting anxiously for news of the fate of one of the country's top players, Wilson Ramos, kidnapped from his family home while on winter break from his US Major League team.

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

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Getting young people to vote

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