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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.

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.

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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”.

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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

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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.

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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
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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

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.

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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