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Women removed tops to reveal words 'abortion is sacred' written on their bodies

JP Morgan chief faces the music in person

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Budget cuts mean that reassuring the public can no longer be a priority for forces

Watchdog warns of inadequate checks for life sentenced prisoners being let out on day release

Inspectors say prisons are granting killers and rapists temporary release without proper risk assessment

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Brazil’s prison authorities have discovered that they have been holding a man – who was arrested in 1960 – for 23 years after he was supposed to have been released.

'Grey jurors' given the nod as age limit raised from 70 to 75

Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green 'harnessing life experiences of people who can offer significant benefits'

BHP faces action in America over ‘corruption’ at Olympics

BHP Billiton could face enforcement action by US officials over alleged breaches of anti-corruption laws, it admitted yesterday. The move relates partly to corporate hospitality that the London-listed miner laid on for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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London-listed mining giant BHP Billiton today said it has been warned it could face enforcement action by US authorities over alleged breaches of anti-corruption laws. The move relates partly to corporate hospitality it laid on for the Beijing Olympics.

NSA spy agency broke privacy laws 'thousands of times a year', says Washington Post

Internal audit leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden reveals a litany of infractions, errors and illegal acts since the agency was made more powerful in 2008

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Deal would leave four airlines in control of 80% of American commercial air travel market - leading to fears over higher fares and fees

US starts criminal inquiry against JP Morgan over subprime sales

The US government is conducting both civil and criminal investigations into the way JP Morgan Chase sold certain mortgage-backed securities in the run up to the financial crisis, the bank has revealed.

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