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.

February 5, 2013: A facial reconstruction of King Richard III is displayed at a news conference in central London. The reconstruction is based on a CT scan of human remains found in a council car park in Leicester which are believed to belong to the last of the Plantagenet monarchs of Britain who was killed at the battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Poll: Where should Richard III be interred?

When the skeleton of the crooked-backed Plantagenet king Richard III was found under a car park in Leicester, a petty civil war broke between four British cities, all staking their claim as the rightful burial ground for the dead monarch.

UK software firm Autonomy probed over Hewlett-Packard fraud claims

HP bought the Cambridge-based software maker for $10bn in 2011 and then wrote off $8.8bn late last year in a move that stunned Wall Street.

Lance Armstrong being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey

US Department of Justice to join lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong faces a formidable new opponent with the revelation that the United States government is joining his former cycling teammates in suing him for use of performance enhancing drugs.

The MoJ released divorce figures as it urged separating couples to use publicly-funded third-party mediator

Till death do us part? Not in Weston-super-Mare...

Revealed: Top ten courts for the number of divorce petitions

Benjamin Netanyahu appoints Tzipi Livni to his coalition government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated a change of policy towards the Palestinians yesterday when he appointed the dovish former foreign minister Tzipi Livni to his coalition government.

Ken Clarke defends controversial plans for secret courts

Ken Clarke conceded that tax payers' money could have gone to terrorist organisations as he defended controversial plans for secret courts.

RBS is 80 per cent taxpayer-owned

Libor-rigging scandal: RBS to pay nearly £400m to regulators

Royal Bank of Scotland was today hit with fines totalling £391 million by regulators in the UK and US for its role in rigging the key Libor interest rate market over five years.

US Justice Department tries to block ABI's Modelo takeover

The US has stepped in the middle of Anheuser-Busch Inbev's (ABI) $20bn (£13bn) deal to buy up the Mexican brewery business Grupo Modelo, with federal lawyers filing a suit claiming the move would hit competition in the American beer market.

Cocaine capital Colombia goes soft on ecstasy users

The Colombian government is considering decriminalising the personal use of ecstasy in an effort to curb drug trafficking.

James Moore: US Justice Department is targeting RBS over Libor to fight off its critics

Outlook If you were wondering why Royal Bank of Scotland's settlement with regulators over its role in the Libor fixing scandal was taking so long to finalise, a little light has been shed on the matter.

James Moore: Antigua's copyright comeback at Uncle Sam

Outlook Coming soon to a home cinema system near you: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) presents "The Online Poker Punch-Up" produced and directed by the Government of Antigua. Copyright? There is no copyright any more! Available for $1 at www.get-hollywood-for-nearly-nothing.com.

Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit

Anonymous hacks US government agency website after Aaron Swartz suicide

Internet hackers yesterday took over the US Sentencing Commission's website, in anger over the death of cyber-legend and internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz.

New rules for bailiffs industry

Bailiffs will be regulated under new laws to “clean up” the industry and protect vulnerable debtors, the Government has announced.

Councillor Danny Healy-Rae argued that that current laws regulating drink-driving were forcing an older generation to stay home

Irish council votes to relax drink-driving laws

Councillors in rural Ireland have come up with a novel way of tackling the problem of drink driving – by making it legal. The plans backed by Kerry county council, in south-west Ireland, would allow police to issue permits that give permission for some people to have “two or three” alcoholic drinks and still drive.

Cabinet at war as ministers fight local hospital closures

Senior cabinet ministers have come out against plans to close hospital wards in their constituencies, in an apparent challenge to Department of Health plans to rationalise the NHS.

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