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.

Queen Fabiola had planned to move funds to Spain

Taxing times for Queen Fabiola as Belgian public docks her £400,000

Queen Fabiola of Belgium has become the latest European royal to fall victim to the continent’s austerity drive, with the government vowing to slash her yearly stipend by nearly half a million euros after accusations that she was trying to dodge taxes.

TV review: Borgen, The Last Worker

Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

Clampdown on rip-off claims firms starts to bite

Rogue claims management companies are running scared after more than 350 of them were shut down, suspended or warned by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in six months, it is revealed today.

UBS fined $1.5bn for rate fixing in Libor scandal

Regulators and prosecutors in the UK, US and Switzerland have hit UBS with $1.5bn (£920m) in fines as they adopt an increasingly aggressive approach in cracking down on banks that manipulated the Libor interest rate, the benchmark for pricing trillions of dollars of financial contracts.

Penguin settles with US over claims of e-book price setting

Penguin has agreed to settle with the United States government over allegations of price-setting with Apple in the e-book market.

James Moore: New York bus inspectors really mean business

Outlook First it was the banks, now it's the buses. Stagecoach is the latest British company to fall foul of American regulators.

Controversial changes to crime victims compensation scheme mean only most seriously injured will be able to claim

Controversial changes to the scheme for compensating victims of crime have come into force, meaning only the most seriously hurt will be able to claim for their injuries.

New prisoner rehabilitation plan unworkable, says Labour peer Baroness Corston

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's plans to use payment-by-results to boost prisoner rehabilitation won't work because the success of such programmes is so difficult to monitor, according to the peer once tasked with overhauling Britain's prison system.

Turkey in talks offer for Kurdish militants

Turkey opened the door to talks with the Kurdish militants it brands terrorists yesterday, raising hopes of a push to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and stunted development in its mainly Kurdish south-east.

BP slapped with record $5bn fine over Gulf of Mexico oil disaster

BP will pay the biggest criminal penalty in US legal history by some distance after reaching a $4.5bn (£2.9bn) settlement with American authorities over the Gulf of Mexico spill.

James Moore: Why BP is relieved at being £3bn lighter

Outlook The reaction of the stock market to BP's admission of what amounts to corporate manslaughter while agreeing to pay nearly £3bn in penalties is instructive. Shares in the oil giant barely blinked. They finished down just 0.35p.

More alleged child abuse victims step forward in Wales

Dozens more victims of alleged child abuse in North Wales care homes have come forward since the unfounded Newsnight allegations against Lord McAlpine.

US agents arrest 34 white supremacists

Federal agents arrested dozens of members of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on Friday and charged them with murder, kidnapping, racketeering and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine

Up in smoke? Legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington may be stopped

Legalised marijuana initiatives leave Federal government wrestling with policy

Senior administration officials acknowledged Friday that they are wrestling with how to respond to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, which directly violates federal drug law and is sparking a broad debate about the direction of US drug policy.

100 Ofcom complaints after Schofield ambushes Cameron with 'paedophile list'

The ambushing of the Prime Minister with the names of rumoured Tory paedophiles by the ITV presenter Phillip Schofield has generated more than 100 viewer complaints to Ofcom.

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