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.

Malawi: Churches force U-turn on gay rights

The government has back-tracked on its decision to suspend the arrests of gay people, after churches fiercely criticised the move.

Applied Language Solutions boss Gavin Wheeldon blames interpreters for company's failures

The former boss of a company lambasted over the way it ran a lucrative contract for providing court translation blamed interpreters for failures in the service.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed accuses US of justifying murder, torture in name of security

Wearing a camouflage hunting vest, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks issued a blistering critique of US defense policy during a court hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday, saying Washington has wantonly used national security as a pretext to murder and torture.

The 9/11 attacks - the alleged mastermind has appeared in court

Pretrial hearings start for alleged 9/11 architect

The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks appeared in court Monday at the Guantanamo Bay prison for a week of pretrial motions that are expected to touch on claims of torture at secret CIA sites and the public's right to unfettered access to the proceedings.

Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell after he met Police Federation members at his constituency office on Friday

Labour MPs keep heat on Andrew Mitchell

Embattled Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell returned to the Commons front line for the first time since his foul-mouthed row with Downing Street police and was soon reminded of his troubles by Labour MPs.

Postcard from... Rome

It was a gesture to prisoner welfare that's hard to imagine taking place in Britain: last week celebrated violinist Uto Ughi led his orchestra in a performance for 300 inmates at Rome's Rebibbia prison as part of government plans to promote better conditions in Italy's over-crowded jails.

Credit Suisse trader bailed on £1.8bn US fraud charge

A former senior trader at Credit Suisse, who was arrested in London on fraud charges this week, was granted bail yesterday, with his lawyer saying he would fight plans for his extradition to the US.

Inside Obama's war on weed

Does anybody still think criminalising drugs works? Alas, most people do, including Barack Obama. He was a dope user in his younger days, and when asked if he inhaled (Bill Clinton having said he didn't), responded: "I inhaled frequently. That was kind of the point." In America today, seventeen states say cannabis can be distributed for medical purposes. The Daily Beast has a fine report on what that means in practice.

New law 'shuts door' on squatters

Squatters will face up to six months in prison and so-called squatters' rights scrapped as it becomes a criminal offence in England and Wales tomorrow.

French mails own severed finger to minister

An inmate in a French jail has mailed part of his own severed finger to the justice minister hoping the desperate gesture would help his plea to be moved to another prison, officials said today.

Lawyer lambasts Standard Chartered over settlement

Standard Chartered was attacked by one of the top lawyers in the City last night for agreeing a quick settlement of the money-laundering allegations that threatened to destroy the bank and warned that it could be forced to pay out billions more before it can properly settle the scandal.

Quick Iran deal puts Standard Chartered under fire

City lawyer says the settlement with US watchdog on scandal could cost billions

Standard Chartered in money-laundering talks

Standard Chartered is discussing a settlement with US regulators ahead of tomorrow's preliminary hearing before the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), which last week alleged it had laundered $250bn (£159bn) of money from Iran.

Lord Browne: David Cameron’s adviser said he was concerned about the loss of leadership in the Civil Service

Summer exodus of mandarins 'has left a leadership vacuum'

Treasury is the worst-hit department as four Civil Service heads follow each other out of the door

Standard Chartered in race to reach settlement with US regulators

Standard Chartered, the UK bank accused of laundering money on behalf of Iran, is unlikely to reach a settlement with its American regulators before a scheduled hearing in New York on Wednesday, according to sources at the bank.

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