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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.

US charges JetBlue pilot for midair meltdown

US authorities filed criminal charges yesterday against a JetBlue Airways pilot who witnesses said yelled incoherently about religion and the 2001 hijack attacks and pounded on a locked cockpit door before passengers subdued him in a midair uproar.

Sportingbet is game for another flutter in the US

Sportingbet, the online bookie is "reviewing re-entering" the US market today after paying its last fine relating to its former activities in the world's biggest economy.

Policeman suspended over Trayvon comments

The furore over the shooting of a 17-year-old African- American on a Florida street one month ago continued to rage yesterday as the victim's parents attended hearings on hate crimes in Washington, and outrage erupted in New Orleans over comments made by a police officer about the case.

Protesters in Atlanta with a poster of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin

Policeman sparks fresh Trayvon outrage by branding him a 'thug'

Officer suspended and city on edge as murdered teenager's family meet politicians in Washington

James Cusick: From Sicily to the US courts – the trail of evidence could hit Murdoch where it hurts

News Corporation cannot afford to put a foot wrong. However uncomfortable the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal has been for Rupert Murdoch in the UK, wider questions about the way News Corp has been governed now hold the potential to do serious damage to the company's global brand.

Trayvon Martin in a family photo

Shooting of unarmed black teenager sparks racial outrage

Vigilante gunman remains free nearly one month after killing in Florida amid mounting accusations of racism

Ministers defeated on legal aid reforms

The Government's legal aid reforms continued to take a battering in the House of Lords as peers inflicted three defeats on ministers.

BP shares are lifted by £4.9bn settlement over oil spill in Gulf

Shares in BP yesterday rose by nearly 2 per cent as the City digested the oil major's £4.9bn settlement with restaurants, fishermen, hotel owners and other businesses and individuals affected by the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

BP shares rise after Deepwater Horizon compensation deal

Shares in BP have risen by 2 per cent after the oil giant agreed a £4.9 million deal with 110,000 businesses and individuals affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Probe into handling of Irish murder case

An investigation in to handling of the Sophie Toscan Du Plantier murder case in Ireland has been launched by the Garda Ombudsman.

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Can Latino voters take the fight to America's right?

Arizona's growing Hispanic population has borne the brunt of Republicans' bitter rhetoric against immigrants. Now they plan to turn the state Democrat

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi flies home to Tripoli

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Scotland's Justice Secretary is facing demands to make a statement to Holyrood after it was claimed he sent a message to the Lockerbie bomber that he should drop his appeal against conviction to smooth the way for his compassionate release.

New figures show Italy's PM, Mario Monti, earned more than €1.5m in 2010 and is worth more than €11

Ministers' earnings and taxes laid bare in move for a more honest Italy

But while Italians rush in to learn of PM's wealth, one judge warns country is as corrupt as ever

Administrators at war: Rights to Stanford assets disputed in UK courts

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