A Frenchwoman attempted to impersonate her daughter in an English exam

You’ve failed your exams – and you get an F in cheating: French mum dresses as daughter to take end of year English test

It was the perfect crime. The French newspaper Le Parisien reported that a 52-year-old Frenchwoman had been apprehended for impersonating her own daughter in an English exam.

Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson accuses government over pickets row

74-year-old alleges authorities deliberately preventing names from being added to an e-petition calling for the release of official papers relating to the jailing of pickets

A Yahoo! out front of their headquarters in California. REUTERS/Kimberly White

Prism scandal latest: Yahoo reveals 12,000 requests for users' data from US government, following lead of Apple, Facebook and Microsoft

Figures show that law enforcement made over 12,000 requests between December 2012 and May 2013

William Hague

William Hague: Law-abiding Britons have nothing to fear from GCHQ

The Foreign Secretary will appear before the House of Commons tomorrow to try to allay concerns about the Prism spy scheme which enables the USA’s spy agency to mine data from Facebook and other web companies

The Osbornes’ cat Freya on the prowl in Downing Street

Lost pet or double agent? Meet Freya, the roving tabby of the Treasury

Downing Street insiders have noticed that Osborne’s cat is inquisitive... perhaps a little too inquisitive

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei: Iran's prosecutor general said it was 'ready to foil the enemies' plots'

Iran accuses Britain of operating spy ring to undermine elections

The Iranian government claims it has captured a “spy ring” working for Israel and Britain which had planned to carry out “sabotage and assassinations” to undermine the impending national elections in the country.

The Weekend’s Viewing: It’s not easy being a deep-cover KGB agent in Eighties America

The Americans, Sat, ITV / Spying on Hitler’s Army: the Secret Recordings, Sun, Channel 4

Deputy Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman, left, is reported to be among the dead

Pakistan Taliban No 2 Waliur Rehman is buried after being killed in drone strike, claim intelligence officials

The Pakistani Taliban's deputy leader was buried hours after he was killed in a US drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials and militants said on Thursday.

Friday - Pakistan

Voices in Danger: Pakistan faces urgent calls to address violence against the press

A total of 23 journalists were murdered in the past decade, without a single conviction

Postcard from... Berlin

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Hague warns Assad over negotiations

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Two men hanged after spying charges

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

Fair inquest for Litvinenko impossible, judge warns

Hearing in danger of collapse after British Government’s accused of evidence cover-up

Wigged US diplomat Ryan Fogle

Russian agent claims Ryan Fogle is not the first CIA agent caught this year

FSB operative claims American was paraded so publicly to teach the United States a lesson

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