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Almost 700 children detained under the Mental Health Act have been put in police cells over the last two years

'Conspiracy theories finally laid to rest' by report on leaked climate change emails

Scientists involved in last year's "climategate" leaked emails controversy, which added to scepticism about the science of global warming, were not open enough with their data and unhelpful with requests for information, an independent review of the affair found yesterday.

No access to BBC's report on Middle East coverage

A solicitor yesterday lost his bid to gain access to an internal BBC report on its coverage of the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Claims ahead over terror search errors

Thousands of people could be in line for compensation tonight after they were illegally stopped and searched by police using controversial counter-terrorism legislation.

Hospitals make £1.8m each in parking fees

NHS hospitals are making up to £1.85m a year each in profit from charging patients and their families to use their car parks, and from clamping and issuing fines, a report has found.

Councils' covert surveillance operations revealed

Councils spied on dog walkers suspected of not clearing up after their pets in a string of abuses of their covert surveillance rights, a report said today.

Small firms 'running out of time to pay taxman'

Officials at HM Revenue & Customs are taking an increasingly hard line on companies requesting more time to pay tax bills, a consultant has warned, despite the Government's insistence that firms are being given extra help as the fragile state of the British economy continues to affect their cashflow.

Report reveals police lied about activist's death

Riot police deliberately lied to officers investigating the death of an anti-racism activist, a Scotland Yard report revealed today.

Nurses warn of 'dangerous' NHS staff cuts

Cuts being planned in frontline NHS services in response to the squeeze on public spending risk sending the health service back to the days of hospital trolleys in corridors and year long waits for operations, the Royal College of Nursing warned today.

The lives of others: Heather Brooke's new book opens up further fronts in the war to set information free

Brooke's long fight to reveal parliamentary expenses led to a revolution in British political life.

Leaked video shows Reuters journalists killed by US gunships

Classified US military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, was released yesterday by a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption.

Brooke's fight for democracy moves on from greedy MPs

The journalist who exposed Commons expenses tells Matthew Bell she's still pushing for change

Robert Verkaik: These royal revelations are merely the tip of the iceberg

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Climate change scandal: MPs exonerate professor

Committee defends scientist who sent emails admitting flaws in data

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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