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

Alexander Litvinenko: Government refuses calls for public inquiry into death

Spy's widow accuses UK of protecting the Russian state

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

High Court appears to back calls for public inquiry into death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko

The High Court appeared to back calls for the government to concede to a public inquiry into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko today.

Marina Litvinenko and (inset) her husband in hospital

Widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko says Government is trying to force her to give up attempts to uncover why Russian spy husband was murdered

Marina Litvinenko will boycott inquest unless urgent public inquiry is ordered to replace it

Litvinenko inquest coroner calls for public inquiry into death of former Russian spy

A coroner has written to the Government to request a public inquiry in place of an inquest into the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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

Widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko says coroner 'abandoned search for truth' and calls for public inquiry into his death

The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has called for the inquest into her late husband's death to be abandoned and for a public inquiry to be held in its place.

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

Occupy London protester cleared of rape in tent at St Paul's Cathedral

A protester at the Occupy London camp site at the foot of St Paul's Cathedral has been cleared of raping a woman in one of the tents.

Marina Litvinenko: she was unsurprised by the delay - the last in a series of many - and says she still believes in the British justice system

Secrecy battle forces new delay in Alexander Litvinenko case

Procrastination, attempts to keep evidence secret and shield the identity of witnesses has led to yet another long delay before the inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko's death can start.

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210

Murder suspect Andrei Lugovoy to shun UK inquest for spy Alexander Litvinenko

A former KGB agent suspected of murdering Alexander Litvinenko has told a press conference that he will no longer assist the UK-based inquest into the spy's death.

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at a meeting

Alexander Litvinenko murder: Government accused of cover-up

The British government was accused of colluding with the Russians to cover up vital evidence into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko at a pre-inquest hearing into the former KGB agent's death today.

Private equity bidders line up for Caring's Côte Brasserie

Côte Brasserie, the French restaurants chain backed by the business tycoon Richard Caring, is to receive initial bids that value the business at £120m-plus next week.

Strange truth of a life caught up with MI6’s ‘Martin’ and the KGB

Inquiry told Alexander Litvinenko was spying for Britain and Spain –  and Russia killed him

Vogue U.S chief editor Anna Wintour arrives at Louis Vuitton's ready to wear Spring/Summer 2013 show in Paris

Does Anna Wintour know that the US embassy is moving? Does she still want to be Ambassador?

Our writer offers advice to the Vogue editor-in-chief on the life that would await her should she be made a diplomat

Fracking expansion in UK would leave Coalition's green credentials 'in tatters', say campaigners

Anti-fracking campaigners will deliver a letter to 10 Downing Street as protests take place in London today.

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A building which was about to be demolished has partially collapsed into the street.

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