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The Commons chamber was visited with a  welcome onset of  grown-upness on Iran

Watchdog slams 'Titan' jail plans

Government plans to build three huge "Titan" jails to tackle the overcrowding crisis were heavily criticised by a prison watchdog today.

One Blood: Inside Britain's New Street Gangs, by John Heale

Searching for the truth behind gangs

Number of prisoners on early release scheme soars

Nearly 29,000 criminals have been freed from prison early in the first 11 months of an emergency scheme to beat jail overcrowding, it was announced yesterday.

MPs will win final say on acts of war

British troops will only be sent to war in future after their deployment has been approved by MPs under moves announced by Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary.

Steve Richards: Electoral reform could be just what Brown needs. But if he is to act, he must do it soon

If Labour is to retain power, it will have to turn round its fortunes without help from the economy

Martin Bright: So, Mr Straw, weren't you just a little bit curious?

The CIA has admitted to the Government that its 'rendition' planes refuelled on British sovereign soil. By failing to stand up to the Americans and prevent such landings, the former foreign secretary became complicit in illegality and torture

Prison population exceeds capacity for the first time

The jail overcrowding crisis reached a new peak yesterday as the number of prisoners rose above normal capacity for the first time. There are now 82,006 inmates in England and Wales, almost 100 above the normal ceiling set by the Prison Service.

Disgraced Tory suspended from Commons

Disgraced MP Derek Conway was today suspended from the Commons for 10 days and ordered to repay up to £13,161 improperly paid to his son Freddie.

Straw sets out plan for tougher sentencing

Jack Straw, the Secretary of State for Justice, is to unveil plans to merge the prison and probation services into a US-style "Department of Corrections" to try to get to grips with sentencing and the management of offenders in custody and in the community.

Letters: Speed cameras

Why shouldn't speed cameras make money out of law breakers?

Michael Harrison's Outlook: The Spanish armada docks at Heathrow but will it be good news for air travellers?

Rose trousers it at M&S; Sir Ken's role at Morrisons

Leading article: An escalating and irresponsible war of ill-considered words

The confrontation between Iran and London and Washington was building up well before Mr Ahmadinejad's remarks
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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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