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GCHQ has been at the heart of the Edward Snowden leaks and been widely criticised for spying on internet activity

The charity Stonewall revealed its Top 100 Employers list on Wednesday

Stonewall Top 100: MoD a top employer for gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual workers

Organisations to receive recognition from the charity include an NHS Trust, and a housing company

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. Spies in the UK are to be allowed to break the speed limit new motoring law proposals

Spies to be allowed to break speed limit in cases of ‘national security emergency’

Change to UK motoring laws will also give speeding exemptions to transplant organ couriers and bomb disposal units

According to secret papers, union leaders suspected of smuggling 'suitcases full of banknotes' from Moscow into Britain during the miners' strike were placed under surveillance by MI5

National Archives release: Margaret Thatcher nearly sent in the Army to crush miners, secret papers reveal

Files released under the 30-year rule reveal how the Thatcher government tried to stifle the National Union of Mineworkers’s funding from the Soviets

The true face of England and Englishness? PJ Harvey performs in Auckland, New Zealand in 2013

PJ Harvey's Today programme: 'A radical and refreshing take on the format'

Yes, the programme skewed to the left but, no, it wasn’t tosh

Curwen: Oleg Gordievsky called him and his colleagues 'the real defenders of democracy'

Sir Christopher Curwen: Security services officer

Head of MI6 whose achievements included bringing the double agent Oleg Gordievsky out of the Soviet Union

Codebreaker Alan Turing

The Big Questions: Do we need an inquiry into the death of Alan Turing? Should Britain boycott Sochi?

This week's big questions are answered by political campaigner Peter Tatchell

Alexander Hanson, here with Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice-Davies, plays the title role in 'Stephen Ward'

Stephen Ward, Aldwych theatre, review: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s never had it so... laboured

First night: Aldwych theatre, London

Lee Rigby murder: Spotlight cast on security services

The secret services were aware of both Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale

The Free Syrian Army (pictured) has produced an intelligence dossier charting the rise of the jihadists

Syrian rebels consider joining forces with regime troops to fight al-Qa’ida

Alliances are shifting after West warns war-torn country poses greatest terror threat

Lord Lloyd Webber, Mandy Rice-Davies and Geoffrey Robertson, QC at the book launch

Profumo scandal revisited: A plea by the model, the QC and the impresario to clear the name of osteopath who took his life 50 years ago

Stephen Ward, who shared a flat with Christine Keeler, said he was a ‘connoisseur of love-making’

1957: Soldiers on patrol holding their guns above their heads as they wade up a river in the jungle during the Malayan Emergency

Revealed: How British Empire’s dirty secrets went up in smoke in the colonies

Thousands of confidential papers were destroyed as British rule neared its end in many colonies

As the West looks away, the Islamists claim Syria’s rebellion for themselves

Diplomatic Channels: Hague is like someone offering sunglasses to a dying man

Gadgets not included: Two-year training programme will cover issues such as cyber threats, espionage, organised crime and terrorism

Now recruiting teen Bonds: Security services target school leavers for next generation of 'trainee spies'

Radical plans created by Britain’s security services will see school leavers recruited as “trainee spies” to form a new generation of espionage experts.

Mark Pritchard has declared receiving fees of nearly £27,000 from Soufan

Tory MP Mark Pritchard, the al-Qa’ida hunter, and a £154-an-hour contract that could become a security issue

MP receives fees from US intelligence firm while holding security positions in Parliament

This will be the 10th year that BBC Radio's premier news programme has 'handed over the reins' for the week between Christmas and the new year to an eclectic selection of famous individuals

Guest editors: Over and out?

Well-known guest editors taking over BBC's Today show is a Christmas tradition – an escape from the 24-hour news cycle. But the scheme may have had its time, says Ian Burrell

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Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss