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London 2012 security operation will vet 500,000 people

The Home Office is in the process of vetting half a million people to ensure there will be no breaches of security from anyone involved in the Olympic Games.

Former foreign secretary Jack Straw is being sued by Libyan Abdel Hakim Belhadj, right

Mystery delay on check into torture claims

Libya has failed to grant British police leave to interview alleged victims of rendition

Government plans to hold more secret court hearings attacked as 'unfair' and 'dangerous'

The Government came in for withering criticism from all sides yesterday as its plans to hold more court hearings in secret were attacked as “inherently unfair” and “dangerous”.

Chechnyan can return to UK, rule judges

A man deemed likely to help try to kill a Russian politician on Britain's streets has been allowed to return to the UK to fight to stay in the country.

Ahmed Zakayev, the Chechen separatist leader, outside the prosecutor's office in Warsaw after his arrest yesterday

MI5 tries to expel Russian over fears of assassination attempts in Britain

Fears that the UK has become a battleground for deadly Russian vendettas have been reignited after the security services publicly warned of an assassination plot against a high-profile Chechen exile.

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Police and MI5 to get widespread powers to spy on online messages

Police and intelligence officers are to be handed the power to monitor people's messages online in what has been described as an "attack on the privacy" of vast numbers of Britons.

Police and MI5 get power to watch you on the web

Police and intelligence officers are to be handed the power to monitor people's messages online in what has been described as an "attack on the privacy" of vast numbers of Britons.

Chechen 'assassination plot' on British soil

Politician and friend of Vanessa Redgrave was the target of foreign hitmen, warns MI5

MI5 puts all 3,800 agents on Olympic watch

With four months until the Olympics, agents focus on terror threats in £1 billion lockdown

Charlie Chaplin, with his wife Oona, in 1944

MI5 helped US in fruitless search for Charlie Chaplin's Communist past

Even in 1952, with the best years of his movie career behind him, Charlie Chaplin had one of the biggest names in Hollywood. But according to newly released MI5 files the authorities were not convinced it was really his: asked by a suspicious US to investigate Chaplin's early years in England, British intelligence officers were unable to locate the star's birth records.

7/7 inquest cost £4.6m

The inquests into the deaths of the 52 victims of the 7/7 suicide bombings cost more than £4.6 million, official figures show.

MI5 named as gay-friendly employer

The Security Service MI5 has been named on a list of Britain's most gay-friendly employers for the first time.

Plans for the new development

Home is where the factory was: 2,000 new homes are being built at Longbridge

Longbridge was once the centre of Britain's car-building might. Now after years of decline it's being turned into houses, but what does this mean for our industrial heritage? And will buyers want to live on the production line?

MPs' group: legalising drugs works

The Government should consider legalising some substances because the war on drugs is not working, a group of MPs and peers said yesterday.

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