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

Clegg and Cable disagree over Guardian’s role in Snowden leaks – while Jack Straw says newspaper showed ‘extraordinary naivety and arrogance’

The political row over whether revealing secrets behind GCHQ was a ‘public service’ or ‘gift to terrorists’ continues

Speakers will include Prime Minister David Cameron and supermodel Lily Cole

David Cameron, Lily Cole and Eliza Manningham-Buller to inspire secondary students as 'Speakers for Schools' returns

Politicians, supermodels and sports stars will be blitzing state schools next week in the hope of passing on some of their tips for success to the next generation.

Edward Snowden has claimed his disclosures were in the public interest

Snowden leaks published by the Guardian were damaging to security, says Nick Clegg

His comments follow those earlier this week from Andrew Parker, the new head of MI5, who launched a scathing attack on the leaks

Edward Snowden has claimed his disclosures were in the public interest

MI5 chief Andrew Parker: Edward Snowden's GCHQ leaks gave terrorists 'the gift to evade us and strike at will'

MI5 chief Andrew Parker has spoken out about the damage caused to national security by the publication of secret data

Too late: Four-year-old Hamzah Khan died at the hands of his mother

Special report: Elite social-worker course attracts 1,000 graduates, but Frontline will take only the best 100

Rigorous government-backed tests modelled on MI5 recruitment to create robust child-protection teams

Book review: The Windsor Faction, By DJ Taylor

History and fiction blend in this cunningly mixed cocktail of wartime skullduggery

Victims of a multinational terror force, clockwise from top left: Elif Yavuz; Ross Langdon; Kofi Awoonor; Ruhila Adatia Sood; Juan Ortiz-Iruri; Naguib-Damji; Anne-Marie Desloges;

Kenya shopping mall attack: Who are al-Shabaab, the multinational force of terror at the heart of the Nairobi shopping centre massacre?

International jihad emerges from terrorist 'spectacular' with which al-Shabaab sought to demonstrate that it was not confined to Somalia

New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police

Syria terror probe: Four arrested in Britain

Three men and a woman arrested by Scotland Yard under the Terroism Act

This week's big questions: Should the West go into Syria? Has security gone too far?

This week's questions are answered by the author Philip Pullman

Marian Brudenell

Marian Brudenell: Admired chatelaine of Deene Park

When Michael Heseltine invited the All-Party Gardening Group to visit the arboretum and garden he had developed at his Northamptonshire home, he exclaimed to us, "No one in 150 years' time will care about what the deputy prime minister did or did not do in the 1990s. But they might ask themselves, 'Who created this garden?'"

Agencies should not be upset if we reveal that they run a listening centre in the Middle East

Our national security is vital – but those that enforce it  are not beyond scrutiny

Russell Twisk: Editor of The Listener and Reader's Digest

Russell Twisk was a journalist and editor who topped the masthead of two of the UK’s largest circulation magazines, The Listener and the Reader’s Digest, over a period of two decades.

Blanket coverage: One Direction fan Natasha

Grace Dent on TV: Crazy about One Direction, Channel 4

These bedroom-bound boy-band fanatics are in dire need of a new direction in their lives

The devastation on Market Street, the scene of the Omagh car bombing

Victims’ group demands full inquiry into Omagh bomb

New information shows that atrocity which claimed 29 lives could have been prevented

Omagh report confirms the authorities had the bombers in their sights

There’s sympathy for the families that many things went lethally wrong

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