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Homeland actor David Harewood is the latest name to be linked to the lead role in Doctor Who after bookies noted a surge in bets for the star.

David Harewood linked to Doctor Who role

Homeland actor David Harewood is the latest name to be linked to the lead role in Doctor Who after bookies noted a surge in bets for the star.

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Threat of terrorism in Northern Ireland ‘will last for years'

Theresa Villiers says dissident republican groups will continue to plan attacks

Al-Qa’ida publishes guide for aspiring jihadists

MI5 is said to be “concerned” about the publication of a new al-Qa’ida “pocket-book” guide to carrying out lone-wolf terrorist attacks.

Ex-spy boss Sir Jonathan Evans to help HSBC in fight against financial crime

Bank hires former head of MI5 to clean up its act after being fined by US authorities

Friend of suspected Woolwich attacker arrested after appearing on Newsnight is charged with three terror offences

A friend of a suspected Woolwich attacker who was arrested after appearing on Newsnight has been charged with three terror offences.

Mohammed Hamid, described as 'dangerously charming', progressed from shoplifting to turning young men into jihadists

Jailed preacher, Mohammed Hamid, who trained 21/7 bombers ‘linked’ to Woolwich attack suspect, Michael Adebolajo

Man accused of Drummer Lee Rigby's murder said to have had contact with 'Osama Bin London'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was branded “irresponsible” by a Conservative former police minister today for blocking new powers for security services to monitor the emails and internet use of suspected terrorists.

Nick Clegg branded 'irresponsible on terror' by Conservative former police minister

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was branded “irresponsible” by a Conservative former police minister today for blocking new powers for security services to monitor the emails and internet use of suspected terrorists.

Michael Adebowale pictured shortly after last Wednesday's attack

Woolwich attack: Police to begin questioning Michael Adebowale on suspicion of murdering soldier Lee Rigby

22-year-old was moved into police custody yesterday after being discharged from hospital

Sam Mendes at the premiere of Skyfall

Skyfall might not be the limit as Sam Mendes rumoured to direct next Bond after all

Sam Mendes said just months ago that he was putting 007 on ice to focus on theatre. But now it seems that the Skyfall director was just being coy, as Sony Pictures and MGM have reportedly started talks for him to return and direct Daniel Craig in the next instalment of the James Bond franchise.

Members of the media stand near the scene where a British soldier was killed in Woolwich, southeast London

Woolwich attack: MI5 'not in the dock' says former defence secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind

MI5 is not in the dock even though MPs are preparing to investigate the service's operations prior to soldier Lee Rigby's murder, a former defence secretary said today.

Michael Adebolajo, centre, was one of seven men arrested by Kenyan police on an island close to the Somali border

Terror in Woolwich: MI5 ‘tried to recruit suspect in Kenyan jail’

Woolwich suspect may have struck a deal with MI5 to secure release by the African country

Theresa May plans fresh crackdown on extremists groups

Theresa May warned today there are potentially thousands of people at risk of being radicalised in the UK as she indicated plans for a fresh crackdown on extremists groups.

Woolwich murder suspect's 'friend' arrested after claiming on Newsnight MI5 tried to recruit Michael Adebolajo

Abu Nusaybah told BBC show suspect turned down offer to work for security service

Suspects Michael Adebolajo, left and Michael Adebowale, right

Did MI5 blunder over Woolwich 'killers'? We will never know

Intelligence and Security Committee will not present findings to the public

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To many younger readers, Ian McEwan's super-smart Cold War entertainment will function as a history lesson as much as a delicious box of story-telling tricks.

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