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

Extremists planned to use radio-controlled car in attack on Army base, court told

Four men from Luton have pleaded guilty to the preparation of terrorist acts and are due to be sentenced tomorrow

Andrew Parker, who has been with The Security Service since the early 1980s, will replace Sir Jonathan Evans on April 22

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The new "M"?

Meet the real-life spymaster: Andrew Parker announced as new director general of MI5

The deputy chief of MI5, who led the investigation which foiled an al-Qa’ida plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, has been appointed the new head of the service. Andrew Parker will replace the current director-general, Sir Jonathan Evans, who is stepping down next month.

Sir Jonathan Evans who is to step down as head of MI5 next month, Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs today

MI5 director general Sir Jonathan Evans to step down next month

The head of MI5, Sir Jonathan Evans, is to step down next month after being in charge at a time when the Service faced the rising threat of Islamist extremism.

MI5 warns over financial scam

The home security agency, MI5, has taken the unusual step of issuing a public warning after fraudsters pretending to be the service’s head attempted to obtain money from people.

Adrian Hollis

Adrian Hollis: Classics don and chess grandmaster

Once famously described in the press as one of this country's hidden chess assets, Adrian Hollis spent a long and distinguished academic career as a Classics Tutor and Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. There, amid research focussed largely on Hellenistic and Roman poetry, he bestrode the often narrow confines of his art with consummate ease.

Anti-terror cases hampered by fear of endangering sources

Terror suspects continue to avoid prosecution because British security services fear their secret sources could be exposed by public trials, a Parliamentary committee heard.

Scotland Yard accused of being complicit in torture for failing to investigate UK’s role in alleged war crimes

Scotland Yard has been accused of being complicit in torture for failing to investigate the UK’s role in alleged war crimes.

Tim Pigott-Smith plays Wodehouse, left, in the drama

BBC to bring P G Wodehouse in from the cold with drama about his time in Nazi internment camp

P G Wodehouse is remembered as the comic author who created Jeeves and Wooster, yet for decades he has also been burdened with the reputation of wartime traitor due to accusations he collaborated with the Nazis.

David Oyelewo stars as agent Edward Ekubo in Channel 4 drama ‘Complicit'.

TV review: The security services can't win either way in Complicit, Channel 4

If you think that MI5 is all Berettas and beautiful women, Guy Hibbert wants to disillusion you. Complicit, his drama about the arrest and interrogation of a Muslim radical, begins with a pointed mismatch between sound and vision. On the soundtrack you have the inflammatory rhetoric of an Islamist preacher.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo: Britain's class system is still insidious

Spooks star David Oyelowo has complained that working class actors still hit a "glass ceiling" in Britain.

Dawn French cast as James Corden's mother in his new series The Wrong Mans

Dawn French cast as James Corden's mother in his new series The Wrong Mans

Dawn French is to play funnyman James Corden's mother in his new comedy-thriller TV series.

Mark Kennedy was exposed as an undercover officer in 2011

Undercover police tricked women into sex like James Bond – judge

A group of women who were tricked into having sexual relationships by undercover police officers have won a partial legal victory to have their damages claims heard in open court.

Racism and stereo-typing still rife says stars of controversial Channel 4 torture film Complicit

David Oyelowo: To cry racism in Britain is deemed vulgar...it's insidious here

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