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

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

British aid workers ‘at risk of radicalisation by Syrian rebels’

Government fears hardline Islamists could turn well-meaning  volunteers into jihadists

It was revealed that Britain’s spy centre in Cheltenham has for at least two years been using advanced technology to access hundreds of trans-Atlantic fibre-optic cables which daily carry hundreds of millions of private telecommunications messages

GCHQ spying programme: Spy watchdog ‘is understaffed and totally ineffective’

Watchdog’s office consists of only 10 staff to monitor 10,000 working in spy agencies

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

Alexander Litvinenko: Government refuses calls for public inquiry into death

Spy's widow accuses UK of protecting the Russian state

Jihadists from many countries – these are from Iraq – are travelling to Syria

British spy chiefs warn: Al-Qa'ida could gain access to Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons

Extremist elements in Syria were assessed by the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee to represent 'the most worrying terrorist threat'

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe faces questions over the conduct of undercover officers

Police to apologise for using dead children’s identities

Investigation into covert policing has found widespread use of the practice.

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

High Court appears to back calls for public inquiry into death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko

The High Court appeared to back calls for the government to concede to a public inquiry into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko today.

The MI5 headquarters at Millbank by the Thames

Spy agencies to receive £100m increase to tackle terrorism

Britain’s fight against terrorism is set to get a cash boost, escaping George Osborne’s £11.5 billion cuts to public expenditure.

Key points to expect from the spending review

Chancellor George Osborne is set to unveil his 2015-16 spending review in the House of Commons this afternoon with cuts of £11.5bn already secured through negotiation with government departments.

John Quine: Counter-intelligence supremo at MI6 who exposed the double agent George Blake

John Quine was head of counter-intelligence at the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6 in the 1960s, and one of the team that extracted a confession of treachery from the double agent George Blake. Blake, a member of MI6, was, of all the spies uncovered in the Cold War, the one who did most damage to Britain. He received, in 1961, the longest jail sentence ever given out in a British court – 42 years – but did only five in Wormwood Scrubs before escaping in 1966 to Moscow via East Berlin, to which he was driven hidden inside an accomplice's family camper van.

GCHQ 

British spies at GCHQ 'spied on foreign politicians at G20 summit meetings in London'

An intensive spying operation was mounted by Britain’s secret intelligence agencies on foreign politicians attending two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009, it has been claimed.

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

Theresa May wants to avoid embarrassment over Edward Snowden rather than uphold the law

The Home Secretary's premature decision is enough to show she has prejudged the issue and her bias would make any subsequent decision open to challenge, says Geoffrey Robertson

Betting on the identity of the next Doctor Who has been suspended by one bookmaker following reports the relatively unknown actor Rory Kinnear had been offered the role

Doctor Who? All bets are off as reports claim Skyfall actor Rory Kinnear has been offered the role

Betting on the identity of the next Doctor Who has been suspended by one bookmaker following reports the relatively unknown actor Rory Kinnear had been offered the role.

Litvinenko inquest coroner calls for public inquiry into death of former Russian spy

A coroner has written to the Government to request a public inquiry in place of an inquest into the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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Chinese hackers 'steal blueprints for Australian spy HQ'

Hackers traced to China stole floorplans of the new A$630m base for the Australia Security Intelligence Organisation, according to ABC news

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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

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The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen