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

Marina Litvinenko: she was unsurprised by the delay - the last in a series of many - and says she still believes in the British justice system

Secrecy battle forces new delay in Alexander Litvinenko case

Procrastination, attempts to keep evidence secret and shield the identity of witnesses has led to yet another long delay before the inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko's death can start.

Alexander Litvinenko; Andrei Lugovoy said he would take no further steps to clear his name

Alexander Litvinenko murder suspect to avoid taking part in inquest

Andrei Lugovoy said he had 'lost all faith in the opportunity of an unbiased investigation in Britain'

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210

Murder suspect Andrei Lugovoy to shun UK inquest for spy Alexander Litvinenko

A former KGB agent suspected of murdering Alexander Litvinenko has told a press conference that he will no longer assist the UK-based inquest into the spy's death.

Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the scam, died in police custody

Chaos in Moscow court for trial of dead whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky as legal team fail to show

There was mayhem in a tiny courtroom in Moscow today after one of the most controversial trials in recent Russian history – that of the deceased whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky – failed to start.

Sergei Magnitsky and Bill Browder

Trial by Russian television convicts whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky as MI6 agent

Kremlin-controlled broadcaster steps up smear campaign against lawyer who died in jail

The News Matrix: Friday 1 March 2013

Missing Americans turn up at base

The News Matrix: Thursday 28 February 2013

Insurgent attacks are not decreasing

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at a meeting

Alexander Litvinenko files must stay secret for now, rules coroner

Sensitive evidence alleged to expose poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko's ties to MI6 will be examined in secret, a coroner ruled today.

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at a meeting

Alexander Litvinenko murder: Government accused of cover-up

The British government was accused of colluding with the Russians to cover up vital evidence into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko at a pre-inquest hearing into the former KGB agent's death today.

Tory MP warned of powerful paedophile ring 30 years ago

New evidence supports claim former backbencher’s life was threatened

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.

Texts reveal fraught relationship between Chris Huhne and his son

As Chris Huhne's legal team fought to get his case thrown out, his fractured relationship with his son Peter was revealed in a series of text messages read out to the court.

Crash site: the crane hit by a helicopter last week

Tall buildings and low flying do not mix

The helicopter accident in London is a warning

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.

Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Prostitution and torture censored from Skyfall to appease Chinese market

An edited version of the $1bn grossing Bond film will be distributed so as not to offend China's government

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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn